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Employment Information

Thank you for your interest in Center for English Discussion Class.
Currently, our recruitment is closed.
Recruitment information will be published on this website at a later date.

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 8:50 to 17:00, Mondays to Fridays, and 8:50 to 13:00 on Saturdays.

Regular Semester

Instructors teach 14 lessons per week throughout each 14-week semester. Each lesson is 90 minutes. Typically, instructors will be scheduled to teach two or three lessons per day. Instructors are expected to devote two 90-minute class periods 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 9:00-10:30
Second period 10:45-12:15
Third period 13:15-14:45

Repeating Course

Rikkyo University offers make-up English Discussion courses for two weeks after each regular semester in August and February. Similar to the Regular Semester, each Repeating Course lesson is scheduled for 90 minutes. Three lessons are offered per day, five consecutive days per week (Monday to Friday, 8:50 to 17:00). English Instructors teach a maximum of 15 Repeating Course lesson per week.

Monday to Friday First period 9:00-10:30
Second period 11:00-12:30
Third period 14:00-15:30


Q1: How can I find accommodation in Tokyo?

A1: You are expected to conduct the search for housing 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: Can I work part-time for this position?

A4: No. This position 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 will be assigned to teach classes 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