Teach EFL in Japan - Nagano

Date posted:2004-02-20 | Writer: IZUMI-SHOBO | Email: [email protected]

Our staff is very small and the atmosphere very family-like and we will have positions available in our English Club and Junior High School AET positions from March (April for AET positions) 2004.

Basic Terms for the positions are as follows


ENGLISH CLUB POSITION:
Full-time
Hours: 35-40 hours per week (includes office/prep and travel time)
#/Length of Classes: Average 15, 50 minute classes per week (plus other teaching duties)
Class Size: Approx. 4-10 students/class (you will generally teach the same students)
Days: M-F (plus 6 Saturday events; and Christmas/summer events)
Izumi does hold classes on national holidays, but teachers are not required to report to the office on these days, they simply go to their classrooms and teach the lessons for those days.
Hours: Mostly afternoon & evening classes - some morning kindergartens possible (hours vary depending on daily schedule, but the schedules themselves are set for the length of the contract)

PayÜ & Benefits
1) JYen250, 000- JYen260, 000/month (depending on degree/s, experience and teaching schedule)
2) Cash bonus of JYen50, 000 (minimum) upon completion of a one year contract
3) Partially furnished apartment is provided at a moderate rent
Company has already paid all deposits. All utilities paid (except phone) up to JYen10, 000/month
4) Company car (insured and lent at JYen20, 000/month) fully available for personal use petrol paid by company
5) International health insurance- half paid by company (up to Yen3, 500/month) half by employee (apprx. Yen3, 500/month)
6) Visa sponsorship and renewal

Holidays
English Club Teachers receive the following holidays:
1) Golden Week approx. 1 week at end of April/beginning of May
2) Obon - approx. 1+ weeks in mid-August
3) Christmas/New Year's up to 3 weeks at end of December/beginning January
4) Sick days in accordance with Japanese Labor practices

Requirements:
1) Must enjoy children
2) Bachelor's Degree and fluency in English (we cannot accept candidates without a 3 or 4 year degree)
3) Experience and/or education in English teaching (teaching English to children) is preferred
4) Proper working visa: Izumi will sponsor appropriate candidates outside Japan
5) Minimum 1 year commitment
6) Valid home country DL + International Driver's Permit or ability to obtain a Japanese DL

This English Club Position has the potential to develop into a Head Teacher and Trainer/Curriculum Developer position from August of 2004 for the right candidate. A subsequent salary increase and reduction of teaching hours to accommodate these new responsibilities would be considered at that time. Because of this potential for promotion, preference will be given to candidates who posses the following skills:

1) Basic Japanese speaking ability (not essential, but helpful)
2) Previous people management experience
3) Previous experience in a head teacher or training capacity in Japan
4) Experience or ability in original lesson and curriculum design
5) Expresses a willingness to commit to a two year work period (in one-year increments)
6) Can show through previous experience that they are highly dependable and flexible
7) Excellent computer skills (MS Office, Publisher, some Photoshop) or is a quick learner

This would be an excellent opportunity for someone who is currently living in Japan or has had extensive previous experience in Japan and is interested in a longer term stay in the Suwa/Chino area.

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL AET POSITIONS:
Full-time
Hours: 35-40 hours per week (includes office/prep and travel time)
#/Length of Classes: Varies according to school schedule
Class Size: Varies according to classroom size
Days: M-F (plus 6 Saturday events and occasional school activities as decided between the school and teacher)
Hours: According to the Junior High School Schedule (generally 8-4pm)

Pay & Benefitsá
1) up to JYen280, 000/month (depending on degree/s and experience)
2) Cash bonus of JYen50, 000 (minimum) upon completion of a one year contract
3) A furnished and shared house is provided at a moderate rent (approx. JYen25, 000/month). No deposits necessary. All utilities paid (except phone) up to JYen10, 000/month per person.
4) Company car (insured and lent at JYen20, 000/month) fully available for personal use
5) International health insurance- half paid by company (up to Yen3, 500/month) half by employee (apprx. Yen3, 500/month)
6) Visa sponsorship and renewal

Holidays
Exact holidays are set in accordance with the Junior High School calendar, but holidays are generally taken at Xmas/New Years, Spring Vacation (March), Golden Week and Summer vacation as well as national holidays. Sick days may be taken in accordance with Japanese Labor practices.

Requirements:
1) Canadian, British, Australian or New Zealand candidates preferred
1) Bachelor's Degree and fluency in English (we will not accept candidates without a 3/4 year degree)
2) Experience and/or education in English teaching is preferred
3) Proper working visa: Izumi will sponsor appropriate candidates outside Japan
5) Minimum 1 year commitment - renewable once
7) Valid home country DL + International Driver's Permit or ability to obtain a Japanese DL

To apply please send the following via email ([email protected]) or fax 0266-58-0504 (outside Japan 81-266-58-0504) to Mr. Kenji Ishimura at Izumi-Shobo:

1) Cover letter stating which position (English Club or AET) and why you're interested in it.
It would be helpful if you could highlight why you enjoy teaching children and your basic concept or philosophy toward teaching English (particularly to young learners).
2) Resume/CV (include your nationality, age and marital status)
3) Recent Photo
4) Your current Japanese visa status (if applicable- please indicate the exact date of your original arrival in Japan)
5) Your home country's driver's license status- type (i.e. Canadian, British, etc.) issue and expiration dates

Please send resumes/CV in MS Word format and pictures as JPEG format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please do not send scanned copies of your degrees or references at this time. If/when we need them, we will request them.

Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview. Initial interviews will be by phone. Those who are successful with the first interview may be asked to have a second interview either in Japan (travel expenses will be borne by the candidate) for those currently residing in Japan or telephone interviews for those living abroad. Again, only candidates currently residing in Japan will be considered for AET positions and candidates will be required to come to our head office for at least one personal interview.

These are great opportunities for anyone who wishes to study or improve upon their Japanese, enjoys the great outdoors and is looking for a less hectic, friendlier and relaxed environment when compared to teaching in large cities. Training, support and all teaching materials and curriculum are provided, but we do require teachers who work well independently with little or no supervision as the classrooms are generally located off site from the head office.

We look forward to hearing from interested, experienced candidates!

Note on ENGLISH CLUB POSITIONS - this does NOT apply to AET POSITIONS


As stated previously, Izumi has a set curriculum and teaching materials. For English Club positions Izumi will provide training during the first month of employment to familiarize the teacher with the classroom locations, curriculum and materials. At this time the new teacher will accompany the current teacher to the various classrooms in order to observe their lessons and help teach the classes. During the probation/training period the salary will be paid at a rate of 70% of the monthly salary.

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.

 

I learned a great deal from this unit - some of these tenses are not used in other languages and I realize now that English is very confusing. Understanding reported and direct speech is important because one can communicate when the action happened - yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I always appreciate the teaching ideas in the unit lesson and will always use these ideas to help students understand conditionals and reported speech.I learned that the difference between a placement and a diagnostic test. A placement test is more for the individual student to see where he or she lies and the extent of their knowledge. A diagnostic test is taken at the beginning of the year to help the teacher see where the group is as a whole so he/she can create lessons that are at the right level for students. I didn't know all about the external examinations that take place!

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