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Bilingual Elementary School Programme General Teacher

Tamagawa Academy
Tokyo, Japan
US 3900 - 5000 a month
One-way economy class airfare
Start April 2020
2 years
  • Elementary
  • Licensed Teacher
  • Bachelor
  • 3 years of teaching experience
  • Teaching Credential/License


  • Native English speaker / Native level of English
  • A valid teaching certificate/license for elementary school-aged children
  • The ability to teach English and at least one of math, science or PE



  • Experience teaching a range of elementary school grades
  • Qualifications/experience in teaching English as a foreign language
  • Understanding/experience of teaching CLIL
  • Experience teaching synthetic phonics
  • Experience living and working in Japan
  • Ability to speak Japanese
  • Private health insurance
  • Subsidized tuition fees for the children of staff (roughly 50%)Relocation allowance for employees hired from outside Japan
  • Initial two-year contract renewable by mutual agreement
  • Paid vacations (including all of August)
  • Sponsorship of Tokyo special teaching license for teachers who show commitment and potential
  • A comprehensive in-house professional development program
  • Coverage of the cost of an online course for Teaching English to Young Learners for interested teachers
  • A beautiful campus less than 45 minutes from central Tokyo
  • A friendly and relaxed work environment

Duties and Responsibilities

Main Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Teaching around 20 hours per week of classes
  • Developing teaching materials that support high-quality lessons and sharing these
  • Being familiar with curriculum requirements and teaching in line with these
  • Planning, teaching and developing resources for lessons in these subjects:
  • 1st and 2nd grade: English, math and integrated studies
  • 3rd grade and above (subject specialists): English and one of math, science or PE
  • Marking and using formative assessment to ensure the needs of all learners are met
  • Implementing strategies that support and scaffold language learning within lessons 
  • Ensuring that all students make good progress in line with school expectations
  • Keeping accurate assessment records and preparing formal reports at designated times during the academic year that include comments on student progress against objectives

General Responsibilities

  • Understanding the school’s educational philosophy and ethos and implementing school policies and rules. Providing guidance to students on these when necessary
  • Maintaining a high standard of professionalism at all times
  • Communicating well with children, parents, colleagues and other staff
  • Attending morning briefings and regular staff meetings
  • Participating in professional development activities in line with school requirements 
  • Maintaining a safe, clean, tidy and healthy classroom environment that supports the physical, social and emotional well-being of all students
  • Ensuring the health and safety of all pupils at all times
  • Supervising children on their way to bus stops and the station at home time
  • Supervising and actively participating in trips (including residentials in some grades)
  • Participating in outdoor activities with children such as gardening and cleaning
  • Occasionally working overtime when requested (overtime is paid separately)
  • Occasionally attending events such as parent meetings or sports days on Saturdays and/or Sundays (a day of the holiday is given in lieu of any Saturday or Sunday worked)

Other Responsibilities may include:

  • Cover for absent teachers
  • Teaching non-BLES course classes
  • Teaching BLES kindergarten
  • Other duties as requested by the Director for K-4
This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job

Tamagawa Academy is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2019. The school was established in 1929 and built upon a balanced educational philosophy encapsulated in Zenjin (‘Whole person’) education. 


Tamagawa Academy has been authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School since 2009 and currently offers the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programmes bilingually in English and Japanese. In addition to the IB, in 2016 the school started the Bilingual Elementary School (BLES) Program in its kindergarten and elementary school in order to prepare children for the MYP and DP.

This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job

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