Employment teaching English in Japan

Date posted:2003-12-03 | Writer: Jade Eikaiwa | Email: [email protected]

We have positions available starting either immediately, after the New Year or in April for teachers in our Shikoku schools.

The positions are for "conversation" teachers who will be responsible a range of classes from small children through to adult and company lessons. However, as a large percentage of classes involve children we are looking for teachers who are comfortable working with kids. Preference will therefore be given to applicants with a background in early childhood development, elementary school teaching or other experience dealing with children.

A degree is of course necessary for Visa requirements as well as a commitment to teach for at least one year. Applicants open to staying longer in Japan are welcomed. We presently employ 6 foreign teachers with one of them now into his fourth year with us.

Our school has been operating now for just over 12 years with branches in four cities along the northwest coast of Shikoku which is the smallest of Japan's 4 main islands. The names of the cities are Imabari, Saijo, Niihama and Iyo-Mishima. The actual positions are based in our Niihama and Imabari conversation schools.

Our classes are varied in the extreme .... childrens' classes (4 years up), junior h/school, senior h/school, jukus (cram schools), daytime housewife classes, kindergartens, company contracts, community classes and evening classes.

The exact makeup of all our teachers' schedules vary as does their daily routine but once they are asigned a class it generally remains theirs until they leave.

Class sizes also vary but in-house classes are limited to 8 students though the norm would be between 4-6 students per class with lesson duration being either one or one and a half hours.

All of the classes work from set texts which are drawn from the popular conversations texts available in Japan and teachers have freedom to interpret them largely as they wish, bearing in mind though that Japanese students are interested in more communicative approaches than grammar based lessons.

*Regarding salary, the guaranteed base income is 275, 000 yen per month for 100 hours contact time, any hours taught above this will be paid at 3, 000 yen per hour. And at the successful completion of a one year contract an additional bonus of 150, 000 yen will be paid which more than covers airfares to and from Japan. Both the monthly salary and bonus are taxed at the standard Japanese rate of about 9% (combined National and Prefectual taxes).

*Accomodation is arranged, a comfortable one bedroom apartment which is furnished with all necessities. The rent is 55, 000 yen per month. Utilities are extra and would come to about 8, 000 yen per month.

*Medical insurance is paid by the company and covers 70% of all medical costs including dental.

If these basic conditions sound interesting please contact me at [email protected] or Tel/Fax 81-897-32-7490 with your resume details included and we can go into matters in more detail.

Bye for now ....... Peter Gabites

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching.


My first language is English, but the majority of this information was not taught to me growing up; language was acquired naturally, but the varying tenses found in the textbook certainly lend a different feel to each sentence of which the student should be aware. I anticipate that lots of involvement and examples will provide clarity to future students. I was surprised by how often the present tense is used in colloquial speaking.In this unit we had the chance to witness the huge difference between an apathetic presentation and a smile and friendly one. The differences between a well-done planning lesson structure with drawings, figures, mimics and a very intimidating and cold kind of classroom atmosphere. Also how the teacher did build up the students confident greeting and praising their actions making them feel confortable during the entire second lesson.