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Employment Information

We are now recruiting for English Instructor positions to begin teaching from April 2019.
If you wish to apply, complete the application by following the procedure below.

Position English Discussion Instructor (Center for English Discussion Class)
Qualifications A person falling under either one of the following categories is eligible to be appointed as an English Instructor.
(1) Holds an MA or higher degree in English Language Education (Applied Linguistics, TESOL, or in any related field)
(2) Holds an MA or higher degree in another field, and:

  (i) a half year of experience in teaching English as a second language at the university level; or

  (ii) one year of experience in teaching English as a second language at a high school as a solo teacher; or

  (iii) a CELTA (or equivalent)
*Applicants of any nationality are welcome to apply.
*Due to time restrictions, successful applicants must currently hold a valid working visa for Japan, or be a permanent resident of Japan.

Starting Date April 1, 2019
Conditions One-year contract, possibly renewed up to four times (for a total of 5 years maximum upon the mutual agreement of both parties)
Primary Duty Teaching English Discussion Classes (14 lessons per week, including potentially substituting for absent instructors)
*Depending on possible future adjustments to Rikkyo University’s language program, the above duty is subject to change.
Work Days Monday to Saturday (6 days per week)
*Must be on campus during the regular semester (Spring and Fall) and the repeating courses sessions, which are offered for one week in August and two weeks in February.
Work Hours Monday to Friday 8:40-16:50 & Saturday 8:40-12:50
Location Ikebukuro Campus (Tokyo) & Niiza Campus (Saitama)
     Monday: Ikebukuro Campus or Niiza Campus
Tuesday - Friday: Ikebukuro Campus
     Saturday: Niiza Campus
Remuneration Salary: Salary shall be determined in the rule of Rikkyo Gakuin.
Additional: Summer bonus (1 month of salary provided in June), Winter bonus (2 months of salary provided in December), housing allowance, transportation allowance, insurance (Rikkyo Gakuin health insurance, welfare pension insurance and employment insurance), and grant-in-aid.
*The first bonus of the first year will be prorated based on the numbers of calendar days after the commencement of assignment.
*The English Instructor position is designated as a teaching position, not a researcher position. However, instructors are able to receive a fund (for the purpose of improving the quality of their classes and education) from Rikkyo University called Grant-in-aid. A Researcher Number will not be provided by the university.
Holiday Sundays
National Holidays
Special University Holidays
Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring breaks
*In order to balance the number of classes over the 14-week semester, Rikkyo University schedules some classes on some national holidays, which are then considered to be work days. In lieu of these days, other days during the academic calendar become non-teaching days.
Paid Holiday 10 days for the first year
Application Documents Submit Documents Number 1 to 4 as e-mail attachments by the application deadline. Document Number 5 (references) must be submitted by each referee as e-mail attachments. No other formats will be accepted.
◆Download the Rikkyo University designated forms from below.
  1. Cover Letter (Designated Form)
  2. Rikkyo Formatted Curriculum Vitae (Designated Form)
    (Outline for Curriculum Vitae
  3. Activity Plan and Rationale Task and APR-Form
  4. Academic Degrees (Submit photocopies)
    ・Master’s and your highest Degree
    ・TESOL-related Certificates / Diplomas if applicable
  5. Two (2) References (Designated Form)
    ・Download the designated form and forward a copy to each of your referees.
    ・Referees must submit their completed forms to us via email directly.
Place of Submission Submit Application Document Number 1 to 4 as e-mail attachments.
Have each referee to submit Document Number 5 as e-mail attachment directly.
Submit all the application documents for the attention of “Personnel Section, Center for English Discussion Class, Rikkyo University”.
Selection Procedure First Stage: Screening of application document (Middle of January)
Second Stage: Model Teaching and Personal Interview (Middle of January through end of January)
* Tentatively, notification of official offer of employment is scheduled to be made by the beginning of March, 2019.
Application Deadline
January 4, 2019 at 12:00 (noon), Japan Standard Time
※Please note the following;
  • 1) Submit completed application documents by the deadline.
  • 2) The Model Teaching & Interview will be held between Monday and Friday during regular work hours.
  • 3) We do not disclose the reason for the rejection due to our policy.
  • 4) We will keep your files on record up to one year from submission, after which they will be discarded appropriately.

