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Project Based Hourly-Paid Teacher of English

Date: 12-Nov-2020

Location: Tokyo, East Asia, JP

Company: British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.



Role type: Project-Based Hourly-Paid Junior High / Elementary School Teacher


Pay band: Hourly-paid scale
⦁    4,400 yen/hour for teachers with a CELTA 
⦁    4,900 yen/hour for teachers with a DELTA

Location: Tokyo, Japan.

Duration: 12 Months (renewable contract)


Role Purpose 


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


Main Accountabilities:

Support British Council's global English strategy by:
⦁    preparing and delivering teaching to the highest standards of ELT 
⦁    continuing regular professional development and sharing of best practice 
⦁    ensuring teaching meets learner needs and expectations 
⦁    ensuring Teaching Skills and Behaviours meet organisational expectations 
⦁    finishing administrative tasks in a timely and accurate fashion 
⦁    maintaining good relationships with customers and colleagues


  • High proficiency in English i.e. full mastery of English across all 4 skills equivalents to user (CEFR C2) IELTS Band 8/9 in each of 4 sections of the academic module 
  • Cambridge CELTA/Trinity CertTESOL or equivalent 
  • Undergraduate/University degree 
  • Cambridge DELTA/Trinity Diploma or equivalent (Desirable) 
  • Relevant MA (Desirable)



You will receive a project-completion bonus equivalent to JPY 700 per actual hour taught, provided all outlined standards are met.


Additional Information

The British Council is looking for qualified and experienced teachers to join our offsite teaching team at Junior High and/or Elementary Schools in Koto Ku Tokyo. You will teach weekday mornings and afternoons during semester time only. Please note that you will be paid by the teaching hour, and during semester time only


A typical weekly schedule during semester time (17-20 hours of teaching):

  • Mon:  Variable schedule between 8.30am and 3.30pm
  • Tues: Variable schedule between 8.30am and 3.30pm
  • Wed: Variable schedule between 8.30am and 3.30pm
  • Thurs: Variable schedule between 8.30am and 3.30pm
  • Fri: Variable schedule between 8.30am and 3.30pm


Passport requirements/ right to work in country


This role is only open to applicants who have current permission to live and work in Japan. Previous experience teaching at a Japanese Junior High and/or Elementary School is desirable.




Closing date and time: Sunday, 06 Dec (23:59 CET)





A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.


Equality Statement


The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies. 
The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

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