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Job description

General Information

Teachers are scheduled to work 8 hour shifts either Monday - Friday or Tuesday - Saturday. (A typical working shift runs from 1:00 pm until 9:30 pm, or from 9:30 am until 6:30 pm, including a break.)  These schedules are set and will not change from week to week.

Full time teachers will work at both our Midori and Tenpaku locations. On days which you have to commute to our Tenpaku school, you will still report to the main location and the school will cover all transportation costs from there.

Within a week, teachers will teach an average of 25 classes, with each class usually lasting 45-50 minutes. The students range in age from as young as 2 years old to adults, with the majority of the students being children. Classes will have a maximum of 6 students.

As a teacher at ABC Plus, your responsibility will include, but are not limited to:

  • designing both engaging and detailed lesson plans for each class weekly.
  • choosing class topics, children's songs and crafts, choosing appropriate textbooks, creating games which are age appropriate and relevant to the class topics.
  • conducting class in a professional, organized and engaging manner.
  • teaching demonstration lessons and allowing potential students to observe existing classes.
  • giving an explanation of what was covered in class to parents.
  • keeping records of each students' progress and writing biannual progress reports.
  • participating in ABC Plus Events, such as local excursions and holiday parties for students.
  • attending weekly staff meetings and participating in continued staff development.

During each workday, teachers are typically scheduled around 3 hours of planning time in which they will be expected to thoroughly prepare their lessons ahead of time.
Each teacher will have their own desk in a shared office space.

Accommodations

During the 2-week initial training period, new teachers will share an apartment with one of the current ABC Plus teachers. After the training period is over, the new teacher will either take over this apartment as their own or move into another apartment.

All teachers live in apartments which are arranged by the school, which are a 5-10 minute walk from the school. Monthly rent is approximately 60,000 yen, which will be deducted directly from the teachers' paycheck, as well as the cost of utilities, such as electric and gas. ABC Plus will be the guarantor for the apartment, as well as take care of paying the key money, any deposits necessary, and real estate agent fees.

Apartments are typically between 40 and 55 square meters and have a bathroom, kitchen, living room, and one bedroom. All apartments are on the 2nd floor or higher and are semi-furnished with a futon (bedding), a refrigerator, a gas range, a washing machine, an air conditioner, light fittings, and basic cooking utensils.

Teachers will be responsible for paying any damages that are incurred during their time living in the apartment.

Photos (Actual teachers' apartment - Midori-ku)
Rent: 60,000 yen per month
One bedroom, kitchen / dining room, living room and bathroom.

Bathroom

Holidays/Vacation Time

All vacation time is predetermined by ABC Plus and are listed on the schools' annual calendar. There are approximately 6 weeks of set vacation time a year; normally two weeks in December/January, one week in May, one week in June/July, one week in August, and one week in October/November.

Students & Class Types

Here at ABC Plus we cater to a variety of students, although about 70% are aged 15 and under.

Our youngest students, aged 2-3 years old, attend Kid's Plus classes where they are exposed to English through songs, games and craft activities.

Students aged 3-6 years old typically attend Stage classes. Similar to Kid's Plus classes, Stage classes still use an assortment of English songs and games. However, because the children in these classes are older, they will be expected to learn more vocabulary, have a better grasp of phonics, and be able to respond to questions in complete sentences.

Elementary and Junior High School-aged students will typically be in a textbook class. At this age, reading, writing and listening become very important because many students will start studying to take English proficiency tests, such as Eiken.

In addition to English proficiency tests, Junior High School and High School students need English for school entrance exams. These classes normally consist of a good amount of conversation in addition to grammar, reading comprehension, and listening.

More often than not adults take English classes for one of the following reasons: for business, as a hobby, or to prepare for upcoming travel abroad. Although the majority of these classes are textbook based, conversation is still an important part of each lesson.

Teaching schedule

Teachers are required to prepare sufficiently, so we ask that they arrive at the school 30 minutes before the first class. Sometimes teachers will have demonstration lessons, which last 30 minutes to introduce a potential student to a proper class.













Events

Spring Excursion:
Students of all ages are welcome to attend this event. In addition to the main activity, which has been picking strawberries, going to the zoo, or touring Nagoya's aquarium, teachers usually play quiz games, have a picnic lunch, and go to a playground with the students.

Fall BBQ:
This event is a chance for teachers to spend time with not only students, but the parents and friends of students as well. The BBQ is held at Tenpaku Park where everyone can enjoy eating, visiting with one another, and playing on the playground.

Children's Christmas Party:
During the Children's Christmas Party we first break into smaller groups to make Christmas-themed crafts. Then after that, we join back together to read a Christmas book, hand out a present, and enjoy a visit from Santa.

Adult Christmas Party:
Our Christmas Party for adults is typically held at a nearby restaurant. Teachers have grown to really look forward to this annual event as a chance to talk with and get to know their students better in a more casual setting.

Remuneration

The starting monthly salary is 250,000 yen.
You will be paid in cash on the 10th of every month for the previous months work. If the 10th of the month falls on a weekend, you will be paid on the following workday. If payday falls on a scheduled vacation, you will be paid on the first workday following the vacation.

Income tax will be deducted straight from your paycheck each month. However, residential tax will not be directly deducted. You will be responsible for paying your residential tax on your own.

You will be compensated for any overtime hours that you are scheduled to work.

In addition, there are opportunities to receive up to 20,000 yen per month in bonuses. Also, upon completion of your contract you will receive a bonus of between 100,000 and 170,000 yen depending on your schedule throughout the year.

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