Have you spent a lot of time on the Internet searching for ideas and opportunities in order to work and live in another country? Have you ever been interested in Japan and Japanese culture? Have you ever fantasized about living in this amazing country? Borderlink is currently looking for reliable professionals with a genuine interest in teaching English in Japan to work at public elementary, junior high and high schools for the school year beginning in April or May 2012. Some knowledge of the Japanese language is a must, a desire to learn more is preferred and some form of teaching experience or extended interaction with children or young adults is advantageous.
We require that you be ready and able to commit to a full year contract, and be continually punctual during your time in Japan. Before the school year starts in April, we will have training and provide you will all the necessary information you will need to get started. As is true with any job, you will get better with experience, but rest assured that we will give you all the information you need during the training, and will also continue as needed via class visits, mid-term training and personal help as needed. Below is a brief description of Japan and the position so you can start to visualize what it will be like. If you have already been to Japan, you must already be familiar with the many interesting and beautiful things to be found here.
Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. The characters that make up Japan’s name mean "sun-origin country", which is why Japan is sometimes identified as the "Land of the Rising Sun". Some of the oldest buildings in the world are located in Japan, and while known for a splendid array of temples and shrines, Japan is also well known for comic books (manga), video games, and a huge range of other electronics. For this reason, many people who come to live and work in Japan are soon enamored with the contrast between the old and the new, the serene and the outlandish.
ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) assist Japanese teachers of English to deliver lessons in the classroom and are involved in lesson planning and other language teaching tasks. Other duties include visiting after/before school club activities and other school events (sports days, culture festivals, music competitions), as well as undertaking tasks not directly related to teaching, such as cleaning the school together with the students.
In Japan, teachers will clean the schools with the students and also eat lunch with them, and ALTs are expected to join in on such activities while interacting with the students as much as possible. When it comes to the students at public schools, you must keep in mind that things are culturally very different in Japan. In Japan, a quiet student is considered a good student, so often they do not like to stand out. At times you may feel frustrated and think that the students don't like your lessons, but it is best to keep in mind that it is largely due to the cultural differences. Traditional English instruction at schools usually 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 with 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 ALT's role to make English *fun* and *real* for the students, giving them insight that they could never obtain just from the textbook. This can be as simple as taking five minutes in class to talk about holidays or school life in your home country, or even helping to create a poster presentation that might be used at an Open Day.
Overall, Japan is an easy and pleasant place to live and work. It is considerably safe, and it is easy to navigate your way around. For a more detailed description, or for more information about our company, please refer to the Borderlink website. Additional information will also be provided to those accepted for an interview.
We urge that all who have interest in working in Japan at public elementary, junior high, and/or high schools for the 2012-2013 school year in the Kanto, Chubu or Kansai region of Japan to apply now. The position will begin in April or May 2012, and the monthly remuneration will be from 180,000 - 240,000 depending on experience and qualifications.
Thank you for reading, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!
A short list of benefits of working for Borderlink:
- Borderlink provides visa sponsorship
- Salaries are based on experience, Japanese language ability and education
- Borderlink can assist in finding accommodations
- Borderlink has area leaders to help improve contact between ALTs and the company
- Emergency translating and interpreting for ALTs with no cost involved
- Training sessions provided both before and during the school year
- Borderlink promotes qualified ALTs to area leaders when available
* 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 THOSE APPLICANTS CURRENTLY LIVING IN JAPAN AND WITH A VALID WORKING VISA, WE WILL ARE CURRENTLY CONDUCTING INTERVIEWS AT OUR OFFICE IN SAITAMA.*
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