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〒399-0703 長野県塩尻市広丘高出1486-309

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About ACTIVE

Greeting


Thank you for your interest in Active English School. Please take the time to read the follwoing information and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Active English School and Active Personnel


Following the success of her privately owned conversation school, Mrs. Nagahara established the Active English School (AES) company in 1990. Then, in 2005 we began providing ALT to local public schools and established Active Personnel (AP).

AES and AP are both located in Shiojiri city, Nagano prefecture. It is centrally located between Tokyo, Nagoya and Nagano-city with the Japanese Alps in the background.

Shiojiri has four distinct seasons. Summer is hot and dry, but it can be stormy; Autumn is a cool relief after the heat of summer, and the leaves display their incredible shades of red, orange and yellow; Winter is cold (-10 degrees Celsius) and snowy, and it's easy to become addicted to skiing and snowboarding on the nearby slopes; Spring is warm and nature comes back to life after it's Winter rest, with the highlight undoubtedly being the appearance of the beautiful cherry blossoms.

Shiojiri is in rural Japan, surrounded by orchards, vineyards, rice fields, and vegetable farms. The locally grown specialties include the largest and juiciest apples you will ever see, and sweet grapes - that are also used to make local wine. Meanwhile, the landscape offers a bit of everything: from hiking the surrounding mountains, to swimming in local rivers, and biking through the rice fields.

As the teachers come from different English speaking countries, the students are able to experience a diverse range of English accents, giving them a greater grasp of the English language. Coming from different countries, the teachers bring with them a diversity in teaching techniques, activities and games to add to the ever expanding reserve.

Job description

Working in a conversation school and a public school are two very different roles, though the principals of familiarizing the students with English are the same at both.

Previous ALT experience and Japanese language skills are preferred, but a driving licence and international driving licence are both essential.

Active English School (Conversation Teacher)


Each full time teacher works approximately 24 teaching hours per week, with around 5-10 extra hours for class preparation. Teachers are also expected to be involved with school events for example by helping decorate and/or organize.

All teachers at Active English School have private, semi-private and group classes. Group classes range from 3 to 6 students. There are a wide variety of students attending Active English School: they range from 3 years old to around 70, and about two thirds of these students attend local schools.

The students bring an amazing energy to the school, and most of them are very motivated towards learning English. Compared to Western culture, Japanese students spend a lot more time at school and studying, and in general they are much more studious.

In addition, the conversation teacher is required to be a substitute for Assistant Language Teachers if an ALT is absent, and visit the public school/s in Shiojiri on those particular days. Please refer to the ALT job description below for more information.

Active Personnel (Assistant Language Teacher)


AP provides Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) to the Japanese public school system.

The job of an ALT involves assisting teachers with lessons, planning activities according to the learning level of students, and suggesting new and creative ways to improve language learning at school. The teacher might take full responsibility in classes in some elementary schools.

Teachers work 8 hours a day (8:30-16:30) five days a week from Monday to Friday. However working hours may change in case of meetings, classes or events. Teachers will have one base school which is a junior high school, and 2-3 additional elementary schools. However there is one position that has an elementary base school and about 7 other elementary schools.

Holidays follow the Active English School's calendar. (Spring, Golden Week holidays, Summer, and Winter vacations) However, teachers may be required to attend meetings, training or other events on some weekends or holidays.

In addition to the work above, the teacher is required to teach at least four hours of conversation classes a week as a part-time teacher at AES. AES pays extra for all classes taught by the employee, who may be asked or requested to teach additional lessons if circumstances dictate.

