SES Shunan English School is a privately owned
company with a large staff of native English speakers from around the world, as
well as English-speaking Japanese instructors.
We have been providing courses in English and other foreign languages to
Japanese students since 1972. Currently,
SES maintains offices in three cities in Yamaguchi Prefecture, with the main
office located in Shunan. In addition to
classes taught at these offices, SES offers courses in local high schools,
colleges, corporate offices, community centers and private homes throughout the
area. SES also provides translation and
Section One: About Our School [TOP]
Section Two: Work Schedule [TOP]
The work schedule for native teachers is
approximately 25 hours per week, with a maximum of 29 teaching hours per week. Teachers have two consecutive days off each week, either Saturday/Sunday
12:00 Group News Class 1 hour
1:00 Group News Class 1 hour
2:00 [No Scheduled Lessons]
4:00 Children’s Class (Team teaching) 30
5:00 Private Lesson Children 30 minutes
6:00 Group Lesson
Children (Team teaching) 30 minutes
7:00 Private Lesson High School
Student 1 hour
8:00 Group business class 1 hour
Section Three: Our Students [TOP]
SES teachers teach a variety of
classes, each one different and context-specific. Typically, a teacher
will work with small groups of students in conversation-style classes. Our students vary from the very young
(kindergarten-age and younger) to junior high and high school students, as well
as adults of all ages. Children's classes are often team-taught with a member of the Japanese
staff, or with a Japanese teacher in the room (in the case of kindergarden
classes). Students' motivation for coming to SES also vary. Some of our students are committed to learning English for their exams
or careers; for other students, English is a hobby that they enjoy.
In addition to these types of classes, an SES teacher can expect to be
sent out to teach in one or more of many other locations, including
a Japanese school institution (elementary, junior and senior high schools),
universities, companies and JSDF (Japan Self-Defense Force) bases. As you would expect, all of these
organizations have different teaching requirements and expectations.
Section Four: Living Arrangements [TOP]
SES will find housing for new teachers prior to arrival in Japan, so there
is no need to find housing on your own. While
SES does pay the key money and security deposit for the apartment, each teacher
will be responsible for paying the monthly rent of the apartment/house he or
she will be living in. Rent varies from ¥50,000 - ¥55,000 per month (not including utilities). The apartments are generally unfurnished except for major appliances and
furniture (i.e. washing machine, refrigerator, air conditioner, dining
table, chairs, microwave are typically provided). See illustration below for a typical apartment
(Please note that pets of any kind are not
There are several network providers. Your monthly bill will depend on the
company you select, and whether you choose contract or prepaid conditions.
We highly recommend bringing an unlocked phone with you to Japan, as getting
just a SIM card is a lot easier than working out getting an actual phone
tied to a contract in Japan.
Recently, there are many smaller companies who offer calling and data,
or only data plans that are cheaper than the big Japanese phone companies.
Many teachers here use a service such as Sakura Mobile. It is completely
possible to get by in Japan with only a data cell phone plan, although
some services and businesses will require an actual phone number (which
you can't get on a data only plan), so please be aware of that and plan
around that if opting for a data only plan.
(Please note that teachers must have a cell
Internet access costs around ¥6,000 - ¥7,000 per month with the phone company.
Apartments already have internet installed and have a Wi-Fi router.
SES provides company cars for its teachers to use in commuting to
class. Each month a flat fee of ¥7,500,
which includes car insurance, is charged for personal use of the car.
(Please note that if you plan to drive, an International
Driver's Permit is required.)
Section Five: About Shunan, Yamaguchi [TOP]
Shunan is a commercial city of approximately
150,000 people located on the southern coast of Yamaguchi Prefecture, along the
"Seto Inland Sea." Shunan is blessed with a bullet train station, so the rest of Japan is
highly accessible from here. Yamaguchi Prefecture is located in western Japan and contains many historic
sites and beautiful natural locations including islands, beaches, mountains,
parks, and caverns. These are within easy reach of Shunan by car or local
train. Shunan enjoys a mild climate year round, and is in somewhat of a safe zone
from earthquakes and typhoons that trouble the rest of Japan. The nearby cities of Hiroshima and Fukuoka can be reached by car, bus,
or bullet train. From here the bullet train takes 20 minutes to get to
Hiroshima station and about 1 hour to arrive at Hakata station in Fukuoka.
Section Six: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) [TOP]
Q1) I don't speak Japanese; can I still live and work
Yes, of course. The majority of our teachers arrive in Japan with no prior
knowledge of the Japanese language. Many teachers do decide to study Japanese:
either for their own personal development, future goals or just for the
challenge. Some understanding of the language is obviously beneficial in
day-to-day life, such as ordering food or going to the movies, it is easy
enough to get by without it. SES will be happy to assist with any language-related
difficulties you may encounter.
Q2) Is it possible for me to be
hired by SES if I don't have a university degree?
Unfortunately, no. A bachelor's degree is a minimum requirement for obtaining
the necessary permit to work in Japan.
Q3) Is there a problem if I'm from a non
English-speaking country or I'm not a citizen of an English-speaking
SES primarily employs native English speakers. However,
we do employ teachers from countries where English is a second language in order
to meet our students’ demands for other foreign languages. Usually, these
teachers are required to be fluent in English.
Q4) I've just
graduated and I have no teaching experience. Can I still teach in
Yes. If you are a hard-working, well-motivated individual
with excellent English ability and you seek a fresh challenge, we would
encourage you to apply.
Q5) Are there contracts with SES for less
than a year such as summer contracts, internships, or six-month
No. Under normal circumstances, contracts are for one
Q6) How much should I put aside for my flight to
Of course, it depends on where you will be flying in from
and the time of year when you’ll be coming. A good average is about $800-900
USD. We advise that you shop around with various websites or travel companies
for the best deal.
Q7) My partner and I would both like to teach
for SES. Is that possible?
If two positions become vacant at the
same time, yes. We welcome couples to apply to SES, although we cannot make any
promises that two teaching positions will be available at any one
Q8) When do positions begin?
available when business needs arise. Often it is simply the case that an
existing employee fulfills his or her contract and decides to move
Q9) Do I have to live in the SES apartment?
No, you do not have to live in an SES apartment. However, you should be
aware, if you wish to find your own apartment, that both a deposit and
‘key money’are required for renting in Japan and they are not cheap.
Q10) What if I have
a family emergency or an unexpected (but valid) need to return
This is rare, but situations such as these can, and do,
happen. In these cases SES will do all it can to assist the teacher in making
the necessary arrangements.
Q11) Is there a limit to how long I can
remain in Japan?
SES contracts are initially for one year. However, if a teacher performs
well, as SES hopes he or she would, there is no fixed time limit. A teacher
may extend their contract for as long as they wish to stay in Japan.
Q12) Who will I be teaching?
You will likely be teaching a whole range of age groups, from the youngest
to the oldest, of many differing abilities and requirements. SES teachers
teach everybody from very young children and kindergarteners to the retired.
We also send teachers to schools, universities, companies, and other classes
at different locations.
What is the average apartment like?
Apartments vary from
building to building, but the average apartment layout and size is like the illustration below. Most apartments are located within 1-2
minutes walking distance from the main SES office in Tokuyama.
Do I need an International Driver’s License to teach at
While it is not necessary to have an International Driver's license, it
is encouraged. Furthermore, doing so will allow you the freedom to travel
around the city and the surrounding areas. To obtain such a license is
generally very easy, though you must do it before you come to Japan. In
America, go to AAA. In the UK, you can visit your local post office.
Note: Further details will be provided to a candidate