AT PRESENT, JAPAN’S BORDERS ARE CLOSED FOR MOST BUSINESS TRAVEL. FOR THIS REASON, WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING JOB APPLICATIONS FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE IN JAPAN OR WHO HAVE A VALID VISA AND CAN ENTER THE COUNTRY ANYTIME.
CHEERS has been in Sendai since 2001. We started as a small English school and expanded to working with the Miyagi board of Education doing teacher training seminars. In 2009, we published our first high school English textbook, which was approved by the Japanese Ministry of Education. Since then, we have published 19 other English textbooks, all approved by the ministry, which are being used in hundreds of high schools around Japan. Thus, CHEERS has two sections, the textbook section and the English teaching section. This job offer is for the English teaching section.
CHEERS has always been committed to education and pedagogy. We are very proud of the work we have done so far and are looking for people who can complement our goal of providing high quality English education. We want someone who is friendly, energetic, and creative, who can teach kids and adult lessons, and who takes their job seriously. Although we have a full curriculum for adults and a lot of material for kids, we encourage teachers to make original lessons. By contributing to the curriculum, teachers will feel more included and will improve their lesson-making ability.
We will provide full training and help the teacher to integrate quickly and effectively in our system.
The students at CHEERS range from 3 years old to people in their 80s. Many of the students are doctors, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, university professors, researchers, and business people. Of course, we also have many kindergarten - college students, homemakers, retired people, etc. The students who come to CHEERS are very nice and friendly. Many of them need English in their jobs. Thus, the students are motivated and want to learn English.
CHEERS can sponsor visas and help teachers through the process.
CHEERS was started and is run by an American teacher from Los Angeles. There is no Japanese middle management. Since the owner is also a teacher, we can communicate more easily and understand each other better regarding what is best for the students, etc.
We offer the social insurance, pension, and unemployment benefits. Employees are also entitled to vacation time (the standard government plan). The job is 40 hours per week (an average of 8 hours per day). This includes teaching hours and lesson planning / office hours. Teachers are not expected to work more than 40 hours per week. Teachers will have two days off per week, but we cannot guarantee that those days will be back to back. Saturdays and Sundays are especially busy, so these days will most likely be work days. Some days may be split shifts (working in the morning, taking a break, then coming back for evening lessons).
CHEERS has an at-home atmosphere. It is located on Jozenji Street, which is one of the most beautiful streets in Sendai. The street is covered with Zelkova trees and in the winter, we have the Sendai illumination festival right outside our windows. The school is about seven minutes on foot from subway stations.
The salary is based on the following:
Lesson portfolio (Have you made lessons during your teaching career?)
Japanese language ability
Understanding of English grammar and ability to explain it in a communicative and easy-to-understand manner
Schedule flexibility (for example, split shifts)