Hourly Paid Teacher of English, Young Learners

Date: 13-Sep-2022

Location: Tokyo, East Asia, JP

Company: British Council

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.

Joining the British Council as a teacher offers flexible opportunities to teach English to young people and adults around the world. Our professional and innovative teaching practices demonstrate and support our values of being open and committed, expert and inclusive, optimistic, and bold. We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and provide a nurturing and supportive environment for students, including strong support for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 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.



Role Purpose

  • To maintain and enhance professional development and academic quality in the teaching centre, through the management of in-house teacher development programme and support 
  • To promote and ensure quality teaching and effective learning of English 
  • To provide learners with a rewarding and stimulating English language learning experience 
  • To support the wider aims of British Council and its cultural relations mission 

Job Overview


We are recruiting for highly motivated, flexible and customer-oriented EFL teachers to teach elementary school students at our Iidabashi Teaching Centre. You need to have an undergraduate degree (any discipline), be qualified to at least certificate level or preferably diploma level (i.e. CELTA or DELTA or equivalent) and have 2 or more years of teaching experience, gained through teaching relevant levels and age groups. Young Learner qualifications (e.g. TYLEC, YL extension to CELTA, PGCE or equivalent) are desirable.  


The Tokyo Teaching Centre is located close to Iidabashi train Station. As well as Young Learners, the Teaching Centre delivers communicative English classes (myClass), language and culture classes and IELTS and Cambridge ESOL exam preparation classes.  



Support British Council’s global English strategy by

  • Delivering teaching to the highest standards of ELT to a range of Young Learners (ages and levels)
  • Enhancing British Council’s reputation as a world authority in ELT
  • Continuing professional development and sharing of best practices.
  • Ensuring teaching is engaging, relevant and appropriately challenging, and meets learner needs and expectations
  • Using a variety of resources and technologies to meet learner needs and ensuring teaching meets Teaching Quality standards and organisational expectations
  • Complying with and implementing British Council policy and practice (Safeguarding,Equality Diversity & Inclusion, Data Protection…)
  • Supporting the teaching centre’s activities and British Council plans 




•    Undergraduate Degree 
•    Cambridge CELTA/Trinity cert TESOL.



  • Cambridge DELTA/Trinity Diploma
  • PGCE in Primary/Secondary or equivalent

Work Experience


  • 2 years post-certificate i.e. CELTA/Trinity cert TESOL experience in two or more of the following age groups:
    • Young learners aged 4 to 6 (400+ hours)
    • Young learners aged 7 to 11 (800+ hours)
    • Young learners aged 12 to 14 (400+ hours)
    • Young learners aged 15 to 17 (400+ hours)



  • Experience of teaching Young Learners online


Language Requirement 


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


Salary & Benefits 


  • Salary : JPY 4,400 per teaching hour for teachers with a CELTA  and JPY 4,900 per teaching hour for teachers with a DELTA (Payment for preparation for lessons and marking is included in the hourly teaching rate above and is not paid for separately.) 
  • Accommodation Allowance/ Medical Allowances /Baggage allowance : Not Applicable for this role
  • Travel Allowance (if applicable) : Depends on applicant's location 

Additional Information 


  • Contract Type:  Hourly Paid
  • Contract Hours : Depends on business requirement 
  • Work schedule:  Classes for elementary school students will be weekly on Sunday mornings and/or afternoons (9.00am to 12.00pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm).Teachers will be asked to commit for at least one 15-week term.

Local restrictions on employment : 


Candidates must have a 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 a new visa under the category (Engineer / Specialist in Humanities / International Services).


Closing Date and Time – Sunday, 16 October 2022 (23:59 IST)


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Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement


The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment.  We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.  All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.


The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.


We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.


Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.


If you have any problems with your application please email askhr@britishcouncil.org


Please note: Applications to this role can only be considered when made through the Apply section of our careers website. Our ‘ASK HR’ email is only to be used in case of a technical issue encountered when applying through the careers website. Emails with supporting statements and CV/Resumes sent to this email address will not be reviewed and will be deleted.