Our ALTs are a part of elementary, junior high, and high school communities all across Japan.
In your schools, you’ll work with Japanese teachers to facilitate smooth presentation of the school’s assigned English curriculum. This may include preparing worksheets, model pronunciation and reading, demonstration of target language dialogs and similar tasks. In addition, ALTs are commonly asked to review and comment on students’ homework notebooks and other written work, as well as conducting one-to-one or small group progress assessments.
But the heart of the ALT position is so much more – aside from just being a language instructor you are also a cultural ambassador. Sharing your own background and culture becomes a canvas for using English and gives meaning to what your students are studying.
- Positions: starting year-round (Most in April)
- Working Hours: Weekdays between 8:00am and 5:00pm.
- Commuting expenses reimbursed
- Teaching Hours: Typically three to five 45-minute classes per day
- Salary: Between 2.4 – 2.7 million Yen per year
- Obon (summer), New Year’s holidays, national holidays, and paid leave
- Career Navigation Program: Professional and skills development program available to our instructors
“ALT” is a title coined by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to describe native-level speakers of English working in Japanese classrooms. As an Interac ALT, you are not a member of the schools’ staff but an employee of Interac, and therefore, you work under the guidance of Interac.
As an Interac ALT, you will most likely receive a gross annual salary of approximately ¥2.4 ~ ¥2.7 million per year. Interac pays salaries in equal monthly payments.
Under our Standard Compensation System, full-year contracts will usually run from April 1st to March 31st of the following year. Typically, the first and last months are not a full month of teaching, so your salary will be adjusted accordingly.
National income tax and employment insurance is automatically deducted each month from your salary. However, local residence taxes and health insurance are not deducted. Learn more about national income tax, employment insurance, residence tax, and health insurance in the respective sections below.
Your salary is deposited into your bank account on the 20th of the following month. For example, your April salary is paid on May 20th. When payday falls on a weekend or national holiday, the salary is deposited into the account on the preceding business day. Depending on the starting date, your first salary will be received approximately six to eight weeks after the start of employment.
Commuting Expenses and Allowances
National Income Tax
Income tax in Japan is determined by your status of residence, source of income, and total taxable income earned, and is less than 10% of your monthly salary. It will be automatically deducted from your salary on the basis of expected earnings.
For information regarding tax responsibilities in your home country while you are living and working in Japan, please check with the relevant tax authority for your home country.
All people living in Japan are required to be enrolled in a Japanese government approved health insurance program. In most cases, you will be enrolled in Japan’s National Health Insurance (NHI) system, to which you are responsible for enrolling in and making payment. NHI affords you comprehensive coverage in the event of illness or injury. In some cases, you may be required to be enrolled in Japan’s Social Insurance (SI) which has a slightly different structure and monthly premium than that of NHI. You will be notified of the details when you are offered your placement.