BORDERLINK, INC. was founded in 2000 focuses on Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) recruitment.
Do you have a strong interest in Japan and Japanese culture? Have you ever thought about teaching abroad? Borderlink is currently looking for creative, outgoing, professional, and flexible individuals with a genuine interest in Japan, to work as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) at Japanese public elementary, junior high, and senior high schools in Japan. The Japanese school year is from April, and the large majority of positions begin in April and May.
Working shift between 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday with the occasional Saturday
(Working times vary from one city to another.)
Japanese elementary schools have grades 1 to 6, and the students are aged 6 to 12 years old. ALTs are placed in elementary schools to allow students to become comfortable working with foreigners, and ALTs are placed in schools to encourage students to communicate as much as possible in English. Games, songs, and collaborative activities become the platform for the use of English. ALTs play with the students on the school grounds, interact with them in their clubs, and at lunch. If you enjoy working with young children, this is the place for you!
Some ALTs prefer to work with older students. Junior and senior high school ALTs teach students aged 12 to 18. As the students are tested on their English skills, there is a greater emphasis on reading and writing, in addition to speaking and listening. Therefore the role of the ALT is to foster communication between students by creating interactive and fun skits and other activities. In many schools there are English elective classes or after-school English clubs for students who want to take their English skills to the next level. Also, in junior and senior high schools, after-school clubs and sports are high priority for the students. ALTs are encouraged to join in, and so many find themselves playing such sports as soccer, softball, or basketball with the students. If you are not good at sports, don’t worry. There are also non- athletic clubs including the archery club, the brass band club and even the art club.
Salaries start from 200,000 yen per month, and are based on experience, language ability, and teaching skill. There is also a chance to receive pay rises each year based on performance and evaluations.
**August is summer vacation in Japan, and is generally not included within the contract period. However, we do offer part-time work for most ALTs during this time, assisting with summer camps, speech competition training at junior high schools, and Japanese teacher training sessions.