Teacher Vacancies in the Tamagawa Academy English Predominant (EP) Program

Available Positions starting from April 2023: Lower Grade Homeroom Teacher (grades 1 or 2), Upper Grade Homeroom Teacher (grades 3, 4 or 5).

About Tamagawa Academy

Tamagawa Academy was established in 1929 and built upon a balanced educational philosophy encapsulated in Zenjin (‘Whole person’) education.

Tamagawa Academy has been authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School since 2009 and currently offers the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programmes bilingually in English and Japanese. In addition to the IB, in 2016 the school started an English partial immersion program called the English Predominant (EP) program in elementary school grades 1-5. This is designed to be a feeder program to prepare children for the language and learning demands of the IB from grade 6.

About the EP Program

The EP program follows the Japanese National Curriculum and Tamagawa Academy’s unique approach to primary education. We are not a PYP school, however, roughly 60% of the program is taught in English.

Subjects taught in EnglishGrades 1 and 2Grades 3-5
Taught by homeroom teacher English, math, integrated studies (a cross-curricular blend of art and craft, science and social science)
Moral Studies
Study Hall
English
Math or Science
Moral Studies
Study Hall
Taught by specialist teacher PE, Music PE, Music, Art

There are 53 teachers in the primary division, of whom 19 are non-Japanese teachers.

Each EP class has two homeroom teachers – one Japanese and one non-Japanese. Lessons are 45 minutes long and teachers have twenty lessons or less each week.

The vast majority of children come from Japanese families and start with no English in grade 1. By the time the children graduate at the end of grade 5 they are expected to reach CEFR B1 level. Although they make rapid progress in English, teaching is far closer to TEFL than working in an international school, especially in the first few years of the program. Candidates with experience in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to young learners, especially in Japan, will be at an advantage.

Job Requirements
Lower Grade EP Homeroom Teacher Job RequirementsEssentialDesirable
Native English speaker  
A valid teaching certificate for elementary school-aged children  
Experience teaching English and math  
Experience teaching school grades 1 and 2  
Qualifications / experience in Teaching EFL to Young Learners  
Understanding / experience of teaching CLIL  
Experience teaching synthetic phonics  
Experience living and working in Japan  
Ability to speak Japanese  
Upper Grade EP Homeroom Teacher Job RequirementsEssentialDesirable
Native English speaker  
A valid teaching certificate for elementary school-aged children  
Qualifications / Experience teaching EFL to young learners  
Experience teaching science or math as a specialist  
Experience teaching elementary school grades 3 and up  
Understanding / experience of teaching CLIL  
Experience teaching synthetic phonics  
Experience living and working in Japan  
Ability to speak Japanese  

Description of Duties and Responsibilities: Please refer to the attached file: Job Description for EP Homeroom Teacher.PDF

What we offer
  • A generous salary
  • Private health insurance
  • Subsidized tuition fees for the children of staff (roughly 50%)
  • One-way economy class airfare for employees hired from outside Japan
  • Relocation allowance for employees hired from outside Japan
  • Initial two-year contract renewable by mutual agreement
  • Paid vacations (including all of August)
  • Sponsorship of Tokyo special teaching license for teachers who show commitment and potential
  • A comprehensive in-house professional development program
  • A beautiful campus less than 45 minutes from central Tokyo
  • A friendly and relaxed work environment
Hiring Process
  1. Deadline for Applications: October 31st 2022
  2. Once relevant documents have been submitted, you will receive an email confirming your application.
  3. Successful applicants will be notified within 2 weeks and the first interview arranged. Applicants are encouraged to visit the school, but when this is not feasible, a video interview will be arranged.
  4. Candidates who pass the first interview and wish to proceed will receive detailed information about salary and conditions of employment. For the second interview, applicants who can visit the school do a demonstration lesson. Other applicants must submit a video of a class and/or a lesson plan.
  5. Candidates who pass the second interview and are happy to accept a position have a final interview with the President of the Academy. After this interview, applicants are sent an employment agreement which must be signed and returned to confirm appointment.

Qualified candidates should apply by submitting the following documents to the contact listed below.

  1. A resume/CV completed using the attached form.
  2. The contact information of at least 2 recent professional referees who can confirm your teaching-related experience and abilities. All referees should be education professionals at a recognized institution who directly supervised you. Please use the attached format.
  3. A copy of your teaching certificate(s) and/or licenses
  4. A short covering letter outlining your educational philosophy
Contact for all enquiries and application information:

Damien Pratt, Lead Teacher for Academic Affairs (K-5 Bilingual Programme) 
email: bles@tamagawa.ed.jp