Project-based hourly paid teacher of English

Date: 9 May 2023

Location: Tokyo, East Asia, JP

Company: British Council

We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide.

We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Working with people in over 200 countries and territories, we are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.


Role Purpose

  • 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 the British Council and its cultural relations mission 


  • 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


  • Cambridge CELTA/ Trinity Cert TESOL
  • Undergraduate/University degree in any discipline


  • Cambridge DELTA/Trinity Diploma or equivalent
  • Relevant master's degree


Internal applicants only - Please include your most recent end-of-year-record and copy in both your line and centre managers when submitting your application


Work Experience

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

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary: You will be paid at an hourly rate that corresponds to your teaching qualification and experience post qualification as stated below; In addition, you will receive a project-completion bonus equivalent to JPY 700 per actual hour taught, provided all outlined standards are met
    • 4,400 yen/hour for teachers with a CELTA or equivalent 
    • 4,900 yen/hour for teachers with a DELTA or equivalent
  • Commuting allowance: Commuting allowance based on actual commuting cost up to a max of ¥30,000 per month
  • Start date: 1st September 2023
  • Duration: 12 months contract
  • Contract type: Fixed-term (Renewable) 
  • Work Schedule: The British Council Tokyo Teaching Centre is looking for qualified and experienced teachers to join our offsite team, teaching at Japanese universities and / or junior high schools.


Additional information

  • Local restriction on employment: These roles are only open to applicants who currently have permission to live and work in Japan. 
  • Income tax and national insurance: Your salary is gross and is subject to local taxes and statutory deductions for mandatory contribution to the Japanese Welfare Pension Insurance (Kosei Nenkin hoken), Health Insurance (Kenko hoken) and Unemployment Insurance (Koyo hoken) schemes under the laws and regulations of Japan from time to time in force.  The British Council will make deductions from your salary at source in respect of tax and other sums due where appropriate.

Closing Date and Time: Sunday 11th June 2023 23.59 (India Standard Time)



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


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.


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