English Teacher


  • English: Native level (preferred)
  • Japanese: None
  • Must currently reside in Japan
  • Visa sponsorship available


Nodayama Kindergarten is currently seeking experienced teachers who have a passion working with young children. Candidates must be professional, energetic, active, and patient. Teamwork is of utmost importance in this position, so we are looking for someone who can cooperate with the teachers and staff of the school. Teaching is the primary job but supporting homeroom teachers to take care of kids is sometimes necessary.
Position starts in April 2024, but training will be in March.

We implement GrapeSEED Curriculum, an English learning program based on principles of Natural Language Acquisition. Successful candidate will be provided with Grapeseed training prior to teaching.

We also offer after-school program “Friends Club” which continues their English learning for Elementary Grades 1-6 . GrapeSEED is also implemented in these classes, but you can be creative with your lesson.

Job Description:
– Full time contract, minimum of 1 year (at least two years or long term commitment is preferred))
– Starting monthly salary 230,000 yen/month plus employment insurance, worker’s accident compensation insurance.
– Housing allowance of 25,000 yen/month.

– 29 working hours/week (about 18 class hours), between 10:00 and 19:00. Due to special circumstances, working schedule may be changed.
– In general: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 10:00-19:00 (with 2 hour break time) and Wed 8:00am-14:00 (some Saturdays/Sundays depending on school events)
– Visa sponsorship available
– Paid holidays (10 in a year) and 5 paid holidays for Summer Break.
– Participate in the school’s special events, cleaning the classroom and assisting teachers.
– Teach children aged between 4 years and 6 years old in the morning
– Teach children aged between 7 years and 12 years old in the afternoon
– Holidays: Saturday and Sunday, National holidays, New Year’s holiday

Oita city

Employment Conditions:
Based on Nodayama Kindergarten regulations.

The applicant must:
(1) Be a Native Speaker or from an English Speaking Country.
(2) Currently living in Japan and willing to relocate if necessary
(3) Hold a university degree
(4)Short-listed applicants will be required to provide a reference letter from their previous employer.

Preferred Requirements:
(1) TESOL/TESL or CELTA certified
(2) At least 1-2 years teaching English to children.
(3) Japanese language skill is NOT required. However, someone who is familiar with
Japanese culture and etiquette will be preferred.
(4) Familiarity with teaching phonics

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