Aeon Japan - Amity Children's School
Aeon Japan - Amity Children's School
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. (No pun intended.) 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, the adult division, Amity focuses on 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.
Aeon Japan - Amity The Orientation & Interview Process
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 but it all begins with filling out their on-line application. Their official site link here.
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 the Most Common eikaiwas are...
- Work Abroad as an ALT - The basics on on being an ESL English teacher in the public sector.
- 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.
- The JET Program - Another ALT program. Participating countries. do's and don'ts especially considering the application procedure.
- The basics on the Jet Program - Working conditions, salary, employment locations, health insurance etc.
- The JET Programme - What kinds of interview questions they ask.
- Nova - The basics on working conditions, accommodations and visas / sponsorship.
- Salary comparison chart for large English schools in Japan.
- Peppy Kids Club - Focuses purely on children. Huge school with a presence in every prefecture except Okinawa.
- TEFL Program - Online vs onsite programs. The pros and cons are discussed. Find out which is best for you.
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