Aeon Japan - Amity Children's School

Aeon Japan - AmityAeon Japan - Amity

Many don't know it but Aeon Japan has a children's division called Amity. These guys deal with kids and only kids. So if you love the wee little ones this might be worth checking out.

And when we say "wee little" by no means are we kidding. They actually have pre-natal classes. These are English classes for expectant mothers. And following that they have classes from ZERO years of age to 6 months. 

The Amity Branch - a Bit More About Them

Being a spin off of Aeon Japan, their focus are children. They have roughly 85 locations with roughly 24,000 kids. These positions are for native English speakers. With college degrees. They recruit from both abroad and from Japan.

A Typical Teaching Day
Here's a run down on how a typical teaching day at  Amity goes. Firstly, in line with what teaching at English conversation schools has come to be,  the hours are long. Just letting you know.

  • A standard day "can be" from 10  or 11 a.m to 7 or 8 p.m. (We didn't write "can be" , it's from their site.
  •  This is followed by the culturally typical morning staff meeting.
  • Then you'll knock out 2 or 3 classes followed by a lunch break. (1 hour.)
  • Then expect another 3 classes or so until early evening. 
  • Then office work and cleaning up the classroom pretty much wraps up the day at around 8 p.m.

The Basics on What Amity offers

  • You'll be bringing home about 255,000 yen after taxes. 
  • The work week runs from Tuesday to Saturday and is fixed, so you can plan a bit of messing around and checking out Japanese culture etc. 
  • Like their big brother Aeon, expect an exclusivity clause - this means you can't, according to their contract work for others while you work for them.
  • The working contract is for 1 year.
  • They offer training where the departing teacher will observe the new teacher as he or she teaches the class.
  • Their curriculum is fixed so you don't have to come up with games or songs and stuff on your own.
  • Housing is provided (as Aeon also does but it's cheaper). Teachers will pay 45,000 yen per month and their utilities, while Amity will take care of the key money and dealing with the landlord.
  • Mandatory enrollment in Japan's social insurance system to the tune of 42,000 yen per month. They take this out of your salary automatically.
  • Bonuses, although the amount is not specified, for working over 32 classes per calendar month.

How the Orientation & Interview Goes
There will be a group  orientation of how the company operates. The group orientation can be quite large - as large as 30 or so applicants are typical.  Following that there is a video that gives further orientation on what to expect about Amity and life in Japan in general. 

There is also a short interview with a native English speaker just to make sure you can dot your i's and cross your t's.

You will also have to do a short lesson demonstration to the staff of your choice to the other participants  who are vying for the jobs and some Japanese staff.

Aeon Japan - Amity & Other Duties

  • Other duties which are fairly main is a heavy dose of interaction with parents to let them know how the kids are doing following lessons, what you taught  and what kind of homework you gave out. etc. Many teachers mention that this squeezes the teacher pretty tightly between lessons making it hectic and exhausting.
  •  Doing level checks for the children for placement within the curriculum. Submission of  student progress records are another part of the busy work part of the job. 
  • Throw in a dose of a few business meetings (given in Japanese of course) and this pretty much rounds out what goes down on this gig.

Related Pages and Some of the Most Common eikaiwas are:

  • ECC- One of the bigger schools. 171 branches that employs over 600 ESL teachers in Japan. Also does well in the ESL forums in terms of few complaints.
  • Aeon - A monster of a school. 320 branches all over Japan with around 100,000 students under their belt. They focus on adults.
  • ALT - The basics on on being an ESL English teacher in the public sector.
  • The Jet Program - Another ALT program. Participating  countries. do's and don'ts especially considering the application procedure.
  • More on The Jet Program - Working conditions, salary, employment locations, health insurance etc.
  • Nova - The basics on working conditions, accommodations and visas / sponsorship.
  • Salary comparison chart for large English schools in Japan. 

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