ESL Teacher for Adults and Young Learners

ESL / EFL teacher wanted by Shane English Schools First work day: ASAP
Native-level speakers
Min. 1 year
BA in any subject
Any accredited 100+ hour English teaching certif.
We are now looking for qualified teachers to join the foreign staff at Shane English School in the Greater Tokyo metropolitan area. Come and teach in one of the safest countries in the world!

Job details


ESL / EFL teacher

Work hours:


Student type:

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

Group size:


Contract term:

1 year renewable contract

Contract type:

Work as employee

Institution type:

Language school

School authority:


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.

Ten Reasons to Teach in Japan:
1. 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.
2. 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!
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. It’s unbelievably refreshing how polite the Japanese are.
6. And the students are no different. Polite, hard-working, disciplined and well-behaved. Pretty much any teacher’s dream.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.

How far will your salary go?
According to, 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 ¥
Cost of Living in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Who we are looking for

  1. Language proficiency

    Native-level speakers

  2. Experience

    Min. 1 year

    (At least 6 months of real teaching experience.)

  3. Qualification

    BA in any subject + Any accredited 100+ hour English teaching certif.

  4. A passport from UK, IRE, USA, CAN, S.A., N.Z, AUS (due to local visa requirements).
  5. Candidate must be open-minded, enthusiastic, positive, hard-working, patient and professional.

What we offer

  1. 000+ Yen per month depending on experience and qualifications.
  2. Comprehensive training is provided by the school.
  3. Contracts are 12 months
  4. Sponsored visa for full-time teachers
  5. All the schools have a Director of Studies who is a native speaker and will offer support and guidance to new teachers.
  6. Days a week with two consecutive weekdays off.
  7. A total of 29.5 hours of actual teaching per week.
  8. Workdays are 9 hours (roughly 12-9pm) with no more than 6.5 hours of actual teaching per day.
  9. Any time outside of teaching and preparation is break time.
  10. All teaching materials are provided by the school.

Tokyo, Japan

Job location

Shane English Schools

About the employer

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.

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