Opportunities in Japan For EFL Teachers

Date posted:2016-12-01 | Writer: International Education Services | Email: [email protected]

Searching for an English teaching job overseas using your TEFL skills? Interested in experiencing Japanese culture? Excited by the opportunity to live and work in Tokyo? Graduates with teaching experience are encouraged to apply to International Education Services (IES), a language training consultancy with almost 50 years of experience. Headquartered in Tokyo, IES has extensive experience designing and conducting business, technical, specialized, and cross-cultural communication programs for Japanese corporations and national governmental organizations, as well as providing English instruction in Japanese elementary and secondary schools. IES hires directly and exclusively to fill vacancies within the company.

You will be assigned to teach Japanese students EFL in elementary, junior high, and high school classes in and around Tokyo. Student ages will range from 6 to 18 years old. Your role will be to assist the Japanese teacher in the classroom during English lessons. Elementary School lessons generally involve music, games, and activities that get the children to communicate as much as possible while motivating them to study English more. Junior high and high schools use an interactive approach that allows students and teachers to easily communicate. You may also teach general business communication courses to employees selected by our corporate clients in Japanese industry, as well as to officials from national government ministries and agencies.

You will be given extensive induction training on arrival supplemented with regular feedback and counseling. In your adult classes, you will be trained to use a small group, communicative, English-only, coaching-based approach. For all classes, detailed training plans and in-house learning materials will be provided. Administrative assistance with class logistics will be provided by our bilingual Japanese course coordinators.

You will earn the Japanese Yen (JPY) equivalent of USD30,000.00. Compensation is paid monthly in JPY (income tax deductions will be about 5-7%; sales tax is 8%; automobile ownership unnecessary). You will be offered an annual, renewable contract which includes work-visa sponsorship, paid vacations, subsidized health insurance payments (Japan’s national plan covers 70% of medical/dental fees), contract fulfillment bonus (to help cover cost of flights etc.), and travel expenses to/from teaching assignments. Your starting date is negotiable, with the biggest windows of opportunity during the months of March ~ June and August ~ October. You will also receive comprehensive assistance with your work-visa submission, hotel and other arrival arrangements, finding accommodation (average rent about USD600.00/month), and other settling-in challenges.


A minimum requirement when submitting documentation for securing your work-visa approval is a BA/BSc degree certificate from an accredited university and sponsorship by IES. A teaching qualification and/or TESOL/TEFL/CELTA certification while certainly advantageous is not mandatory, with equal consideration given to each candidates personality, educational background, and work experience. An assessment of any candidates English language proficiency may be required as part of the hiring process.

IES hires directly and exclusively to fill vacancies within the company. IES is not a third-party recruiter and no fees are associated with applying for any positions with IES.


Please email your cover letter, outlining your reasons for wanting to work for IES in Japan, and CV (pdf file) to Damian Thomas in Tokyo at the email address given on the job heading.


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.


This was a really interesting study of two videos in a classroom setting with the same teacher and students. The first video was cringe-worthy with the teacher seeming awkward and almost threatening, and the students shy and quiet. In the second video, small changes in the teacher's behaviour elicited a huge change in level of interactivity of the students. Really quite impressive to see!Some equipment and teaching aids for the classroom include the whiteboard, interactive whiteboard, overhead projector, visual aids, DVDs, dictionaries, and resource books. Youtube has also become a great resource for material. If using an interactive whiteboard, good training is important in order to effectively use it. Computer-aided language learning can also be very useful for a class.