Applicants must have some proficiency in the Japanese language or a desire to learn the language. Previous teaching experience or extended interaction with children or young adults is preferred, but not necessary. We require that you be ready and able to commit to a full year contract, and be punctual during your time in Japan. You will receive training before the school year starts in April and periodically throughout the year.
Below is a brief description of the position so that you can start to visualize what your role would be.
ALTs assist Japanese teachers of English deliver lessons in the classroom and are involved in lesson planning and other language teaching tasks. Other duties include being a part of school club activities and other school events (sports days, culture festivals, and music competitions), speech contest coaching, as well as undertaking tasks not directly related to teaching.
In Japan, teachers will clean the schools with the students and also eat lunch with them. ALTs are expected to join in on such activities while interacting with the students as much as possible. Traditionally, English instruction at Japanese schools consists of mostly English grammar and translation, so many students have no opportunity to listen to or speak in English. This is where you come in, talking and laughing with the students not only in English class, but in the hallways, on the sports field, and anywhere else in between. It is an ALTs role to make English fun and “real” for the students. You will have the opportunity to give the students an insight that they could never obtain just from the textbook. This can be as simple as taking 5 minutes in class to talk about holidays or school life in your home country.
If you have interest in working in Japan at public elementary, junior high, and/or high schools for the 2013-2014 school year, we urge you to apply now. The positions will begin in April 2013, and the monthly remuneration will be from 200,000 - 240,000 yen depending on experience and qualifications.
Thank you for your interest in Borderlink. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
* HAVING 12 YEARS EDUCATION WITH ENGLISH BEING THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION IS A REQUIREMENT FOR THE INSTRUCTOR VISA NEEDED TO TEACH AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN JAPAN*
* PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE CONTACTED FOR AN INTERVIEW*
* FOR APPLICANTS OFFERED A JOB AND CURRENTLY LIVING ABROAD, DUE TO THE NATURE OF ACQUIRING WORK VISAS ALL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE ABLE TO ARRIVE AT OUR OFFICE NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 22, 2012*
*FOR THOSE APPLICANTS CURRENTLY LIVING IN JAPAN AND WITH A VALID WORKING VISA, WE WILL BE STARTING INTERVIEWS AT OUR OFFICE IN SAITAMA IN EARLY JANUARY 2013*