Teaching at K&F English Academy
What is K&F?
Founded in 1992
Started by Kevin and Fumi Mushinsky in Takehara, K&F quickly expanded to a second school in Mihara.
We try to hire only native teachers in order to give our students an opportunity to learn both language and culture.
Our students don’t sign contracts. They keep studying at K&F because they are getting what they are paying for rather than because they are ‘locked in’.
Our teachers have a high bar. We expect our teachers to work hard and to care about what they are doing.
Small Class Sizes
Our class sizes are limited to 9 students, and many classes are intentionally kept to 4-5 students.
Employee manuals, Japanese language training, training days and regular meetings with management.
We encourage strong connection with the parents. They watch the class live on TVs outside the room, and receive an explanation from the teacher on what was taught that day.
Not a number
At K&F, you’re not a number, but a valued employee and teacher. All managers are also teachers and understand what it’s like to be in the classroom.
A Typical Teaching Day
While each day is certainly different, we’ve tried to put together an idea of what a typical teaching day might look like. A teaching day will always have some amount of time for lesson planning, but some days may have much more time than others. As teachers get used to the ebb and flow, they usually find that certain days work nicely for planning several days worth of lessons.
10:00 - A bit of extra time at the start of your contract
For your first month or two, as you’re getting used to the environment, you’ll want to come in early!
12:45 - The start of the day
This is the normal time that we expect our teachers to arrive.
12:45 - 1:00 - School cleaning
All the staff work together to get the school ready for the day.
1:00 - 1:10 - 10 Minute Meeting for the Day
Quick staff meeting to remind what things are going on today.
1:10 - 2:00 - Lesson Planning
Look through the teaching manuals, write out your lesson plan and get advice from managers and other teachers.
2:00 - 2:50 - An afternoon adult class
Generally, retired adults can come at this time.
3:00 - 3:40 - Fun with kindergarteners
After the youngins get finished with their school day, they can head over to K&F for a fun lesson.
3:40 - 4:40 - Break time
Grab some lunch, a coffee, your tablet or a book. Go for a walk, or hang out in the staff break room. Our teachers have a built in hour for break time. Recharge for the day or get a breath of fresh air!
4:50 - 5:40 - Younger elementary students
Elementary school is out! Your elementary classes might start around this time.
5:40 - 6:30 - Lesson Planning
Extra times between classes can be used to plan lessons for the next day, or later in the week.
6:30 - 7:20 - Older elementary students
Older elementary school students might have a class around this time.
8:30 - 9:30 - High School or Adult students
Your final class of the day might have some high school, college or adults.
9:45 - Clean up and head home!
As your day winds down, help close down the school and clean up.
Takehara grew due to the manufacture of salt between the 17th and 20th centuries. It is a coastal town situated in beautiful mountains.
Takehara, also known as “Little Kyoto” is the site of the ancient manor containing Kyoto Shimogamo Shrine, a piece of the Heian period from the late 8th to late 12 century.Takehara Official Guidebook
One of the main draws to Takehara is its famous historic district. Tourists come from all over Japan to visit. Recently featured in the NHK drama “Massan,” Takehara has continued to grow in popularity.
Okunoshima (aka Rabbit Island)
Even with campsites, walking trails and places of historical interest, let’s be honest. People come because of the rabbits. In recent years, Okunoshima has become popular due to the internet. If you decide to go, be prepared for a line to buy tickets if you’re visiting on a weekend or national holiday!
This is a great place to bring family and friends that come to visit you.
Teaching at K&F
K&F is seeking a special individual to join our teaching staff: an individual who is not only a friendly and effective English instructor, but is also interesting and a talented individual who now wants to offer an energetic contribution to a dynamic western owned organization.
K&F has two thriving language schools located in picturesque Takehara and Mihara, cities in western Japan, bounded by mountains and the sea. Although the major city attractions (and great historical interest) of Hiroshima are just an hour away, Takehara and Mihara themselves are mid-size cities and so offer all the personal challenges and rewards of an “immersion experience” in traditional Japan. K&F has for the past twenty years maintained two language schools with lively and creative educational programs, teaching small classes for a range of ages (from small children to adults) as well as organizing some occasional extracurricular activities (Halloween & Xmas parties, barbecues, etc.) for schools, companies and community participants.
We are seeking:
- A full time, down-to-earth English Instructor interested in possible management opportunities in the future.
- Someone who has at least a BA or higher
- A mature, independent person with creativity, charisma, enthusiasm and initiative
- Someone who loves teaching children and adults.
- A person experienced and passionate about teaching children of all ages and adults
- Someone emotionally prepared for an immersion-type experience willing to make a firm commitment of at least 18 months
The position begins in August 2017, and the initial appointment is for 18 months. Salary of ￥255,000. In addition, K&F maintains a competitive remuneration package including a furnished apartment at ￥48,000 a month, over one week vacation during Spring and Summer and over two weeks paid vacation during Christmas, visa sponsorship provided, and an western owned and managed school.
- A furnished apartment at (￥48,000 a month)
- More than 5 weeks of paid vacation per year
- Visa sponsorship to live in Japan
- An 18-month contract (to insure a more mature, committed individual)
- A team-approach to teaching to insure quality English lessons
Frequently Asked Questions
General Life in Japan Questions
Working at K&F Questions
Vacations after the training period are all fully paid. This includes all 5 weeks of vacation during the year.