Entry-level English teacher duties include English teaching a maximum of 20 hours per week, with approximately half of the teaching load for this position to be instructing children, K-8. The instructor will also take an active role in program and curriculum development, program planning, scheduling, attending JCMU staff meetings, and participating in student activities such as field trips and opening and closing ceremonies.
JCMU has a wide range of students and programs, including but not limited to, children’s courses, TOEFL and TOEIC courses, as well as courses for a wide range of adult learners. Many of JCMU’s students are interested in maintaining, brushing up on, and improving their English. JCMU also has many students that are learning English for possible future study abroad opportunities.
JCMU is administered by the Office of the Dean of International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University (MSU), on behalf of the State of Michigan and its fifteen public universities. The JCMU English language program is administered in collaboration with Shiga Prefecture. JCMU operates in facilities owned by the Prefecture on the shore of Lake Biwa, in the town of Hikone, approximately one hour from Kyoto.
Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vita, teaching philosophy, and a 12-week sample syllabus for a beginner-level adult course or elementary school course with activity ideas by PDF to Christopher Garth via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of the email should say “Application for EFL Instructor Position”. Applications should be submitted no later than July 13, 2017.
MA TESOL or M.Ed. in related area
Minimum two years’ experience teaching English full-time to Japanese students in Japan or equivalent experience abroad
Strong organizational skills
Strong leadership skills, innovation and ability to think creatively as appropriate for the Japanese context, both independently and with other instructors in a collaborative manner
Desire and ability to teach children; pre-kindergarten through elementary school
Ability to work together with Shiga Prefecture to develop new programs and courses that are relevant and competitive within the evolving market of English language instruction in Japan.
Ability to keep up with advances in English language teaching and the English language market in Japan.
High level of English proficiency.
Ability to work cooperatively and decisively within an organization encompassing two cultures and several institutions.
Applicants should be energetic, friendly, and patient.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Compensation includes standard Japanese
benefits, housing, and a relocation travel/personal effects allowance.
About Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU)
The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) is a study abroad program, a product of the strong sister-state relationship between the State of Michigan and Shiga Prefecture. It is located on the shore of Lake Biwa in the City of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Our programs are dedicated to building relationships between Japanese, Americans, and other nationalities through active learning an...d participation in language, culture, family life and society. JCMU has been welcoming students of all majors since 1989. Students do not need to attend a member university to participate.