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Serve As An Assistant Language Teacher

The information below is for the 2012-13 school year. Information for the 2013-14 school year will be available in late November/early December 2012.

WHAT: The Chiba Prefectural Board of Education is looking for Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) to assist with English instruction in junior and in senior high schools in Chiba.

Representatives from Wisconsin serve as ALTs for one year as part of the Chiba-Wisconsin Sister State partnership in a salaried position, including assistance with housing, transportation, and health insurance.

WHERE: Chiba, Wisconsin's Sister State, is located directly east of Tokyo. It's location on Tokyo Bay makes it one of Japan's primary industrial centers and home to one of its busiest trading ports. Agriculture also thrives in this region of Japan, known for vegetables, peanuts, and seaweed harvests. Tokyo Disneyland, located in Chiba, hosts travelers from Japan and around the world. Chiba's rich cultural heritage and varied landscape give visitors a window on the diversity in Japan.

WHO: Positions are open to any Wisconsin resident or university graduate who holds a bachelor degree or will have such a degree by May 31, 2012.

Applicants are not required to have teaching certificates or teaching experience, but should be eager to serve as a native-speaking assistant to a Japanese teacher of English.

WHEN: The one-year contract with the Chiba Prefectural Board of Education begins August 9, 2012, and ends August 8, 2013. Renewal of the contract for up to five years may be possible.


  • The contracted salary is 3,600,000 yen per year. After deductions for taxes, pension, health insurance, etc., the take-home salary varies from approximately 251,000 to 286,000 yen per month.
  • Full health and dental coverage are included in the compensation package.
  • The Chiba Board of Education covers roundtrip airfare.
  • The contracting organization in Chiba will assist with finding appropriate housing. Rent will be paid by the ALT. In some circumstances, a housing subsidy may be granted.

BACKGROUND: Japanese students begin English instruction in seventh grade and continue studying English through junior and senior high school. The country has hired thousands of native English speakers from the United States, England, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries to serve as ALTs. Japan is continually striving to provide higher levels of English education for its students and employees and has devoted much time to inservice training and innovative curriculum design to improve English education.

Application materials for the 2013-14 school year will be posted in late November/early December 2012.

For questions about this information, contact Gerhard Fischer (608) 267-9265.