Iris Linguistic Agencies:
Teach English in Japan 教える – “What”


What is the training program like?

We provide all new recruits with a comprehensive training program to introduce Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) to our techniques, materials and methodologies. Sessions include an introduction to the Japanese schooling system, school activities, working in elementary schools, first day and first class, effective use of the textbook, and so on. Training also includes developing life skills and social awareness to live in Japan. ALTs also have access to a large number of teaching resources to use in the classroom. These include music CDs, flashcards and a comprehensive database of downloadable material from the training department.

What are the working hours?

While our ALTs may be at school for up to 40 hours per week, between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday to Friday, their assigned working hours will be 29.5 or less. This is the maximum number fo work hours an ALT can do during the week. The exact working hours will be determined by the school(s) that the ALT will be assigned to. Weekends and public holidays are recognized as day off apart from attendance at special school events.


What are the vacation periods?

You are paid for all national holidays (about two weeks total) throughout the school year. In addition, you will receive a three to five week break between the end of July and the end of August, depending on which BOE (Boards of Education) you work for (the actual dates will vary according to your school schedule). You will also have about two week break at the end of December until early January for the winter break. Again, the actual date sill depend on the school, but a general rule of thumb for the winter break is December 23rd (the emperor’s birthday) until around January 7th. Within your contact, you are also entitled to five personal days after the first 90 days of continuous employment and 80% attendance. It is expected that these days are for sick days. Japanese business practices frown on actually taking personal days as vacation days, and is not recommended to do so.

What are the ages of the students?

Junior high school students are between 12 and 15 years old. Elementary school students are between 6 and 11 years old.