Positions available for teaching and advising, April 2013 start

29 06 2012

NOTE: We are still seeking applicants for the learning advisor position for April 2013. We are no longer accepting applications for the teaching vacancies.

The English Language Institute (ELI) of Kanda University of International Studies (http://kandaeli.com) has openings for suitably qualified teachers of English as a foreign language and also for learning advisors. These lecturer positions are for a two-year period commencing April 2013. There may be options to renew the contract once making a total of four years. Deadline: September 1st, 2012.


The English Language Institute (ELI) was founded in 1989 with 4 full-time members. Since that time it has grown to its current complement of 70 lecturers comprising 60 teachers and 10 learning advisors who have been recruited from around the world. Teachers develop and teach a variety of English proficiency courses, while Learning Advisors provide a range of services through the Self-Access Learning Centre (SALC) [http://www.kandagaigo.ac.jp/kuis/salc/] to promote and encourage learners to become more responsible for their own learning. The ELI is located in a custom-designed, state-of-the-art building which features the award-winning SALC, the Media Education Centre, the ELI Lounge, and Blended Learning Spaces – flexible classrooms in which multi-media can be used to help facilitate instruction.

Members of the ELI are involved in the following types of activity:


Teachers are responsible for teaching English proficiency courses, mainly to first and second year students. A small number of English as a Second Foreign Language classes for other language majors are also taught.


Advising in language learning involves the practices and processes of developing language learner autonomy. Learning advisors (LAs) work with students on personally relevant aspects of their language learning. Advising can occur in one-to-one meetings with learners, in written form via self-directed learning modules, or in classes or workshops specially designed to develop an awareness of the language learning process.


Teachers and learning advisors are assigned to one of the ongoing institutional research projects housed within the ELI. These are collaborative research projects led by a coordinator(s) and typically consist of 7-8 people. These projects are, for the most part, concerned with the systematic development and trialling of instructional materials to be used within and/or outside of the classroom, and research into practices surrounding the use of these materials. We also have projects related to: assessment, self-access and CALL.

Extra-curricular Student Activities

ELI members work with students in a variety of social, cultural, and sporting clubs on campus. The ELI is a gathering point for students who want to engage in informal English discussion. Some students come for help and advice on both academic and other topics.


A. An M. A. Degree (or internationally recognized equivalent) in the area of teaching English as a second / foreign language or some closely related field.

B. Experience Experience in teaching English, particularly at post-secondary level, would be an advantage.

C. A strong interest in working with Japanese students in both formal and extra-curricular settings is essential, together with an interest in Japanese language and culture.


Members of the ELI are expected to be at the university for five working days per week during academic terms, normally from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm or 10.30 am to 6.30 pm.

All teachers are involved in the following:

1) Teaching eight one-and-a-half hour classes per week in each of two fifteen-week terms per year

2) Working in the ELI Conversation Lounge or adjacent skills practice areas for two one-and-a- half periods per week.

3) Participating as a member of a research team in one of the institute’s research projects

4) Participating in the ELI Professional Development Programme

5) Attending scheduled weekly meetings and activities of the ELI and other special meetings which may be called from time to time

6) Attending special ceremonies and events conducted by the university including entrance exams and ceremonies, for example: the Entrance Ceremony, the Graduation Ceremony and the Open Campus Day in July

7) Participating in functions organized by the ELI including the Freshman Welcome Party and the administrations of the Kanda Assessment Project (KAP)

8) Cooperating with the Public Relations section of the university in the promotion of the university to high schools students and other interested parties.

All learning advisors are involved in items 3-8 (above), plus the following:

1) Working with learners on self-directed learning modules and/or in elective learner development classes. LAs meet students one-to-one, run workshops and provide weekly written feedback on students’ work during two fifteen-week terms per year

2) Maintaining a good understanding of the resources and facilities in the SALC. LAs assist in selecting and developing new self-access resources, promoting the resources and helping students to use materials and facilities appropriately

3) Participating in the ongoing curriculum and materials development related to SALC modules and courses

4) Working at the Learning Help Desk in the SALC in order to be available to advise learners on a drop-in basis for 3-4 hours per week

5) Providing initial and ongoing orientations of SALC services and materials to students


1. Gross annual amount including bonuses (before tax): Years 1 & 2: ¥ 5,000,000

2. The salary is payable in monthly amounts

3. There are two bonus payments: September and March


1. Private research allowance: ¥ 100,000

2. Transportation: ¥ 100,000 to defray expenses of taking up appointment for overseas appointees

3. Commuting Allowance: Applicable costs of daily travel between residence and University

4. Contract Completion Payment



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