If you want to become an english teacher purely to enter Japan and get a Visa easily, you only need a degree. I'm setting off to work for Nova next monday, and I couldn't answer any of the questions I saw in this thread about grammar. But I look english and speak english, so its not really important.
Now I see why Nova has such a bad reputation. I wonder how many of their teachers think the same thing...
It sounds terrible when I say it, and its not something I'm proud of. Due to the way Nova lessons are structured there is no room for flexibility or imposing yourself as a teacher, infact people have been known to complain if you deviate from the material even one bit.
I've done enough research to know most of this before I go though. I would be willing to teach English myself (its not that I hate teaching) but I don't really consider Nova a "real" teaching job. Both my parents are teachers and I know what hard work it can be, and I know how rewarding it can also be. I don't know how long I will last myself though (probably not long before I start looking for an IT related job
I know you teach English keatonatron and I hope you enjoy it and get a lot out of it. I don't want to feel like I'm attacking the profession, but I don't think anyone serious about teaching as a career would enjoy working with a company like Nova....
EDIT - Oh and when I said "But I look english and speak english, so its not really important." I wasn't referring to ability to teach english, but that its enough to get the job with Nova.