ESL Teachers - Japan

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-640455
    • Job Location: Kumamoto and Tokyo , JPN
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: October 02, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: July 16, 2019
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Job Description:

Location: 

  • Kumamoto and Tokyo, Japan

Assignment in Kumamoto Includes: 

  • Co-teach with Japanese teachers in various classes, with a focus on English conversation.
  • Prepare lesson plans and teach classes full-time, up to 25 - 30 hours per week.
  • Participate in school staff meetings and perform administrative duties associated with the curriculum.
  • Plan and participate in chapel services at the school.
  • Participate in other school activities, such as extracurricular student group activities
  • Participate in congregational ministries in assigned churches, with activities including Bible studies, musical leadership, preaching, youth ministry, etc.

Assignment in Tokyo Includes: 

  • Prepare lesson plans and teach classes at Hongo Student Center and the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church’s (JELC) Katerina Residence Hall (dormitory), up to 25 - 30 hours per week.
  • Teach classes that are pre-arranged through the Hongo Student Center’s activity plan.
  • Initiate private or group learning activities in English at Katerina Residence Hall.
  • Participate and help lead in English camps.
  • Participate in staff meetings and perform administrative duties associated with the curriculum
  • Participate in church activities in assigned church(es) as directed by the JELC, with activities including Bible studies, musical leadership, preaching, youth ministry, etc.

Kumamoto Site Information:

  • The Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church has two schools in Kumamoto on the southern island of Kyushu: Kyushu Gakuin school and Kyushu Luther school, each with a middle and senior high school. Classroom teaching follows a curriculum and is done side-by-side with a national English teacher. The English skills of Japanese students are enhanced through the instructions of native English-speaking teachers.
  • At the same time, students and participants in these schools will encounter the Good News of Jesus Christ through the Christian witness and evangelism work of J-3s.
  • Another component of the work is in a local Lutheran congregation, to which each J3 is assigned. Members of these congregations receive the witness of faith through activities and shared gifts.
  • Kumamoto itself is one of the early centers of Lutheran church activities in Japan, which date back more than 100 years. The two schools form part of this heritage, together with five Lutheran congregations within the city limits and a number of Lutheran social service institutions.
  • Each J3 is provided an apartment in a 6-unit building. Kumamoto is a mid-sized Japanese city. Life is at a much slower pace than other large cities in Japan. The local culture also has different dynamics from other parts of Japan, which highlights the rich cultural heritage of the region

Tokyo Site Information:

  • The Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church has had a student center at Hongo before it had a congregation there. The intent was to provide for evangelical outreach through the medium of English classes with students from nearby universities, especially Tokyo University. In more recent years, as Japanese schools and universities have upgraded English language learning. With this, specific needs for university students to engage in general English learning has diminished. Focus now is more at higher level English learning for university students (intensive English conversation, assistance with English-language essay/papers/thesis work), and community English learning opportunities (local homemakers, children, others).
  • Katerina dormitory is a mechanism by which the JELC provides a residential option for university (and some high school) students from around Japan as they study in Tokyo. While individual living is the basis for the dormitory, offering English classes, both private or group, has been a highlight of this facility.
  • Through all this, the English skills of Japanese students are enhanced through the instructions of native English-speaking teachers. At the same time, students and participants will encounter the Good News of Jesus Christ through the Christian witness and evangelism work of J-3, and in Bible study components of classes. Another component of the work is in a local Lutheran congregation, to which each J3 is assigned. Members of these congregations receive the witness of faith through activities and shared gifts

Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree minimum, or other teaching certification.
  • ESL/TEFL/TESL certification helpful.
  • Classroom experience helpful.

Terms and Conditions

This position is for a 33 month term. ELCA Global Mission provides international transportation, housing, medical coverage, education loan assistance and a salary. No provision for dependent spouse or children. Japanese language training provided, which will enhance engagement with students and community.

General Qualifications for ELCA Global Personnel

  • Christian faith and a commitment to the mission of the church
  • Openness to various expressions of Christian faith and respect for people of other faiths
  • Respect for beliefs, values and customs of church and culture where assigned
  • Well-developed inter-personal skills demonstrating understanding and compassion
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out the responsibilities and the ability to adapt to different standards and practices
  • Ability to work within the framework of a local administration
  • Adaptable and flexible - sense of humor - good physical and emotional health
  • Live and serve in a way which reflects the vision and expectations of the ELCA