What are our students like?
Understanding who you will be teaching is one of the factors to consider while applying for a teaching position. Below you will find information about our students, based on data from March 2016. Things have changed a little since then due to our opening new locations.
What is the attribution of our students?
Linguage’s main customer group is females in their 20s and 30s.
About 80% of our students are in their 20s and 30s and about 70% are female.
The majority of those studying at Linguage are office workers, but we also have a substantial number of college students, freelance workers and business owners.
Attribution of our students
What are the students’ English levels?
No admission fee. No advance tuition payment. These unique features of the tuition system of Linguage, attract many students who had previously hesitated to register with other English conversation schools that charge a large initial sign-up fee. About 90% of students at Linguage are beginners. We use the placement standard of "Direct English".
Lesson Material "Direct English"
Teaching experience required to teach FD ~ Level 3.
Teaching beginner Japanese students is often seen as more of a challenge than teaching intermediate and advanced students.
Language barrier and cultural differences play an important part here. Although lessons are to be conducted only in English, there are occasions when students would want an explanation in Japanese. In those cases, the Japanese staff is always ready to step in and help you!
One of the biggest challenges is to help the students open up and try communicating in English. Many students get frustrated and discouraged at the rate of their progress. The beginner students need a lot of encouragement and positive feedback. Keeping their motivations high will be one of your main roles!
Level 3 ~ Level 7 are easier than other levels.
Students at these levels can communicate better because they have more vocabulary. Many instructors find classes for these levels are the easiest to conduct.
Knowledge in specific fields is essential for level 8 or "Direct English Business English".
Students in Level 8 and a more specific business-oriented “Direct English Business English” are fluent English speakers. While teaching these levels, instructors need to provide industry-specific and high-level vocabulary and expressions.
Encouraging, motivating and creating a welcoming and positive atmosphere for your students is one of the most important tasks you will have at Lingauge.
Japanese students, especially beginner level students, tend to be rather shy and have few chances to communicate with foreigners. They often have stage fright when faced with the prospect of taking to foreigners, especially if they do not speak Japanese.
At Linguage, students are supposed to use only English during class and to communicate with foreign instructors. This helps improve their conversation skills, but can also be a cause of stress and frustration for those students whose English is not yet fluent enough or who are not used to communicating in English. Some will try to avoid speaking in order not to make mistakes and look foolish in front of you and their classmates. Some will try to put in Japanese words whenever possible.
Please be patient, considerate and understanding towards your students. They will look up to you for guidance and kind encouragement.
Why do students learn English conversation?
The reasons for the students taking English conversation classes vary. Some have clear reasons such as "necessity to use English at work" or "to be able to travel comfortably". But some just enjoy studying English itself as their hobby. One common thing among all of them is their enthusiasm. Most of the them diligently prepare for the lesson, finding time during their busy schedule. If you teach students, the enthusiastic ones are much more fun to teach, aren't they?
- I would like to enjoy movies in English language without subitles.
- I used to go to English conversation school. I would like to start it again as my hobby.
- I would like to be able to speak English with natural pronoucation.
- I would like to communicate with my colleagues from other countries well.
- I would like to bring TOEIC score higher for study abroad.
- I would like to attend my foreign patients in English.