Abroad ESL Teacher for Gaba
Summary(Review): Gaba specializes in adult professional English learners in a 1-to-1 lesson format. It has many various openings throughout Japan.
Job Overview for Abroad ESL Teacher:
Salary Per Month:
Late Afternoon (3pm-6pm)
High School & College Prep (age 15-18)
Adult (age 18+)
Job Details for Abroad ESL Teacher
Native North American
Native Australian/New Zealand
Native South Africa
Min Hours Per Week:
Abroad ESL Teacher Job Description
Teaching with Gaba means a professional work environment, motivated adult students, and a flexible schedule. Teach in a major metropolitan area in one of our 44 locations in the Kanto, Kansai, Kyushu, and Chubu regions (including Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Osaka), in a stylish Gaba Learning Studio with the ability to design your own flexible schedule. We foster an international environment with various options for certification and ongoing support. The learning studio environments are modern and professional.
As an Instructor, you will enjoy the following:
- 1-to-1 Student-focused teaching
- Motivated adult students
- Flexible schedule – build your schedule around your life
- Comfortable, modern, and businesslike working environment (see our site for videos!)
- Incentives available
- Career Opportunities Available
- 10+ Voluntary one-day workshops available for personal development
Gaba instructors are not employees but independent contractors. In essence, each instructor is his or her own business offering a service. Under this status – gyomu itaku as it is called in Japan – you decide the hours and days of the week you teach. Submit a schedule of as many lessons as you can comfortably teach factoring in your other commitments.
Upon deciding a schedule for the month, instructors submit their requested hours for publication on GabaWeb. Once posted, clients freely choose when, where, and with whom to study.
Gaba instructors teach a wide range of different schedules – a reflection of their diversity. Many instructors choose a Gaba schedule to fit around other obligations. For example, instructors enrolled in Japanese language school Monday to Friday might decide to teach at Gaba after classes two or three evenings a week and all day either Saturday or Sunday.
Need a vacation? There is no vacation request process. An instructor planning to take a break simply doesn’t submit a schedule for that period. Get away for a week, three weeks, a month… we only ask that you tell us beforehand.
Opening Hours and Peak Times
Gaba’s Learning Studios are open early and close late. Weekend hours are shorter but often the busiest days of the week.
Weekday hours: 7:00am – 9:55pm
Weekend hours: 8:30am – 8:30pm
*NOTE: Opening times in some Learning Studios vary slightly from the above
As our clients are working adults for the most part, they tend to study with us outside of standard office hours – we get busy on weekdays in the morning and evenings before or after work, and then all day at the weekends. In recognition of this fact, we designate specific times as “peak lessons”, where demand for Instructors is higher. Lessons made available during these times have a much greater chance of being booked by a client. In addition to higher booking rates, Gaba offers incentives designed around the peak time, for example the “belt” system and the “Peak Numbers Taught” (PNT) Incentive.
Weekday mornings – 7:00am – 9:15am (where available)
Weekday evenings – 5:30pm – 9:55pm
Weekends and holidays – all day (all lesson slots)
Abroad ESL Teacher Job Requirements
We are seeking enthusiastic and unique individuals who possess the following to experience living and teaching in Japan with Gaba:
- Solid people skills
- Native-level English (all nationalities considered)
- Ability to work independently
- Desire to live and work in Japan
- TEFL/ TESOL certification or ESL experience preferred
Abroad ESL Teacher Salary and Compensation
THE BELT SYSTEM
Gaba has eight lesson rates or “Belt” levels to recognize professionalism and quality. Moving up beyond the entry level rate is a matter of merit, not tenure. There are minimum performance requirements for each level and meeting them gives the instructor the potential to “Belt Up”. Criteria include lesson quality as judged by the clients, performance as gauged by studio staff, and voluntary participation in Developmental Certification. Each month, eligible instructors are reviewed and the top performing among them will be teaching at a higher pay rate to start the next month.
As of January 2017, nearly 60% of Instructors have moved beyond the starting belt level.
How to Apply to Abroad ESL Teacher?
Company Information for Gaba
Gaba is Japan’s premier provider of one-to-one English instruction. Our Learning Studios set the standard by which English language learning is measured.
Numerous companies in Japan provide English conversation lessons. What makes Gaba unique is that all teaching is done one-to-one. This approach allows for customization of the lessons and ensures steady progress towards each client’s English language goals.
Gaba’s service is only as strong as the people providing it. What makes teaching in Japan with Gaba such a positive experience are the motivated clients, supportive staff and enthusiastic instructors.
Gaba is a business and as such, we are dedicated to ensuring the satisfaction of all our clients. Teaching as a service might be a foreign concept to some, but it is a well established practice in Japan.