Title: Faculty Instructor, Japanese Language
Program: CET Academic Programs, Osaka, Japan
(Osaka Gakuin University)
Reports To: Academic Director
Appointment: Beginning January 2022, June 2022, or
CET Academic Programs is a study abroad organization that has
been developing and operating innovative educational programs
abroad since 1982. Originally “China Educational Tours,” CET began
operations in Beijing, later expanding to other locations around
the world. Today, CET offers a varied portfolio of semester,
summer, and customized programs around the world for college, high
school, and gap year students.
CET is known for strong academics, professional program
management, a nimble and collaborative approach to partnerships,
and supportive student services. Through elements such as
field-based course components, internships, and housing with local
roommates, CET strives to integrate students into the local
community and facilitate lasting relationships with hosts. Through
its commitment to equity and inclusion, CET seeks and encourages
the participation of students from diverse backgrounds and strives
to create program environments that foster critical thinking and an
appreciation of difference. And as an environmentally conscientious
organization, CET aims to adopt sustainable measures across its
CET Japan offers various Japanese language classes from
elementary through advanced levels during winter, spring, summer,
and fall semesters both virtually and at Osaka Gakuin University.
The CET teaching method aims to enhance students’ Japanese language
communication skills in a short period, while learning Japanese
culture and society in class and through field-based language
activities. CET Japan students receive an official transcript
jointly issued by CET and Osaka Gakuin University at the end of the
term. Students also have the option to request a School of Record
transcript from the University of Minnesota.
CET Japan students are very highly motivated learners interested
in a term packed with language progress. With an intensive
curriculum, commitment to a language pledge, and housing with a
local Japanese roommate, language isn’t just in the classroom in
Osaka—it’s in everything they do.
Course faculty are expected to take full ownership of their
course, with direction from the program’s Academic Director as
needed. Faculty are expected to deliver the course according to the
highest academic standards, to provide a stimulating and inclusive
intellectual environment, and to adhere to CET’s academic policies.
In addition – and importantly, given that this is a study abroad
program – faculty are asked to make concrete connections between
the academic content of the course and Japan as context. This is a
primary academic goal for CET as an organization, and a central
metric around which course feedback is designed.
About the Course
Course faculty teach Beginning, Intermediate, Pre-Advanced,
Advanced, and/or Advanced High Japanese Courses. Each course
integrates the study of both formal and informal, written and
spoken language, through listening, speaking, and reading
exercises. The focus is on communicative competence and the
completion of tasks, both in the classroom and the surrounding
environment, involving interactions with native speakers of
CET has the following expectations of faculty:
• Prepare term-specific syllabi for distribution on the first
day of class that adheres broadly to the course’s syllabus of
record and provides greater detail on class meetings, topics,
readings, assignments, grading criteria, and activities.
• Include within the course field-based components that take
academic learning outside the classroom and highlights the goals of
communicative competence and promotes students’ critical thinking.
Attach readings and assignments to those activities, accompany
students on each of them, and incorporate them into classroom
lectures and discussions.
• Devote a significant amount of time beyond class meetings to
the preparation of lesson plans and assessments, student-centered
learning activities, creative and engaging assignments, guest
lectures, and field-based components.
• Participate in a one-time faculty orientation seminar at the
beginning of the semester, led by the Academic Director. Cooperate
with other faculty as needed to ensure consistency and coordination
across the program curriculum.
- Ensure that class time brings together and explores connections
between the course content and the local, national, and regional
- Introduce content through the method of the communicative
approach. Strive to engage students with thought-provoking
questions and opportunities for critical analysis of course
- Reliably attend all class meetings, beginning and ending the
class on time. If faculty cannot teach on a given day, they must
give the Academic Director prior notice and arrange for a make-up
- If/as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, be willing to teach
remotely and migrate the course to Canvas should local conditions
preclude in-person instruction. This may include recording of
lectures should individual students require a two-week quarantine
- Maintain a strong commitment to academic excellence and an
attitude of flexibility, open-mindedness, and willingness to both
receive and provide constructive feedback in the spirit of
- Commit to CET program goals and work collaboratively with the
Academic Director to ensure that course learning outcomes are
designed to achieve them.
- Meet with the Academic Director each term review evaluations
and discuss any improvements to the course.
- Allow the Academic Director, site visitors, and assessment
teams to observe the class in session.
- Grade fairly and consistently, return graded material to
students in a timely manner, and offer students written and/or
verbal feedback on their assignments and performance through the
duration of the course.
- Maintain set examination times and course due dates, and submit
final grades within two weeks of the last class.
- Coordinate compilation of all end-of-term grades for
Policies & Administration
- Uphold CET’s code of academic integrity, best practices in
research ethics, and other academic policies.
- Diligently track student attendance and share with onsite
- Support the Academic Director with creation of additional
academic documents and teaching materials, coordinating field-based
course components, and other tasks as needed.
- Ensure courses are set-up in Canvas, support faculty with
- Accommodate students with documented medical conditions and/or
learning disabilities in consultation with the Academic Director
and in keeping with CET policies.
- Support the academic and intellectual growth of all students,
regardless of race, ethnicity, physical status, religion, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, economic status, or
other identifying characteristics.
- Be available for consultation outside of classroom hours,
whether by regular office hours or electronic communication, as
designated with the Academic Director prior to the start of the
term, and as delineated in the term syllabus.
- Treat all students (as well as staff and other faculty) with
respect and understanding.
CET faculty must hold an advanced degree or training in Japanese
language, foreign language pedagogy, or related field, have at
least one year teaching experience preferably with U.S.
undergraduates, and native or near-native Japanese language
The candidate must have demonstrated excellence in communicative
approach to teaching for beginner to advanced classes, including
skill-based language classes at the university or college
Beyond what we require of our faculty, however, we hope that
those who teach for us bring a sincere commitment to the enterprise
of international education, to developing in our students critical
thinking, intellectual sophistication, and communication skills,
and to instilling in them a strong and lasting engagement both with
the intellectual content of the course, and with the program
location to which it is intimately connected.
Interested candidates should submit the following application
materials (either in English or in Japanese):
- A cover letter, including a description of teaching experience
and your philosophy on teaching Japanese as a foreign language, and
thoughts on how you can contribute to CET Japan.
- A Curriculum Vitae.
- A list of Japanese teaching experience including the name of
institutions, courses, levels, textbooks, teaching
- Copies of three teaching plans of different language
- Names and contact information for three professional
- A video of the applicant teaching by URL Link
All materials should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org