Teach English in Japan
START DATE: ASAP
SALARY: 240,000 to 280,000+ yen per month
Advantage English in Nagoya, Japan, needs to fill a full- time English instructor position immediately. At this time we are giving preference to North American instructors who have experience with young kids and company workers. All our instructors teach both kids and adults.
** Competitive and career-minded salary **
Instructors are guaranteed from 240,000 to 280,000+yen per month (depending on qualifications and experience), working a max of 28 contact hours. Instructors are able to qualify for overtime pay. Guaranteed salary is based genuine ESL experience and qualifications. Applicants will be informed of the probable rate only if contacted for follow up and interview. A raise of up to 10,000 per month is standard upon completion of one year of the two-year contract and instructor evaluation.
** Working hours **
Instructors who have fulfilled their weekly contact hour load are only required to be in the schools for their classes. Instructors who are under the contact hours that make up their guaranteed salary will be required to work non-contact hours. (More information provided.) Advantage English is open from 9am-10pm. Every instructor has a unique schedule. Even busy teachers however, have time in the day to pursue other interests as long as they don’t require leaving the city. Some days are busier than others.
** Holiday **
Instructors are given one day off per week in addition to Sunday. We are closed on Sunday. We are also closed on all national holidays. Last year there were 16 national holidays. Instructors also have paid vacation during the summer O-bon for a week, and winter for a week. All national holidays are paid off.
** Classes **
Schedules include a wide mix, from babies to retired folks. The right applicant should be: personable, friendly, cheerful (even when having a bad day), responsible, patient, professional, dependable and kind. Negativism and pessimism are highly frowned upon. We are interested in teaching, first and foremost. We want to provide our students with the best possible teacher, lessons, and service. We hope to see results with all students. Teachers are expected to use the Advantage English method for kids and adults. Most classes are small with five students maximum. Training is provided and an experienced Advantage English teacher will have the confidence and ability to teach anywhere in the world.
** Work environment **
Most classes are taught at the four Advantage English schools in Nagoya, conveniently located near the Higashiyama subway line, the main line of the city. Sometimes teachers are sent to a student’s house or to a place of business. All the schools are located in affluent neighborhoods with good air quality and many parks.
Single apartment, 55,000 per month furnished with necessities (minus futon), a minute away on foot from the subway station and 6 minutes away on foot from the main school. Great neighborhood with many shops, grocery stores and restaurants all in walking distance. No key money. One month deposit.
** Nagoya **
As a place to live, Nagoya is often described as, ‘sumiyasui’, the literal meaning being, ‘easy to live’. Even though it’s the third largest city in Japan, Nagoya sometimes feels like a medium sized city in the United States. The city roads are wide, apartments comfortable and the cost of living reasonable. It has everything that Tokyo and Osaka do, just not as hectic and expensive. Great skiing and snowboarding are just two hours away. You can get to Kyoto in 45 minutes by bullet train. Osaka is an hour away and Tokyo, just under two. There is a vibrant and active expat community in Nagoya.
** Staff **
Advantage English was founded by Raul Boggio (USA) in 1996 and
is run by Raul and Yoko Honda, a native of Nagoya. The current full
time instructors are from the USA and Canada (Steve, Claire, Kali,
Brant, Keeva, Hailey, Nate and Raul). We are a social bunch and have many events and parties. We have a near zero turnover rate. We are selective and instructors tend to stay. This is a very fun school to work at and Raul and Yoko are supportive and caring. All efforts are made to work in harmony.
** Company culture **
Teach caringly. Look and be your best. Be independent but social. Accept constructive criticism. Be humble and always strive to be a better teacher and person. Stay positive and refrain from needless complaining. Work hard-play hard. Stay informed of world events.
The applicant should be: gentle with young children, fashionably and professionally
dressed at all times (you will be in the company of fashion conscious
Japanese), well-mannered and polite, and extremely kind to students of
all ages but especially to children and the elderly.
Training will be provided regardless of experience.
If you’re not interested in learning Japanese and about the culture and people, then please do not apply for this job. If you already speak Japanese, great! We look forward to hearing from you.
Serious applicants include the following:
2. A recent picture and passport picture (one each)
3. A letter of reference with accompanying contact information (at least one but the more the better) We check all references.
4. A cover letter stating the reasons you would like to live in Japan,
why you want to work at Advantage English and why you think you would be a good addition to our team of friendly, hardworking and professional teachers.
5. Include Skype ID and ideal time to be reached.
Contact Raul Boggio and Yoko Honda by email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org / advantage_english_japan @ yahoo.com