Tutor in Japanese
University of Warwick, School of Modern Languages and Cultures
United Kingdom

Tutor in Japanese 


Teaching Only
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
£25,728 - £28,936 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Vacancy Overview
Fixed Term Position 

10 months fixed-term: 1 September 2018 – 30 June 2019. 

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick invites applications for the post of Language Tutor in Japanese from 1st September 2018. 

This is a fixed term post to cover maternity leave. We are looking for enthusiastic, innovative colleagues to join our friendly department, from the academic year 2018-19. You will be responsible for the teaching of Japanese language across all levels of our programmes. You will have previous experience of teaching at higher education level and native or near-native fluency in both English and Japanese. 

Informal enquiries: Katsuko Nagata, k.nagata@warwick.ac.uk or Evan Stewart, Director of the Language Centre, evan.stewart@warwick.ac.uk
Job Description


To teach Japanese modules and courses offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. 


Teaching, learning and assessment 

• Teach Japanese language effectively at all levels 
• Deliver teaching informed by current research and development in language teaching and social, cultural and language developments in the Japanese-speaking world. 
• Set and mark assessment tests and examinations 
• Participate in collective work, such as proof-reading and exam-drafting process 
• Set, mark and provide feedback on classwork and homework learning tasks in a timely fashion 
• Support the learning of languages beyond the classroom, including the provision of office hours 
• Develop teaching/learning resources for the use of blended learning and make them available to students and staff. 
• Recommend and advise on Japanese learning/teaching including the selection of teaching and learning resources 

Teaching-related duties and administration 

• Assist with the co-ordination of Japanese language modules/courses and tutors. 
• Attend staff meeting and other language group meetings as required 
• Ensure module web pages and Moodle pages are up-to-date and accurate 
• Participate in the registration of students on to the various programmes 
• Respond to difficulties being experienced by students during the module 
• Monitor and report student absences and concerns, and take appropriate action 
• Contribute generally to the effective administration of the Language Centre’s academic and professional work 
• Contribute to course design, review and curriculum development on the various programmes offered by the School, including the introduction and implementation of innovative teaching. 
• Promote the teaching of language(s) and the other services of the Language Centre 
• Participate as necessary in the organisation and delivery of short language courses, recruitment and promotional events. 
• Participate in staff development and peer review of teaching. 


Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.


Essential Criteria 1
Language teaching experience in higher education. (a),(c),(d)
Essential Criteria 2
Excellent teaching skills in a relevant context. (a), (c), (d)
Essential Criteria 3
Native or near native command, spoken and written, of the language to be taught and of English. (a),(c),(d)
Essential Criteria 4
Undergraduate degree. (a)
Essential Criteria 5
Knowledge, understanding and experience of culture and society of relevant country or countries. (a),(c)
Essential Criteria 6
Experience in designing teaching and independent learning materials. (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 7
Ability to contribute to e-learning and blended learning development. (a),(b),(d)
Essential Criteria 8
Experience in language testing and setting of examinations. (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 9
Awareness of developments in language teaching and learning. (a),(b),(d)
Essential Criteria 10
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. (a),(c),(d)
Essential Criteria 11
Good organisational skills. (a),(c)
Essential Criteria 12
Flexibility and commitment to all work-related tasks. (a),(c)
Essential Criteria 13
Willingness to share ideas and accept advice, and work as a member of a busy international team. (a),(c)
Essential Criteria 14
Ability to be creative, to contribute ideas and see them through to completion. (a),(c),(d)
Desirable Criteria 1
Teaching Qualification (at least certificate). (a)
Desirable Criteria 2
Postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. language teaching methodology, e-learning, or cultural –related topic). (a),(c)

Further Particulars

This is an opportunity to gain a range of teaching and administrative experience within a supportive department, with students from a variety of backgrounds, devising your teaching and assessment materials within the scope of the agreed specifications. 

The ability to teach Japanese language at a variety of levels is a specific requirement of the post. For full-time posts there is a teaching commitment of up to 16 hours per week during academic terms. Full-time and part-time staff are expected to teach for a minimum of one evening per week, as well as occasional week-ends (e.g. open days). 

You will be involved in many aspects of departmental and School life, including participating in staff meetings, and contributing to schools' visits and open days. You will be familiar with the UK student experience and prepared to support our lively and engaged body of students both academically and as a personal tutor. 

Although the demands of the post mean that there is no formal research expectation, the postholder will be expected to have expertise and experience in language teaching methodology and pedagogy, assessment design, and the use of blended learning using a VLE. 

Candidates will be expected to do a 10 minute presentation (at the start of the interview) on how they engage students in their language classes and beyond the classroom. This will not be a sample lesson, but an explanation of their personal principles underlying best practice in the learning and teaching of Japanese. 

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC) in Warwick offers Japanese to non-specialists from across the university and also to language degree specialists, as a minor pathway. 


For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars. 

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website. 



Japanese provision currently fall into three main areas: 

1.Teaching languages to non-specialist undergraduate and postgraduate students as integral or option modules for credit within degree programmes 
2.Teaching languages to students on degree programmes offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures 
3.Lifelong Language Learning courses: Daytime and evening courses are offered to students, staff and the local community throughout the year. 

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.


Other Information
The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010. 

Right to work in the UK 

If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking sponsorship under Tier 2 of the UK points-based immigration system 
please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship under Tier 2. 

Closing Date

31 May 2018

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