Conversation Teacher

ESL / EFL teacher wanted by Active English School (AES) First work day: ASAP
Native speakers
0 years (beginners, too)
No degrees expected
In order to achieve each English language goal from infancy to adults, we cooperate with native English conversation instructors and Japanese staff/instructors to prepare for infancy English, English examination and TOEIC measures, junior high school English preparation, companies and families

Job details


ESL / EFL teacher

Work hours:


Student type:

11-14 years

Group size:

1:1 , 1-5 , 6-10

Contract term:

7-12 months

Contract type:

Work as employee

Institution type:

Language school

School authority:


Each full time teacher works approximately 24 teaching hours per week, with around 5-10 extra hours for class preparation. Teachers are also expected to be involved with school events for example by helping decorate and/or organize.

All teachers at Active English School have private, semi-private and group classes. Group classes range from 3 to 10 students. There are a wide variety of students attending Active English School: they range from 3 years old to around 70, and about two thirds of these students attend local schools.

The students bring an amazing energy to the school, and most of them are very motivated towards learning English. Compared to Western culture, Japanese students spend a lot more time at school and studying, and in general they are much more studious.

In addition, the conversation teacher is required to be a substitute for Assistant Language Teachers if an ALT is absent, and visit the public school/s in Shiojiri on those particular days. Please refer to the ALT job description below for more information.

Active Personnel (Assistant Language Teacher)

AP provides Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) to the Japanese public school system.

The job of an ALT involves assisting teachers with lessons, planning activities according to the learning level of students, and suggesting new and creative ways to improve language learning at school. The teacher might take full responsibility in classes in some elementary schools.

Teachers work 8 hours a day (8:30-16:30) five days a week from Monday to Friday. However working hours may change in case of meetings, classes or events, and there may arise the occasional Saturday or Sunday in which the staff member is needed to work due to special weekend events. Teachers will have one base school which is a junior high school, and 2-3 additional elementary schools. However there is one position that has an elementary base school and about 7 other elementary schools.

Holidays follow the Active English School's calendar. (Spring, Golden Week holidays, Summer, and Winter vacations) However, teachers may be required to attend meetings, training or other events on some weekends or holidays.

In addition to the work above, the teacher is required to teach at least four hours of conversation classes a week as a part-time teacher at AES. AES pays extra for all classes taught by the employee, who may be asked or requested to teach additional lessons if circumstances dictate.

Hirookatakaide, Shiojiri City, Nagano Prefecture 399-0703, Japan

Who we are looking for

  1. Language proficiency

    Native speakers

  2. Experience

    0 years (beginners, too)

  3. Qualification

    No degrees expected

Shiojiri, Japan

Job location

Following the success of her privately owned conversation school, Mrs. Nagahara established the Active English School (AES) company in 1990. Then, in 2005 we began providing ALT to local public schools and established Active Personnel (AP).

AES and AP are both located in Shiojiri city, Nagano prefecture. It is centrally located between Tokyo, Nagoya and Nagano-city with the Japanese Alps in the background.

Shiojiri has four distinct seasons. Summer is hot and dry, but it can be stormy; Autumn is a cool relief after the heat of summer, and the leaves display their incredible shades of red, orange and yellow; Winter is cold (-10 degrees Celsius) and snowy, and it's easy to become addicted to skiing and snowboarding on the nearby slopes; Spring is warm and nature comes back to life after it's Winter rest, with the highlight undoubtedly being the appearance of the beautiful cherry blossoms.

Shiojiri is in rural Japan, surrounded by orchards, vineyards, rice fields, and vegetable farms. The locally grown specialties include the largest and juiciest apples you will ever see, and sweet grapes - that are also used to make local wine. Meanwhile, the landscape offers a bit of everything: from hiking the surrounding mountains, to swimming in local rivers, and biking through the rice fields.

As the teachers come from different English speaking countries, the students are able to experience a diverse range of English accents, giving them a greater grasp of the English language. Coming from different countries, the teachers bring with them a diversity in teaching techniques, activities and games to add to the ever expanding reserve.

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