School/Business English Teacher in Tokyo, Japan (Spring 2024)

Date posted:2023-10-12 | Writer: International Education Services | Email: [email protected]

Considering a teaching job overseas? Interested in Japanese education, business, and culture? Enjoy them all and so much more by living and working in Tokyo starting in March 2024. International Education Services (IES), a language consultancy in Japan, is seeking graduates to work as English language instructors.

International Education Services (IES) was established in Japan in 1969. Headquartered in Tokyo, IES provides English instruction in Japanese elementary and secondary schools. IES also has extensive experience designing and conducting business, engineering, pharmaceutical, and customized communication programs for Japanese corporations and national governmental organizations.

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

Salary and benefits

Compensation is paid monthly in JPY for the total number of hours taught. Per hour rates of between 2,500 ~ 3,500 yen depend on the type of instruction (i.e., school or business classes) and the time of day at which they are conducted. IES simultaneously guarantees annual compensation of at least 2,800,000 Japanese Yen. Instructors can earn more than this minimum salary based on their teaching performance, market interest in their educational backgrounds and work experience, and the overall robustness of the Japanese economy. Income tax deduction will be about 5-7%, and automobile ownership is 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 payment (to help cover cost of flights etc.), and travel expenses to/from teaching assignments. You will also receive comprehensive assistance with your work-visa submission, hotel, and other arrival arrangements, finding accommodation (average rent about US$750.00/month), and other settling-in challenges.


We are looking to employ candidates with excellent personable and communicative skills. Minimum immigration requirements to secure the necessary work-visa are a BA/BS degree certificate from an accredited university, in an English-speaking country and sponsorship by IES (work-visa sponsorship is required to work legally in Japan). Teaching qualifications, TESOL/CELTA certification, and one/two years of teaching experience while advantageous are not compulsory, with equal consideration also given to each candidate’s personality, educational background, work experience, and demonstrable interest in and exposure to Japanese culture and Japanese citizens. Some Japanese language ability will be advantageous.

How to apply

Please email your CV as a pdf attachment (CV should include a chronological listing (with dates) of your educational background and work experience) and cover letter outlining your reasons for wanting to live and work for IES to Damian Thomas in Tokyo at the email address in the job heading.

Successful applicants only will be emailed additional information and an IES questionnaire used during your online interview. 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.