Work with Philip James in Osaka

ESL / EFL teacher wanted by Phillip James First work day: 2019-03-12
Native-level speakers
0 years (beginners, too)
Any accredited 100+ hour English teaching certif.
It sounds corny, but at Phillip James our commitment to the professional development of our staff is the most important thing to us. Working at Phillip James ensures you won't be standing still careerwise, but will be gaining professional, transferable skills necessary to ensure a bright future.

Job details


ESL / EFL teacher

Work hours:


Student type:

6-10 years , 11-14 years , 15-18 years

Group size:

6-10 , 11-20

Contract term:

7-12 months

Contract type:

Work as employee

Institution type:

Language school

School authority:


Basic teaching requirements

create class content
plan lesson
attend weekly teacher development classes
take part in on-going lesson observation programme
bi-annual Professional Development programme to match teachers' professional/personal strengths with their future career goals

Here's what's important to us at Phillip James

Commitment to our staff
It sounds corny, but at Phillip James our commitment to the professional development of our staff is the most important thing to us.

Working at Phillip James ensures you won't be standing still careerwise, but will be gaining professional, transferable skills necessary to ensure a bright future for yourself.

Professional Development Programme
As part of our commitment to ensuring our staff gain the professional skills necessary for future career advancement, we hold weekly Teacher Development Training, mentoring programmes, as well as free access to any UDEMY online courses which staff wish to take, regardless of the subject being studied; check out Udemy's website to see what's on offer

Flexible schedule
Teachers have a fairly flexible schedule: although you'll have fixed hours for your classes, you are free to decide when you work the remaining hours.

We're proud of our work
It’s fair to say a lot of coffee gets drunk at Phillip James.

Our teachers spend much of their day planning lessons, collaborating with colleagues on lessons plans, and, of course, teaching.

Most of the teachers will tell you it's often pretty intense, but we're really proud of what we do, and the level of creativity and high quality lessons that our students receive is hugely rewarding for all of us.

Check out our Teachers page for more reasons why we're a great place to work and a great place for you to advance your career

Our courses
Our courses cover the four skills, Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing. In our classes we use ESL textbooks as the foundation for most of our courses, but a lot of importance is put on creating authentic materials as well. We put a lot of emphasis on inductive, discovery learning.

Our students also expect around 4-6 hours homework each week, for which we provide a range of reading material, written work, grammar and vocabulary development.

We have a range of ESL classes

General English and Business English
Exam preparation courses, such as FCE, CAE, and IELTS

We also have CBI (content based instruction) classes

The Humanities; such as Law, History
The Sciences; Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics

Teachers have a 39 hour weely schedule
24 contact hours of teaching per week:

approximately 18 hours of group classes
6 hours of one-on-one classes

Remaining hours:

planning time
teacher development classes
student language proficiency level interviews

Start date: Tuesday 12th March 2019

Umeda, Kita, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Who we are looking for

  1. Language proficiency

    Native-level speakers

  2. Experience

    0 years (beginners, too)

  3. Qualification

    Any accredited 100+ hour English teaching certif.

  4. Japanese Language Requirement: Not necessary
  5. Restricted to Domestic Applicants: Japan only

Osaka, Japan

Job location

Phillip James

About the employer

Phillip James is an ESL school in Umeda, Osaka. Only 5 minutes away from the major trains stations. We offer post CELTA experience in teaching. We are dedicated to providing continuous professional development in both the ESL field and overall career development. To this end, we conduct weekly teacher training sessions, focusing on classroom management techniques, language learning activities, and TESOL methodologies.

We have small to medium sized group classes, private one on one classes, as well as Content Based Instruction classes, teaching a range of subjects, from Mathematics and Biology, to Modern History and Law.

About the recruiting agency was started in June of 1998 by American James Gibbs, who had been living and working in Japan in intermittently since 1985.

The initial idea to create a “guidebook” to living and working in Japan and James had compiled a lengthy list of 300-400 schools that had been hiring and found himself constantly making photo copies to give to newly arriving foreigners who were looking for work. Additionally hours would be spent in coffee shops, restaurants and over the phone explaining the ropes to new arrivals on what they needed to do for all sorts of things from finding a place to live, finding a job, getting a visa, socializing, local customs, etc.

In 1998, the 567-page Guide to Jobs in Japan was published receiving wide praise and scores of direct personal testimony from people saying the book was instrumental in finding their job in Japan and changing their lives.

James also took to the internet in 1998 creating and moving all the information to the web. The job listings expanded and within a couple of years there were as many as 500 job listings on the site. was unique among major sources of job listings in that it was an entirely free service to use for employers and job seekers surviving only on paid banner advertising and then value-added listing for employers that wanted more exposure.

With job seekers and employers demanding more functionality, we compiled their advice and relaunched the site as you see it today. Always free for the job seeker and reasonable……may we say “cheap”…..rates for our employers with some free services still available.

Now almost 20 years later, we are still focusing on our initial mission of helping foreigners find Jobs in Japan.

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