LANSCA Teacher in Japan Program

Los Angeles-Nagoya Sister City Affiliation

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LANSCA ANNOUNCES A  JOB  OPPORTUNITY
(LIMITED TO TEACHERS IN THE LAUSD ONLY)

                                                                                                                       
POSITION: Teacher of English for TWO YEARS at Meito High School, Nagoya, as part of its special English program with international emphasis. Summer 2018 - Summer 2020.

LOCATION: Nagoya, the fourth largest city in Japan, which lies between Tokyo and Osaka.

SALARY: Approximately ¥6,045,000 a year (about $54,000 based on November 2017 exchange rates,) tax-free in most cases if the participant files forms with the IRS. 
Please consult current conversion rates. Health insurance also provided. This salary allows for a comfortable lifestyle in Japan.

HOUSING: Apartment near school, with some furnishings, for (approximately) $700/month rent including utilities, paid by teacher. The two-bedroom apartment is small by US standards, but quite comfortable and near bus lines and supermarkets. Pets are not allowed. Regarding furnishings:
While some large pieces of furniture and major appliances are provided by the City of Nagoya, other furnishings, small appliances, and household necessities like dishes and towels have been purchased by former LANSCA teachers. Accordingly, each new teacher pays a consideration for the furnishings to the former occupant of $1,500. This covers not only the apartment's contents, but pays for anything the former occupant has replaced due to wear and tear (e.g., a microwave oven, a clothes iron, a blender, a frying pan, etc.)

DUTIES: Teaching oral expression skills and some writing (in English); creating curricula appropriate for Japanese English students at the high school level; collaborating and coordinating with an American colleague; regular department/faculty meetings; some other (minor) administrative and supervisory duties;  Monday - Friday, 8:00 – 5:00.

CONTRACT: Beginning on August 1, 2019, while on Personal Leave from LAUSD, return rights to LAUSD at end of assignment on July 31, 2021.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2019. Applications available now. Please contact us before submitting an application. (Email address and phone numbers below.) Interviews will be held in early March of 2019. Applications will be available starting October 2018.

LANGUAGE: While helpful, no knowledge of Japanese is required.

COSTS: There are inevitable costs when setting up a household, especially in a foreign country. We suggest that participants plan to spend from $1500 - $2000 for this purpose. Most of this amount goes toward purchasing furniture, small appliances and household goods from the outgoing teacher, and is recouped when selling these items upon departure.

REQUIREMENTS- APPLICANTS MUST:
  • Have taught ESL/EFL, foreign language, English or have experience teaching in “sheltered” English at the secondary level (Middle or Senior High) for a minimum of three years.
  • Have a current California teaching credential and permanent status with the LAUSD.
  • Offer proof of a good teaching record and commitment to collegiality (in letters of recommendation.)
  • Complete a telephone interview with a former program participant  to receive application materials. (Telephone numbers are given below and at the end of the following article.)
  • Submit a completed application form, personal statement (including reason for applying) and references from current principal and one supervisor.
  • Participate in an in-person interview for finalists to be held in early March, 2019.
  • Submit college transcripts, copy of credentials and passport photo at the interview.
  • Be able to arrive in Japan for orientation by July 25, 2019. (Air ticket reimbursed after arrival.)
ADDITIONAL ACCOMPANYING FAMILY MEMBERS: The Nagoya School Board reimburses for one economy air ticket from Los Angeles to Nagoya at the beginning of the contract, and one economy air ticket from Nagoya to Los Angeles at its end. Participants are responsible for the costs of transportation for family members to and from Nagoya. Once in Japan, spouses and children are covered under the participant's health insurance. Visa regulations may not allow spouses to work in Japan. Prospective applicants with school-age children should be aware that it is difficult to place children in Japanese schools as they will arrive mid-school year, and proficiency in Japanese is expected. Moreover, Japanese schools do not have support systems in place for non Japanese-speaking parents and children in the way that LAUSD has for English Learners. All school communications and documents are in Japanese, adding additional difficulty. (While the staff at Meito High School provide LANSCA teachers with some orientation and general assistance, they are not available to help with matters pertaining to the school enrollment of the children of program participants.) Nagoya International School, where English is the medium of instruction, is an excellent school, but quite distant and very expensive. There are other English schools in Nagoya as well.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Telephone:
Joan at (323) 290-2175, Joyce at (310) 595-8944 or Ron at (323) 600-4778.  Please call during the late afternoon or early evening, and include your phone number if you leave a voicemail.
Email: LANSCATeacher@gmail.com

From an article that appeared in the United Teacher:

