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Hourly Paid Teacher (Young Learner)

British Council
Tokyo (JP)
4,400 yen/hour for teachers with a CELTA or equivalent and 4,900 yen/hour for teachers with a DELTA
Closing date
Nov 30, 2023

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Job Role
Teacher / Instructor
Focus Area
Teacher Education
Job Type

Job description and summary:

English and Exams is a dynamic and global community within the British Council, the UK’s international organization for cultural relations. Be part of a unique global teaching team striving to help English language learners achieve their linguistic, study, work, and life goals.

Our teaching centres and online courses build cultural links between the UK and 38 countries around the world, as well as supporting the cultural relations programmes in arts and sciences delivered by the British Council.

Important Information - We at British Council are presently looking to fill various Teacher positions in Japan, Tokyo. These roles include Hourly Paid Teachers for Young Learners, Hourly Paid Teachers for Adult Learners, and a Project-Based Hourly Paid role. It would be great if you could highlight in your resume your work experience, expertise, and area of interest. Our Talent Acquisition specialist will accordingly shortlist your application.

Role Purpose:

  • To promote and ensure quality teaching and effective learning of English.
  • To support the wider aims of the British Council and its cultural relations mission.

Main Accountabilities:

  • Plan and deliver high-quality English language lessons which meet the needs of different customer groups, taking into account individual learning styles – up to the number of contracted teaching hours
  • Monitor progress and provide regular feedback to help manage students’ performance throughout the course, and actively promote learner autonomy and a sense of progress
  • Contribute to the development, evaluation, and improvement of English language courses, materials, and related services, to meet students’ needs by actively working as a member of the teaching team
  • Complete teaching-related administrative tasks to specified standards
  • Actively engage in professional development and performance management to ensure quality and high standards in teaching and learning, and maintain the British Council’s position at the forefront of best ELT practices
  • Contribute to the development of lasting, mutually beneficial relationships by enhancing students’ understanding of contemporary UK
  • Assist the teaching center team in delivering excellent customer service and upholding British Council Values and Behaviours
  • Ensure safeguarding and guidelines are applied and upheld in line with standards and policy for the following areas:
    • Child Protection
    • Equal Opportunity and Diversity
    • Health and Safety


Essential - 

  • Cambridge CELTA/ Trinity Cert TESOL

Desirable - 

  • TYLEC, YL extension to CELTA, PGCE or equivalent
  • CELTA Pass A/B
  • Cambridge DELTA/Trinity Diploma or equivalent

Work Experience:

Essential - 

  • 2 years post-certificate i.e. CELTA/Trinity cert TESOL experience. 

Desirable - 

  • Experience teaching Young Learner groups of up to 15 students
  • Experience teaching Young Learners in Japan

Contract Duration: 12 Months

Language requirements:

High proficiency in English i.e. full mastery of English across all 4 skills equivalent to user (CEFR C2) IELTS Band 8/9 in each of 4 sections of the academic module

Work schedule (as per operational needs): Classes for elementary school students will be weekly on Sunday mornings and/or afternoons (9.00 am to 12.00 pm and 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm to be confirmed). Junior high school and high school-aged classes will be weekly on Saturday evenings (5.30 pm to 8.30 pm, to be confirmed) and Sunday afternoons (1.30 pm to 4.30 pm, to be confirmed). Please specify in your supporting statement whether you are interested in Sunday only, Saturday only or both.

Role Requirement: Proof of Identity requirements/right to work in the country:

Pre-existing right to work in Japan. These roles are only open to applicants who currently have permission to live and work in Japan. Please note that if your current working visa is under the ‘Other’ category (e.g. Professor, Instructor, Artist) you will need to apply for permission to work under the category (Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services).

Income tax and national insurance:

Your salary is a gross salary and is subject to local taxes and statutory deductions. The British Council will make deductions from your salary at source in respect of tax and other sums due where appropriate.

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