TEFL in Numata City, Japan

Date posted:2007-04-19 | Writer: Griff Eagle | Email: [email protected]

Griff-Eagle: An English conversation school department of a school tutoring company.

We are a casual yet professional school in the countryside of Gunma. Numata is surrounded by beautiful rivers and mountains. Near ski resorts, river-rafting, hiking trails and famous hot springs. Numata city is a quiet place, but larger cities are accessible by car or by train. Tokyo city is three hours by regular train or one and a half hours by bullet train. The position is most suitfor someone who likes to live away from the hustle and bustle of a big city and who will find contentment in exploring Japanese culture and lifestyle.

Job details:

Start date:

Position begins in late June 2007 with a paid 2 week training period.


255, 000 yen per month


One year contract, renewable upon mutual agreement on both parties. Pay rises are available upon renewal of contract.


Basic furnished apartment provided; 35, 000-yen rent shall be deducted monthly from salary. The company pays the Bond money. Apartment is a 10-minute walk from work.

Flight cost:

Cost of flight home will be reimbursed on completion of one-year contract.


*Christmas holiday (school closed) from 25 December to 3 January every year.
*Spring holiday (school closed) from 29 April to 5 May every year.
*Summer holiday (school closed) 3 August to 5 August because of town festival.
*Additional unpaid holidays can also be taken providing a substitute teacher can be found.

Work schedule:

*Work Days are –
Tuesday to Friday 1pm to 10pm and Saturday 12pm to 9pm
*Daily lunch break is 1 hour. You can go home for lunch.
*Teacher’s workload is usually 6 classes per day (50 minute classes).
*Average class size is 3 students however can range from 1 to 6 people.
*Occasional Kindergarten lessons in the morning outside of work hours but extra income!


Eagle staff comprised of one Japanese manager and 2 foreign teachers. The company though is Japanese and all other 20 something staff are Japanese.


The company will sponsor a working visa.

Job Requirements:

*Applicant should be a native English speaker with a proper University Diploma (original needed) so that we may sponsor a working visa.
*Applicant should have a TEFL certificate (Cambridge RSA/CELTA or similar).
*It is essential the applicant feels comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings, and can cope with the challenges of living in a very different environment. There are other foreigners living in the area, but many people you socialize with will be Japanese and communication can be a struggle at the start.
*Applicant should have a genuine enjoyment of teaching and a positive attitude. We enjoy a happy working environment and would like to keep it that way.
*Applicant does not need to know Japanese but it would be extremely beneficial to learn it.
*The applicant hopefully has an international driver’s license but it is not essential, as they will need to travel to kindergarten classes (5 minutes drive)
*Applicant does not need to wear a suit everyday to work. However a suit will be needed for formal occasions. It is expected however that the applicant dress tidily. Smart looking cotton trousers, khakis or jeans and nice shirts are acceptable; torn, faded, shabby clothing is obviously not acceptable.
*Applicant must have a hospitable attitude. In the countryside many students come not just to learn English, but to get the chance to spend some time with a foreigner and to learn about their culture.
*Applicants will be expected to follow a general syllabus of the school; however, other activities and games are up to the teachers own creativity as long as they are appropriate activities. This is an excellent chance for someone who does not fit the mould of strict syllabi in chain English schools- a great place for a creative and flexible person

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