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Expectations/Responsibilities

 

Excellence in Teaching

 

The learner is the focus of the language classroom at James English School. Teachers enthusiastically strive to facilitate the learner’s development of language skills according to each individual’s interests, desires and needs.

 

Each teacher is expected to be knowledgeable of, and conscientiously adhere to, the school’s educational and administrative policies.

 

Punctuality and lesson preparedness are the natural result of a teacher who puts the learning and needs of their students first.

 

Attention to detail is highly valued. Conscientious, timely and neat record keeping, student and course assessment, and report writing are required. Many documents will be prepared and typed by the teacher.

 

Full and willing participation in the school’s program of teachers’ meetings, and extra-curricular events is expected.

 

Each teacher takes responsibility for their own professional development through an active program of self-assessment, renewal, and expansion of their knowledge of teaching.

 

Our Teachers are aware that inside and outside the classroom, they are representatives of James English School (and of their own country) and they should always act appropriately to promote a positive image and further mutual understanding between cultures.

 

Dress Code

 

Understanding and adhering to the James Dress Code is very important to each teacher’s success in Japan. Dressing appropriately expresses your willingness to accommodate the more conservative attitude and expectations of the Japanese toward their English “sensei” (language teacher). Most teachers will teach Business English classes on site at the client’s facility and therefore must dress for that environment. What some teachers assume to be appropriate sometimes is not: if you err, it is best to err on the side of being too conservative. Here are some dress code guidelines:

 

Men should wear standard business suits and complimenting neckties that show a sense of current business fashion. Khaki, corduroy, and heavy cottons are inappropriate because they appear too casual. Standard, polished business shoes (not suede or recreational shoes) are deemed appropriate.

 

Women should wear similarly conservative attire according to the current standards of the Japanese corporate environment.

 

Briefcases and bags should be handy or of the shoulder strap variety. Here again, discretion is important when choosing a bag that that is appropriate for the environment in which you will work. Soft bags made of woven nylon and other modern shapes or designs are sometimes inappropriate. Back pack, day pack, or gym bags are definitely inappropriate.

 

The dress code takes effect when you leave your apartment on your way to work, not at some time after arriving. This means that any time you enter the James school building you should be dressed appropriately and already be carrying the right kind of bag.

 

Duty Hours

 

Duty Hours are expected of each teacher during the standard workweek as specified in the contract. The teacher must be available during these hours to be scheduled to teach as the need arises. There is flexibility, however, allowing teachers to freely come and go during the workday when they are not scheduled for a class.

 

Successful Teachers

 

The management of James English Schools hopes that all teachers will successfully adjust to living in Japan and have a high degree of success as a professional teacher here. It is hoped that these successful teachers will be willing to make a personal commitment of a second year to James. The main conditions that define the success of a teacher at James and therefore promote contact renewal are based on the following factors:

 

Teaching performance: Factors include successfully performing as a better than average teacher, evidenced by a high level of student learning, retaining student enrollment, understanding and implementing the James educational policies and positively contributing to the professionalism of the other teachers and the school at large.

 

Attitude: Cooperation and flexibility are key attitudes that contribute to the educational mission of the school and accommodate the on-going demands of the business. Each teacher should contribute to the harmony of all relationships within the school and without.

 

Popularity: One of the realities of the business of selling English instruction in Japan is that the ability to be liked makes the teacher’s service more marketable. In addition, but of greater significance, is that aspect of popularity which contributes to the growth and long-term stability of the school and its educational goals - each teacher’s reputation for consistent and capable instruction.

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