Section One: About Our School [TOP]
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 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. Students' motivations 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 SDF (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
¥45,000 - ¥57,000 per month (not including utilities). The apartments are generally unfurnished
except for major appliances and furniture (i.e. washing machine, refrigerator, air
conditioner, and dining table set are typically provided). See illustration below for a typical apartment
(Please note that pets of any kind are not
Most teachers only have a cell phone while in Japan. There are several
network providers including Docomo, AU, Softbank etc. Your monthly bill will
depend on the company you select, and whether you choose contract or prepaid
conditions. Most contracts in Japan are for a 24 month period.
(Please note that teachers must have a cell
phone. Teachers who don’t have cell
phones will be provided one by SES.)
Optical fiber Internet access costs around ¥6,000 per month with the phone
company, in addition to the charges from your choice of Internet provider.
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." Yamaguchi Prefecture is located in western Japan and contains many historic
sites and beautiful natural locations including islands, beaches, mountains,
parks, and caverns. Shunan enjoys a mild climate year round. The nearby cities of Hiroshima (30 min.) and Fukuoka (65 min.) may be reached
by can, bus, or high-speed train.
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, but SES will 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?
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?
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 the deposit and ‘key money’
required for renting in Japan are significant.
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.
Q12) Who will I be teaching?
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 school, university, company and other classes.
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.
Contract Stipulations [TOP]
2. Monthly Salary
3. Monthly Expenses
5. Vacation and Holidays
Note: Further details will be provided to a candidate