Teacher Training and Recruitment

Key Facts

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Capital: Tokyo

Population: 127.2 billion

Government: Constitutional monarchy

Religions: Shintoism, Buddhism

Language: Japanese

Currency: Yen

Shane English School Japan

Shane English Schools Japan is one of the oldest and best established English Language schools in Japan,. Individual schools are very much viewed as the professional, friendly school by the students and communities they serve.

We are currently recruiting CELTA/Trinity TESOL qualified teachers for positions in the Tokyo, Kanto region for January/February/March of 2015.

Shane English Schools Japan are providing teaching opportunities in many locations throughout the greater Tokyo Area, including Nishi, Higashi, Saitama, and Yokohama.

Teaching English in Japan isn't for everyone. If you are interested, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge of the culture and show why you have been drawn to working there.

All candidates need to demonstrate their maturity and independence and outline how they have prepared for this exciting experience.

As with any country, the more you are happy to get immersed in the culture, language, and cuisine, the more you will enjoy your time there. Shane schools realise you are moving away from home, and do hold social events through the year, but ultimately, you are applying for a job and the opportunity to work in Japan, and it’s up to you how you make the most of your free time.

Life as a teacher in Japan.

During the week, your day will start around noon and finish at 8 or 9pm, whereas weekends will be more of a 9-5 schedule. Most teachers take advantage of this time in the morning to explore their local area, learn Japanese, or follow other hobbies.

You will have great variety with a caseload of 50% adults and 50% children. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience with younger learners, as you will receive a 1 week TEYL course to complement your CELTA or Trinity TESOL. Children tend to learn in small group classes of up to 6, but the average is usually around 3 students. For our youngest learners, you will have have TA support.

Your adults students could be studying for university, work or pleasure, and often favour 1-2-1 classes, but again, you will never teach a class or more than 6 students.

When to apply.

Positions are available monthly. We recruit for our schools on a needs basis, so although we will take into account location requests, we cannot guarantee them. You will know where you are working a few weeks before you arrive, and so have plenty of time to research the area and all it has to offer.

Flexibility is the key for all potential teachers. Due to a lengthy recruitment process, we need teachers to apply for positions 3-6 months in advance of when you want to arrive in Japan. We can accommodate you within a 3-month time frame of when your start date will be.

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*Full recruitment support

*Welfare support upon arrival and throughout contract

*Teach 29.5 hours per week

*5 day week, 12 month contract renewable by mutual consent

*252,800 Yen per month with bonus system

*1 week Young Learner focussed training and additional teacher development training throughout the contract

*Accommodation support and free loan for company accommodation available

*Work commuting costs reimbursed

*Access to Japanese Health Insurance Scheme

*6 weeks annual paid leave plus 5 extra days after 6 months


*Honours degree, taught in English and from an accredited university


*Native level of English and all statutory education in an English speaking country

*No experience required

*No knowledge of Japanese required

*We ask teachers have roughly £1500-£2000 to cover the costs of relocation

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