Goals and Recruitment

In April of 2010, we implemented an innovative English education curriculum. Central to this was the creation of the English Discussion Class, a class of about eight students, which all freshman students are required to take.

We invite instructors interested in becoming part of our innovative language program to apply for the English Instructor position.

The English Discussion Class curriculum provides students ample time to express their ideas in English and receive individual support from instructors. Instructors who understand the need for a student-centered approach for such small interactive communication classes are needed to meet these goals.

Qualities Sought

We seek talented candidates who have the following qualities:

  • ability to achieve the goals and objectives of the English Discussion Class, while teaching classes responsibly and with enthusiasm
  • awareness of cultural differences and who are good at cooperating with people from different backgrounds
  • commitment to English language teaching and can encourage and motivate university students to speak in English

Work Description

Teach English Discussion to First-Year Students

  • The English Discussion Class is a required course in the General Curriculum.
  • Classes are composed of 7-9 students.
  • The goal is to improve students’ speaking abilities and discussion skills.
  • Instructors follow the unified syllabus prepared by the university.
  • Instructors provide feedback to their students by filling out a class assessment after each lesson.
  • Instructors will also be scheduled to teach intensive “Repeating Courses” for students who do not pass the regular semester course.

Work & Class Schedule

Working hours and days are from 8:40 to 16:50, Mondays to Fridays, and 8:40 to 12:50 on Saturdays.

Regular Semester

Instructors teach 14 lessons per week throughout each 14-week semester. Each lesson is 100 minutes. Typically, instructors will be scheduled to teach two or three lessons per day. Instructors are expected to devote 60-minute a week to office hours and one class period a week for Faculty Development sessions with Program Managers and peers, in addition to preparing daily lesson plans.

Monday to Friday (Periods 1, 2, and 3) Saturday (Periods 1 and 2) First period 8:50-10:30
Second period 10:45-12:25
Third period 13:25-15:05

Repeating Course

Rikkyo University offers make-up English Discussion courses for one to two weeks after each regular semester in August and February. Similar to the Regular Semester, each Repeating Course lesson is scheduled for 100 minutes. Two or three lessons are offered per day, five consecutive days per week (Monday to Friday, 8:40-16:50). English Instructors teach a maximum of 14 Repeating Course lesson per week.

Monday to Friday First period 8:50-10:30
Second period 10:45-12:25
Third period 13:40-15:20


Q1: How can I find accommodation in Tokyo?

A1: You are expected to conduct the search for accommodation on your own.

Q2: I am applying from overseas. How can I get a working visa for Japan?

A2: We will provide you with a Certificate of Eligibility, which you can then take to the Japanese Embassy or the Japanese Consulate in your country of residence to apply for a work visa.

Q3: When does the contract begin and how long does it last?

A3: The contract term is from April 1 through March 31 of the following year. The contract is possibly renewed up to four times (in principle, for a total of 5 years maximum upon the mutual agreement of both parties). In some cases, positions may also be able to commence from September 1 (the second semester of the Japanese academic calendar).

Q4: Is it possible to work part-time in this position?

A4: No. This is a full-time position only.

Q5: Can I select the Rikkyo campus where I will teach?

A5: No. Your main campus will be in Ikebukuro. All English Instructors and Program Managers will be assigned to teach lessons at both the Ikebukuro and Niiza campuses.

Q6: I am a non-native speaker of English. Can I apply for this position?

A6: Yes. Anyone who meets the required qualifications may apply.

Q7: I am living abroad. Can I apply for the position from overseas?

A7: Yes. We accept applications from all over the world. If necessary, a Skype interview can be arranged.

【Where to contact】

Should you have any questions, please contact us at

Attention to: Personnel Section, Center for English Discussion Class, Rikkyo University