LAUSD TEACHER IN JAPAN FOUND CHALLENGES AND REWARDS
by Randy Grant,  Teacher of ESL, Fairfax HS

After eight years as a classroom teacher of ESL, I needed some kind of break, something to freshen my perspectives and challenge me in new ways.  I needed something that would appeal to my interest in other cultures and languages while at the same time giving me credit for my professional experience.  And I didn't want to sacrifice a regular full paycheck.  Fortunately, I was actually able to find just the thing: The Los Angeles/Nagoya Sister City Affiliation (LANSCA) Teacher in Japan Program.  This small program under the joint auspices of our district and LANSCA, sends one LAUSD teacher each year to a public high school in Japan's fourth largest city for a two-year stint.  The challenges and the rewards I met with were both greater than I had anticipated, but so was the personal and professional growth they stimulated.  In short, participation in this program was probably the best experience in my life. 
 
Exchange teachers are sent to Meito (meaning "East Nagoya") Senior High School.  Opened in 1984, it is something similar to one of our magnet schools in that it is dedicated to the teaching of English and International Relations, along with the standard required Japanese curriculum for high school.  The school has about 1100 students in grades 10-12.  Virtually all of my students had studied several years of English, yet most, despite their enthusiasm, were unable to carry on even a basic conversation.  Thus, my job as one of the American teachers was to provide classroom experiences for developing fluency and oral expression skills.  Teaching about American culture and values was another important task, one which I particularly enjoyed as my daily contacts with Japanese culture challenged many of my notions about America.  Moreover, since most Japanese have had  little or no personal experience with foreigners, the mere contact with Americans on a day-in, day-out basis is very gratifying for both the students and the staff.  (I had never felt myself to be so exotic and special!)  I have to note though, that this situation has its occasional downside too:  it is tiring to be in a fishbowl, to constantly be "an ambassador."

LAUSD teachers who join this program are hired by the Nagoya City Board of Education and take a two year leave (one year at a time) from LAUSD.  Teachers with "permanent" status have return rights to the district.  Meito High School maintains two American teachers on the staff during any year.  One teacher is currently sought for the 2018-2020 cycle.  The school finds a nearby Japanese-style (i.e. small) apartment with a reasonable rent for each teacher and provides some of the furnishings.  The school also offers complete medical and dental benefits as well as reimbursement for the first flight to Nagoya and the final one home at the end of the two years.  The salary, at slightly over six million yen annually (possibly tax-free depending on papers filed with the IRS), is comparable to most teacher salaries here. The cost of living in Japan is higher in some ways (food, for example,) but lower in others.  The salary is certainly more than enough  to maintain a comfortable lifestyle in Japan.
Participating LAUSD teachers are granted two one-year leaves of absence from the district. As such, they do not advance on the salary scale during their time in Nagoya. Similarly, participants do not contribute to CALSTRS during their two years in Japan and should consult CALSTRS regarding the purchase of “service credit” (if available) for those two years, if desired.

Teachers must be at the school from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.  There are also a few (very rare) weekend activities.  American teachers teach a wide variety of English classes, but the high number of preps is balanced by lots of extra time for planning, grading and conferencing.  My teaching load was 17 hours a week.  There are other responsibilities such as joining in supervision of the daily school clean-up. (There are no custodians in Japanese schools; the students do the cleaning!)  The American teachers develop their own curricula, and choose textbooks and materials, so experience in building a curriculum is important. Incoming exchange teachers arrive with the safety net of being able to pick up where their predecessors left off and, once they gain experience, the chance to make their own additions to the curriculum.  Individual English classes are split between two American teachers, which necessitates a high level of teamwork on their part.  Working constantly and intimately with another American teacher at the same time as both experience the joys and frustrations of adjusting to another culture is, to say the least, intense.  Therefore, along with a solid teaching background (preferably in ESL/ELD,) one of the main requirements for the position is the ability to compromise and work with others while under pressure.

My two years at Meito High School changed my ideas about Japan and the Japanese, taught me a new language and culture, improved my teaching, challenged my notions about US culture and what it means to be an American, and won me many new friends.  Permanent LAUSD secondary teachers with experience in ESL/ELD, foreign language or "sheltering," who are interested in the kind of opportunities provided by this unique position and can present excellent recommendations regarding teaching experience and collegiality should contact one of the following former participants: 
Joan at (323) 290-2175, Joyce at (310) 595-8944 or Ron at (323) 600-4778.  Please call during the late afternoon or early evening, and include your phone number if you leave a voicemail.   The program can also be reached via the internet at LANSCATeacher@gmail.com.