Q&A

Work at AES


  What size is the school?
  AES is a privately owned medium sized school. There are a few English conversation schools in Shiojiri-city and AES is one of the major ones.
  How many students attend your school?
  There are about 140 students in AES. Most of them take classes once a week. The percentage of AES students is the following: pre-school 10%, elementary 60%, Junior high 20%, senior high school and adult 10%.
  How many students are usually in each class?
  About 2 to 7 students for a group class. We also have private and semi-private (2 students) classes.
  What are the working hours?
  The contract hours are from 2 pm to 10 pm and the 3:30 pm to 9:30 pm are the core hours. During the core hours, full-time teachers will need to be at AES. In addition, some of the classes may take place before pm. Teachers will have a 30 minute dinner break during the week. The Saturday teacher's hours are from 9:00 am to 6 pm. The teacher will have 1 hour lunch break.
  How many classes would I have per day?
  Full-time teachers in AES will teach on an 4 - 8 class hours.
  What teaching resources does the school have? (Books, computers, internet etc..)
  We follow a school curriculum for pre-school and elementary students, which has a variety of activities teachers can prepare for lessons. Most of junior high to adult classes use a textbook and the teacher will prepare some more sub-materials. A few students prefer not to use any textbooks and the teacher will need to prepare some articles using their own initiative. A computer, the Internet and photo copier are available.
  How many teachers work at the school?
  There are three full-time and a few part-time native speaking conversation teachers, and two Japanese grammar teachers in AES.
  When are the holidays?
  We have Saturdays and Sundays off (or Sundays and Mondays off if you work the Saturday shift) and 24 set days off per year. Please note that taking sick leave is difficult with our schedule since we don't have enough substitute teachers. We ask all staff to schedule their vacation within the designated holidays.
  What is the dress code?
  We ask staff to wear a collared shirt, socks. Staff should not wear jeans whilst working in AES. Staff don't need to wear a suit at school but we ask all staff to bring one to Japan in case they are required to attend an official event. Beards are not allowed.
  What is the length of the contract?
  The contract starts the day after the week-long vacation and the contract finishes the day before the vacation the following year. ex. The contract will usually start from the beginning of April to nearly end of March, or starting from the middle of August to the begining of August the following year.


Work at AP as an ALT


  What is the required dress code?
  As employees of AP, we ask all ALTs to wear a collared shirt, socks and no jeans whilst working in public school. ALTs normally don't need to wear a suit at school but ALTs need to wear suit several times a year such as entrance, end of term and graduation ceremonies at school. So we ask teachers to bring one to Japan. Beards are forbidden.
   What is the length of the contract?
  One year base. However, we set the last day of the contract on the last work day at public school. The contract usually starts from at the beginning of April to the middle of March the following year. A second year contracter will get about a two week vacation at the end of March.


Visa


  Will you assist me in obtaining a Japanese work visa?
  Yes, we provide a work visa status of “Specialist in Humanities/International” for AES, or work visa status of “Instructor Visa” for AP.
  What information do I need to provide for the visa application?
  1. Contract with your signature
2. Passport sized color photograph
3. Original University transcripts
4. A copy of your passport photo page
5. A copy of University diploma
6. Official criminal record
7. Resume (CV)
8. Medical record with TB testing
9. Questionnaire for visa application
  How long does the visa process usually take?
  It takes about 5 to 7 weeks. The busiest time of year is between January and March. We ask all applicants to use Fedex to send any documents to ensure a swift and safe process.


Accommodation and others


  Is housing provided, and if not, is it pre-arranged or would I need to find it on my own?
  The housing semi-furnished is provided by Active. The resident will need to pay a 40000 JPY deposit, the rent fee, utilities and other living expenses.
  How much for the rent fee and utility fee for each month?
  The rent fee is 51,000 JPY, which includes unlimited Internet connection or parking spot with wider room. The total utility fees, including gas, water and electricity are between 15,000 to 20,000 JPY per month, which depends on how much the resident uses.
  Information about the typical size and layout of the apartment?
  There are two types of apartment. One comes with a parking spot and a larger room with a big kitchen area. The other comes with internet connection but is smaller in size with a smaller kitchen. Unfortunately, staff cannot choose which apartment they are given.
  Can I buy health insurance in Japan?
  Japan has a compulsory insurance system, and all those living in Japan must be covered by some form of insurance. There are two medical insurance systems in Japan:“Social Insurance System”for those working at AP;and“ National Health Insurance System”for those working at AES. 70% of medical expenses are covered for illness and injuries. You are responsible for the remaining 30%.
  Can I live in an apartment with my partner?
  Unfortunately not. We provide one room for one member of staff. Sharing a room with other employees is also not allowed.
  Is the plane ticket included in the salary or is that out of pocket?
  The plane ticket will be paid at your own expense. Instead of offering airfare, we set a contract completion bonus. The bonus will depend on the contract length and your working performance throughout the contract's duration.
  How do I get to Nagano-prefecture?
  It takes about 3 hours to get from Narita to Shiojiri by train. We offer new arrivals the use of a mini bus that takes you directly from Narita to Active English School. (This takes about 5 hours.)
  What is it like to live in Shijori on a day to day basis?
  Living in Shiojiri is very relaxed and laid back. It is in the countryside, but has plenty of amenities in the viccinity. You can find pretty much everything you need around your apartment area, such as convenience stores, restaurants, karaoke rooms and a huge homecenter. There is a larger city called Matsumoto, 15 minutes away by train, and it has night clubs, Uniclo and a big shopping centers.
  Can I extend my contract after one year?
  Yes, the contract can be extended dependant on your initial performance. Contract extensions are desireable and encouranged by the school.


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〒399-0703
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TEL.0263-52-0873
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