Berkeley House has been influencing the way language is taught in Japan since the founding of our language center and teaching method back in 1973. Today, more than 45 years later, Berkeley House is still dedicated to empowering our students through assuring they meet their language goals in high quality and engaging programs.
Berkeley House Language Center teachers have the unique responsibility of helping a variety of students who have high expectations for their language classes. We are looking for experienced teachers who know how to truly teach student centered classes and differentiate classroom instruction depending on the student. Depending on your position, as a teacher at Berkeley House, you will most likely teach a combination of students and types of classes, including;
•Junior High and High School students
•English camps for young language learners
•Communicative language teaching seminars for native Japanese speaking English language teachers
•College and university students (English language courses, culture courses, CLIL courses)
•College and university staff training seminars
•General English, Business English, and ESP 1-to-1 and group courses
•Business skills seminars (Presentations, Meetings, Email Writing, Telephone English, English for Socializing)
Because all of our teachers come to us with years of teaching experience and are professionals in the field of education, they appreciate the opportunity to use their insights to help students meet their individual language goals.
Berkeley House’s approach to teaching is based on our 45+ years in the field of language teaching, plus insights from our sister company, Berkeley Professionals, which specializes in business skills and global mindset courses. We have created a system that allows teachers to use their expertise and skills developed in the field, but also maintains consistency in regard to lesson planning and teaching techniques. Our teaching techniques address the unique background and needs of Japanese language learners by emphasizing the importance of language use in an authentic context and always making sure that the student is centered in the class.
It is vital that our students know that they are being taught by a Berkeley House teacher through the level of professionalism and lesson consistency displayed in the classroom.
We prioritize student-centered learning strategies, and then train our teachers to use our proven effective Berkeley House teaching techniques. This makes sure that the needs of the individual student are being considered, but students are also being supported in a way that is effective with Japanese language learners.
What is the Berkeley House Method? There are many different teaching styles but Berkeley House has found that the most effective method of teaching is the type where the students are given the opportunity to “see” English, not just being exposed to an instructor’s monologue or a dry text book.
At Berkeley House we try (especially for those who have yet to master all English grammar structures) to demonstrate grammar points and then give the students ample opportunity to practice using these structures under the watchful eye of the teacher. We strongly believe in giving the students as much speaking time as possible. Furthermore, we try to avoid the traditional method of teaching grammar where an instructor writes rules on the board and the students take notes. We encourage the students to actively participate in class through such activities as role plays.
One of the main strengths of Berkeley House Language Center, and clearly one if its attractive points, is the variety of instructors that work here. This variety comes in many forms. BHLC teaches more than 40 languages and as a result, BHLC teachers come from various countries and backgrounds. A unifying factor, however, is our teachers’ eagerness to teach others a foreign language and keep students passionate and motivated about language learning. Most of the teaching programs available at BHLC provide the student with the opportunity to meet several of these instructors, and thus enrich their learning experience.
Work at BHLC can be quite demanding at times for the instructors. They do not specialize in one particular type of course (say international business, flight attendant, high school) but rather are expected to be constantly broadening their skills by teaching different types of courses to a diverse array of students. In this manner, although demanding, teaching at BHLC can also be a rewarding, and hardly ever a monotonous or boring, endeavor.
An underlining goal at Berkeley House is to keep our teachers motivated and excited to be educators. We have a system of teacher led workshops and other development opportunities. We also have a promotion system in place to allow teachers who are interested to work their way up in the company and provide academic support to our programs.
From young language learners to adults, Berkeley House boasts an extensive range of unique programs and teaching materials designed to deliver language training for the real world. We specialize in creating customized education programs that may use standard textbooks or in-house materials. You will not be bored as a teacher at Berkeley House and will have the opportunity to utilize your teaching background and experiences to meet the unique needs of each student.
Although many classes are held around Tokyo and other neighboring prefectures, Berkeley House’s classroom building in Ichigaya offers our students the opportunity to take private or semi-private lessons in an atmosphere which promotes focused language study. As the students who take classes at our facilities are mostly business men and women, the decor and the atmosphere is formal and professional. The rooms tend to still be ‘cozy’ and each is equipped with a white board and a CD player. A video camera and monitor are available if your lesson plan includes video taping presentations. BHLC’s well-appointed classroom’s and facilities will make your teaching experience easier and more enjoyable.
Berkeley House Language Center was founded in April 1973 by the Hagiwara family based on their passion for language learning and the belief that communicating across cultures is a vital skill for Japanese people. Through learning another language, our students expand not only their communication ability, but gain another point of view and way of thinking. They gain confidence in their ability to speak to those from other cultures allowing them to exchange ideas and mindsets.
Our founders strongly believe that through language learning and the development of cross-cultural communication abilities, , we empower our students. The Berkeley House approach to language teaching meets the specific needs of Japanese students, supporting their development to be engaged global citizens.