Nov 26

Jobs: 2019 Lead Language Instructor – Council on International Educational Exchange (Tokyo, Japan)

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Job Title: 2019 Lead Language Instructor
Posted by: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Seasonal

2019 Lead Language Instructor
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad
Tokyo, Japan

Position: Lead Language Instructor
日本語教師 / リードインストラクター /リード日本語教師)
Department: CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad Programs
Reports To: Director, CIEE Site

Position Description

The CIEE Tokyo High School Summer Abroad program is offered in two 4-week sessions during the summer of 2019. Both sessions will be held at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center near Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. CIEE is looking for a Lead Instructor (LI) who embraces our task-based, communicative approach and is excited about language and intercultural learning. The LI will be trained by CIEE on our curriculum guidelines, design the curriculum for our program in cooperation with CIEE staff, train other instructors, teach during both program sessions, and oversee student learning.

  • January 2019: Training / curriculum development / program preparation
  • March 2019: In-person training in Madrid, Spain (exact dates TBA)
  • June 10 to July 7: Session 1
  • July 8 to August 4: Session 2

Primary Responsibilities—Lead Instructor

  • Create / edit / adapt the Japanese language curriculum following CIEE’s curriculum requirements and guidelines.
  • Create detailed lesson plans according to CIEE guidelines.
  • Train other instructors on the curriculum. Act as a resource to them during the program.
  • Teach students in a classroom setting during both summer sessions (3 to 4 hours per day, 5 days per week. Exact dates and times of classes TBA.)
  • Participate in the Lead Instructor training course from January 2019. This course will be Online via the Canvas learning platform.
  • Participate in in-person training in Madrid, Spain in March (exact dates TBA).
  • Support additional instructors during their online training in March and April.
  • During the program work with CIEE Site and Program Leaders to ensure effective communication and curriculum integration
  • Plan and prepare for each day including development of task-based activities that help students meet learning objectives (“can do” statements)
  • Meet with co-Instructors and Program Leaders once a week to ensure the students are meeting goals and the program standards are being met
  • Serve as the primary contact regarding any curriculum-based matter for the level you teach
  • Provide participants with valuable feedback during in-class activities, through assessments against a rubric in Canvas, and through assessments
  • Enter student grades for participation, projects, assessments in Canvas
  • Provide CIEE with valuable feedback in English on the curriculum at the end of each session of the program (in a format agreed upon before the start of the program)
  • At the end of the program, participate in program de-brief, safety assessments, curriculum assessments and evaluations

Eligibility & Position Requirements

  • At least 3 years of language and culture teaching experience
  • Master’s Degree preferred
  • Experience teaching and/or working with US High School students (ages 15-18) preferred
  • High level of English proficiency; required training will be delivered in English
  • Experience with communicative and task-based teaching methods
  • Possess and demonstrate strong leadership skills and a desire to work with, and teach, high school aged students
  • Ability and willingness to work as a productive member of a team with the collective goal of creating positive participant experiences
  • Ability to accept and apply feedback
  • Outstanding intercultural communications skills
  • Creativity, a love of language, and excited to inspire students to speak, listen, write, and read to improve language proficiency


Dependent on qualifications and experience.

To apply, submit the following to dbiggs(at)

  • Cover letter
  • C.V. or Resume
  • A sample lesson plan for a communicative, task-based lesson and explain how it is accessible to beginner, intermediate, and advanced level students
  • Be prepared to explain what a task-based, communicative approach is
  • Be prepared to give examples of how to teach beginner level language learners, and how to reach advanced learners that need an extra push

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