Teacher Training and Recruitment

Key Facts

Japan Flag

Capital: Tokyo

Population: 127.2 billion

Government: Constitutional monarchy

Religions: Shintoism, Buddhism

Language: Japanese

Currency: Yen

Shane English School Japan

Teaching English in Japan requires enthusiasm, energy, patience and flexibility. It involves working with all ages from pre-schoolers to adults.

Typically teachers work from midday until the evening, teaching the younger learners after lunch and adults later on. You could feasibly work with most levels and age groups in any one day – there’s great variety!

With mornings free there’s plenty of time for getting out and about, pursuing hobbies and, of course, preparing for the day’s classes. Meeting up with other teachers for dinner after work is a popular way to unwind after a busy day.

The Schools

The schools are mostly situated in the prefectures surrounding Tokyo, although in recent years schools have also been opened in prime central Tokyo locations (such as Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza and Meguro). Most Shane English Schools are directly owned by the company, however, around one quarter are franchises.

All schools are very much part of the local neighbourhood, providing a friendly, professional service to many kinds of students. Each year more than 40,000 people study at Shane schools Japan (with many more studying with Shane teachers on outside contracts in companies, kindergartens, high schools etc.) following a variety of courses. SESJ places great emphasis on providing a good quality, good value, caring service to its students and as a result a high proportion of these students join through word of mouth recommendations and/or as a result of observing or participating in classes on a trial or demonstration basis.

Many teachers who work for SESJ are British, and British, not American English, is taught in the schools, though not necessarily in the case of in-company training. As very much the 'British English' school, SES also introduces and exposes its students to aspects of British culture both through themes and topics in the syllabus and through social events organised for students.

The Teaching

Around 50% of our students are children and 50% adults, although this can vary considerably from school to school. The maximum class size in Shane schools is 8, the average is 5.

Children are grouped according to age and level. Adult students are grouped by ability from complete beginners to advanced.

Teachers can spend much of their time teaching small groups and 1:1 private classes. A standard group lesson is 50 minutes in length and meets once a week. Many adult students opt to take private one-to-one lessons of varied frequency and duration, sometimes in addition to their group lesson.

Teachers usually work at one particular location on any given day, but at different schools on different days of the week. (For example, a teacher might teach at School A every Monday and Friday, School B every Tuesday, School C every Wednesday and Saturday.) It is quite possible to teach at a different school each day of the week, but it is more typical to teach regularly at two or three schools only. Teachers are usually given a regular schedule of five working days per week.

Teachers are, of course, given support and guidance on all aspects of their lessons by their Director of Studies and Assistant DoS.

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  • JPY 250,000 – 252,800 monthly salary
  • 6 weeks of paid annual leave, including national holidays
  • YL focused initial training week
  • Continued teacher training and development
  • Full academic support
  • Various accommodation options, full assistance given
  • Excellent welfare support


  • Candidates MUST be CELTA or Trinity TESOL qualified
  • Native level of English
  • A graduate (with a full university degree)
  • Outgoing, enthusiastic, positive, sociable, hard-working, patient and professional

Natasha SESJ teacher

Country Profile: Japan

Japan has long been a popular destination for teachers. Many aspects of its culture are familiar worldwide yet there is still so much to be discovered, and be amazed by, when actually there.

The Japanese are marvelously welcoming, warm and kind-hearted people behind an unassuming front and they take great pride in introducing visitors to the delights of their country.

Japan is a long, narrow collection of volcanic islands with bustling cities, mountainous regions, sandy coastlines and sparsely populated countryside to explore.

The pace of life can be whatever suits you. Tokyo never sleeps, while an hour-and-a-half away on the bullet train you’ll find tranquil retreats to enjoy cooler summer days, hot springs and skiing in winter.

Beautiful Japan
" Mark and I have been living and teaching in Japan for eight months now are loving every minute of it. It's the best thing we have ever done! "
Sophie and Mark - SESJ teachers