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LECTURER IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING, Sojo University, Kumamoto City, Japan (10/16)

The position is based in the Sojo International Learning Center, a brand new facility consisting of blended learning classrooms, a self-access center, teachers’ offices, an event space and a café. There are excellent opportunities for research and professional development.

Job details: 

Job Description:
1) Teaching duties. Eight 90-minute classes per week during semester periods (total 30 weeks per year) as well as three hours per week in the center’s conversation lounge or skills practice areas.
2) Research and curriculum development. Lecturers are expected to contribute to systematic curriculum evaluation/renewal, as well as to participate in institutional research projects undertaken in the SILC.
3) Administrative. SILC lecturers are required to attend meetings, events and activities organized by the SILC and/or wider university, assist in administration of in-house tests and cooperate with the university’s PR section in the promotion of the university.
Members of the SILC are expected to be at the university for five working days per week during academic terms (typically from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm or 10.30 am to 6.30 pm).

Start of Appointment:
1st April 2017 (successful applicants are expected to be available for an orientation program commencing March 28th)

Essential attributes:
1) Masters level degree in TESOL, Applied Linguistics or closely related field
2) Two years relevant teaching experience, at secondary and/or post-secondary level
3) Able to plan and deliver consistently high quality lessons to students with diverse needs and abilities.
4) Interest in blended learning (experience of Moodle an advantage)
5) Clear evidence of practitioner research / scholarly engagement and strong commitment to continuing professional development
6) Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to foster and maintain productive working relationships with colleagues

1) ¥5,000,000 per year (with increases on contract renewal), commuting allowance, research allowance
2) Extensive support for research and professional development
3) Generous vacation periods

Applicants should submit the following documentation in pdf format via email:
1) The completed application form (English preferred), along with pdfs of listed publications. Note that both sections of the form (“CV” and “Achievements”) must be signed and dated.
The form can be downloaded from:
2) Details of three people prepared to act as referees (applicants will be informed before referees are contacted)
3) Cover letter highlighting your teaching philosophy and suitability for the post (maximum 500 words).
Selected candidates will be invited to initial interviews in early November via videoconferencing or in person depending on the applicant’s place of residence. Please note that additional documents may be requested as part of the selection process.

Mon, 2017-10-16
Contact details: 
Address correspondence to The Recruitment Committee, Sojo International Learning Center and submit all application materials in pdf format via email to
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