Location: Shane English School
Based in: Greater Tokyo/Yokohama Metropolitan Area, Japan
Start Date: Multiple start dates throughout 2019
Japan is a special place for the Shane English School brand. It’s where it all began back in 1977. What was once a man named Shane Lipscombe giving lessons at his kitchen table, quickly grew to over 200 Shane English Schools in Japan alone. And now, today, there are Shane English Schools spread across 13 other countries across the globe.
In Japan, the majority of the schools are located in the Kanto region, which is essentially the Greater Tokyo/Yokohama metropolitan area. Schools are typically small, with two, three or four classrooms. Very few have more than five classrooms while some even have just one.
Shane English Schools Japan has a large portion of adult students who tend to fall into the pre-intermediate category. However, about half the students are children so teachers will need to be prepared to teach young learners.
Teachers may also teach at a few different locations in a week, which does add some variety, and travel costs will be paid by the school. But it is seldom that a teacher will be assigned to only one location.
Salary and Benefits:
- 245 000+ Yen per month depending on experience and qualifications.
- Comprehensive training is provided by the school.
- Contracts are 12 months
- Sponsored visa for full-time teachers
- All the schools have a Director of Studies who is a native speaker and will offer support and guidance to new teachers.
- 5 days a week with two consecutive weekdays off.
- A total of 29.5 hours of actual teaching per week.
- Workdays are 9 hours (roughly 12-9pm) with no more than 6.5 hours of actual teaching per day.
- Any time outside of teaching and preparation is break time.
- All teaching materials are provided by the school.
- Personal Requirements
- A passport from UK, IRE, USA, CAN, S.A., N.Z, AUS (due to local visa requirements).
- A bachelor’s degree or higher.
- A CELTA /DELTA certificate or a recognized 120-hour TEFL certificate with at least 6 months of real teaching experience.
- Candidate must be open-minded, enthusiastic, positive, hard-working, patient and professional.
How far will your salary go?
According to www.expatistan.com, here’s what you can expect to pay in Tokyo and the surrounding area:
- Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district – 1,132 ¥
- Combo meal in a fast food restaurant – 651 ¥
- 0.5L domestic beer in the local supermarket – 280 ¥
- 1 bottle of good quality red wine – 1,762 ¥
- A monthly ticket for public transport – 11,652 ¥
- Basic dinner for 2 in the neighbourhood pub – 5,438 ¥
- 2 tickets to the movies – 3,443 ¥
- Cappuccino in the expat area of the city – 465 ¥
- 1 pint of beer in the neighbourhood pub – 515 ¥
- 1-month gym membership – 12,597 ¥
Meet the Co-Founder of Shane English School Wuxi
Shally Shi is the co-founder of the Wuxi school. A friendly lady with a lot of love for Wuxi city, Shally co-founded the school with a partner back in July of 2007.
Shally attended Guangxi University where she received a degree in English Education. She is an experienced teacher and still helps out in the classroom at the Wuxi school today.
While written work is always important, Shally notes listening and speaking to be the two most important parts of learning English. She hopes that teachers at her school can encourage students to practice their speaking as much as possible, and create a classroom environment where students aren’t shy to speak.
When asked about her vision for the Wuxi school, Shally says she would like to expand the school to ten branches across Wuxi city, with an excess of a thousand students.
Ten Reasons to Teach in Japan
- Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. In 2018, Japan was listed as the 9th most peaceful country in the world by the Global Peace Index Rankings.
- Time to explore. Teaching in Japan gives you loads of time off to explore the country. You’ll get plenty of days off and even entire weeks off during the year. So get out and find something new!
- Sushi, sake, ramen, manga, anime and Japanese punk. Alright, that was 6 things for the price of one, but we can’t get too crazy with this list.
- The subcultures of Tokyo. If you’re not sure what Rockabilly, Dekora, Fairy Kai, or Gyaru are all about, there’s only one way to truly find out.
- It’s unbelievably refreshing how polite the Japanese are.
- And the students are no different. Polite, hard-working, disciplined and well-behaved. Pretty much any teacher’s dream.
- Japan has an abundance of natural wonders. Every bit of modern tech that can be found in Tokyo city is equalled by a piece of Japanese wilderness that can only be truly appreciated by being there in person. Ancient temples in misty mountains. Roaring waterfalls into crystal blue rivers. Turquoise blue oceans and white sand beaches. There is no shortage of fresh air to be found.
- You can hit the slopes, too. Grab your skis and head to the Japanese Alps. After a year of teaching, you might have a new favourite sport.
- You’ll have a front-row seat to the 2020 Olympic games. And for all those rugby fans out there, the Rugby World Cup 2019 will be held in Japan, too.
- The money is really good. There is a big market for learning English in Japan, and schools are willing to pay teachers very well. For all there is to experience in a year of teaching in Japan, it’s crazy to think that you can still come back with way more money than you left with.