TEFL in Kumano, Japan

Date posted:2004-04-29 | Writer: KICC English School | Email: [email protected]

KICC English School, located in the spectacular rural region of Kumano, is seeking to fill a full time position. Starting date will be in July, 2004 with a contract length of one year, renewable with the agreement of both parties. Though not a requirement, special consideration will be given to teachers who have an education background, especially those with experience teaching in Japan. Basic computer skills are required.

We have furnished houses and provide sponsorship so that you can obtain a working visa or extend your existing working visa. Numerous teaching resources and materials are available. There are weekly brain-storming meetings which can help you adjust to your new job and, when adjusted, to continue fueling you with creative ideas. There is a computer lab running Windows 2000/XP with Internet access which can be utilized by the teachers to produce teaching materials, do research etc. You can also call home and friends at very low rates on our IP phone service.

Our school has five branches in Kumano region, allowing you to travel short distances by train or bus along the Pacific coastline, famous for its gorgeous natural beauty. We maintain a staff of four western teachers, a ready-made social circle here to help you adapt, cope with and enjoy life in Japan. English-speaking Japanese staff is ready to assist you in any and all matters, for example, helping you get adjusted to your new home, questions about Japanese language or class discipline and dynamics etc.

Life in Shingu Å… The best way to get around Shingu is by bicycle. Å… Public transportation available in the region is by JR (Japan Rail) trains, buses, private bus or taxi. For work, you will use mainly trains and in a few cases the bus, the fares for both of course covered by KICC. Å… Nestled in a little cove between the mountains and where the Kumano River empties into the Pacific, Shingu is a center of the Kumano region with easy access to explore the natural beauty of the area and for visiting historical sites. This is truly a spectacular area.

Starting salary: 230, 000 yen

There are 47 work weeks with 10 days paid holidays.

We are instating an incentive system to reward instructors who perform well and make a genuine effort. We hope to have all teachers who fulfill the basic duties of the position up to 250, 000 yen a month within 3 to 6 months. We want to encourage and reward people on the team who maintain a cheerful positive attitude. Credentials alone mean little on our team where your attitude, skills and performance are what will determine your monthly paycheck which can reach upwards of 300, 000 yen a month. Every 6 months instructors will be eligible for raises based on a review of their achievements. All positions have Saturday and Sunday off except in the case of special events such as the Christmas, Halloween and Wine & Cheese parties, in which case you would be awarded an alternate day off.

We provide National Heath insurance (covers 70% of medical & dental costs).

Accommodations: We have 2 furnished houses for teachers. Note that here in Japan, deposits are often ten months worth of rent paid in advance, only 66% to 80% of which will be refunded. Key-money is a non-refundable gratuity to your landlord. Prices vary greatly depending on the region. To your great benefit, key money/deposits have been paid by KICC and your low-cost rent is shared between you and your roommate. The houses are a little old but are fully functional and comfortable. Without exception, all the teachers have so far been pleasantly surprised. Compared to the option of cramped apartments, one's own private house is a welcomed haven.

Be sure to take health insurance, key-money/deposits and other hidden expenses into account when comparing salaries with other English schools. We will be straight and above the board with you and hope to find instructors that are honest and cooperative in a work environment that requires both teamwork and self-motivation.

E-mail your resumes/CVs to [email protected] but don't forget, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED ONLY AFTER THESE ITEMS ARE SUBMITTED.

1. The completed questionnaire (below)

2. Your resume/CV including your date of birth.

3. Two recent photos


1. When will you be able to start teaching in Japan?

2. Which do you prefer to teach, children or adults?

3. Please describe your strengths and weaknesses as an English teacher?

4. What kind of teaching materials have you used in the past? (i.e. name of the textbook or materials- those with no experience may leave this blank)

5. Do you have ESL qualification? If so, list your qualifications and how long it took you to be qualified?

6. Have you ever taught ESL abroad? If so, how long and what have you learned from that experience?

7. What do you think is the most important thing to be good EFL instructor?

8. Apart from teaching English, what else can you offer to KICC students?

9. Is there anything you would like to learn about Japanese culture?

10. How would you describe your Japanese language level? 4. confident in a variety of situations 3. comfortable with daily conversation 2. speak enough to get by in daily life 1. speak very little 0. none

Thank you for your time and efforts!

KICC English School

Attention: Yusui Iwasawa and Tim Detmer

1-8-13 Horai, Shingu-Shi, Wakayama-Ken JAPAN 647-0023

E-mail: [email protected]

URL: Contact us

Fax: 81-735-28-2234

Tel: 81-735-28-2230

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