2018 Able English Club
Positions are starting in January and February, 2018 for instructors to teach English to adults and kids.
This is a one-year contract renewable for up to 3 years.
It may be necessary to drive to other locations for some classes and therefore a valid international driver's license is also required.
The Tuesday-to-Friday workday at Able is normally from 12:30 to 9:00pm. On Saturday, the workday is from 10:30am to 6pm. Instructors work 5 days a week, with 2 days off. Able is usually opened on the Japanese national holidays except on New Year's Day.
Work schedules are determined a month in advance. After a short orientation/training period, instructors are expected to teach about 5 one-hour classes a day. Non-contact time will be spent preparing lessons and spending time with students in the coffee lounge.
In addition to classroom duties, because Able is owned and operated by a local cable TV company, it is a possibility that instructors may to be asked to plan and host an English-language TV program (directed at elementary-aged students) as part of their contractual duties. However, no prior experience with such activities is required, and experienced instructors will provide guidance.
There are 3 holiday periods: New Year, spring (May), and summer (August). These paid holidays, along with 5 extra paid holidays (which can be taken 6 months after the start of the contract), and 3 sick-days, usually add up to about 30 days off per year. Special leave may be arranged according to the situation. There's no "big book of rules" at Able. The managers simply try to treat everybody fairly.
The salary is 250,000 yen per month. Able will find and pay key money on
an apartment for you (before you arrive). Monthly rent on the apartment
is partially subsidized by the employer, while the remainder plus utilities
(gas, water, electricity - approximately 15,000 yen per month) is covered
Health insurance is available from the city of Joetsu at about 4,500 yen per month. However, if you have insurance in your home country that will cover you, you may use it. (Be forewarned that if you use insurance from your home country, you may be asked to pay cash at the doctor's office first, and then be reimbursed by your insurance company at a later date.)
Able is a conversation and communication-based language academy and the teaching done here is quite different from school classroom-type lessons. We don't simply work our way through the same old tired texts and resources. In a sense Able provides opportunities for experiencing the teaching and learning process in its purist form; finding the needs of a student and creating a lesson that works to support that need.
It means instructors must get to know each student, then provide a variety of learning experiences that captures the interest of the student as well as developing language skills. Such unfettered teaching requires thought and planning and a variety of learning support materials. We have a resource section and we develop our own material too.
To help give both instructor and learner an idea of where a student is in terms of their language ability, our adult classes are divided into five broad ability groupings with Level One being for beginners class and Level Five being for proficient speakers of English.
Kids classes are divided by age groupings and experience: 4-6 year olds (30-minute class with a Japanese assistant to help out), 7-8 year olds, 9-10 year olds, 11-12 year olds (40-minute classes), and then finally junior high school students (45-minute class). Kids classes are an important focus at Able, with an emphasis on teaching through enjoyable songs, fun and games; so while it is not important you have previous experience teaching them, it is important you are willing to spend time learning how to teach them (a skill that requires great sympathy and patience). Our kids' classes are currently conversation-based classes; we do not teach reading and writing skills as a core learning objective.
An Ideal Able Instructor
Instructors at Able are friendly, outgoing, creative and communicative by nature. We see strong organizational skills and adaptability as requirements of a good instructor.
We're an independent, locally owned-and-operated school affiliated with the local cable TV company (JOETSU CABLE VISION INC.). Currently there are six staff members at Able: 4 instructors and 2 Japanese staff. We have about 120 students, 70 of them being 15 years old and under.
Our lesson system varies in comparison to most English schools in Japan. With the exception of kids' classes, lessons are offered at a variety of times for each level each week. Students sign up for classes in their language level at their convenience.
This means that we do not follow a specific textbook, but rather give self-contained, one-hour lessons which we design ourselves, drawing from a variety of resources. In addition to being convenient for students, the system really means you have complete creative control over your classroom. (!!!)
The other major component of Able English Club is the coffee lounge. Able
is a place not only to study English, but also to use English freely in
a relaxed atmosphere. Students are encouraged to visit the lounge at any
time for lesson support as well as conversation with native speakers of
For children, we offer an after-school space where kids can do their homework, practice English, and just have fun with the staff.
Joetsu is a quiet city of about 200,000 people, located on the mid-north-west
(Japan Sea) coast of Honshu (the main island). We are 2 hours south of
Niigata City, the prefectural capital, and anywhere from 3-6 hours from
Tokyo, depending on your mode of transportation.
Being surrounded by mountains and sea, Joetsu is a wonderful access point for the great Japanese outdoors. A haven for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, etc., Joetsu provides many exciting opportunities. There are a number of other English-speaking foreigners in and around Joetsu, and the Japanese residents are typically friendly and welcoming. If you're looking at an older map of Japan, look for Naoetsu or Takada, which now make up Joetsu.
Able will sponsor your visa and handle the application process in Japan. Once approved, we will send you a certificate of eligibility, which you will need to present at a Japanese embassy to obtain your visa.
If you're still interested in a position at Able.......
Send us your resume, including a photo of yourself. And while not required, we would really appreciate receiving a self-introductory video. (We leave length and content to you. Please note, NOT sending a video will not disqualify you.) If you've already done so, send us an e-mail letting us know that you are still interested, and asking any questions you have about us.
After we've heard back from you, we'll start the process, of which you need only be concerned with --the interview-- to be conducted by phone or instant messaging client (such as Skype) at a time and date convenient for you.
Our selection process consists of three stages:
We will contact ONLY THOSE applicants that have made it to the "second stage" within two-four weeks after we receive your resume. Due to the large number of resumes we may receive it is not possible to respond to everyone.
So that's it. I hope we've answered most of your questions,
but if not, please feel free to drop us a line.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
for Able English Club