Teaching University

About the Program

- International Career English Program

Westgate Corporation, founded in 1983, continues today to play a major role in English language instruction at the university level in Japan. Our students are provided with the opportunity to enhance their communication skills in English, to participate in a rewarding cultural exchange by gaining a wider understanding of other cultures, thereby broadening their perspectives of the world at large. Our university program, officially named the International Career English Program, aims to prepare Japanese university students for on-the-job success. The university program features two main types of courses: extra-curricular and accredited.

Extra-Curricular Courses

In the extra-curricular courses, instructors teach small classes of students five days a week in an intensive course that the university students have specifically signed up and paid for in addition to their regular university classes. Curriculum, including textbooks and daily lesson plans, is provided by Westgate. Instructors are required to follow the curriculum, but are also encouraged to use their creativity and imagination to give the students a rewarding learning experience. The focus is primarily on the students improving their oral communication skills.

Contract Periods
StartingEndingContract Length
Spring Termlate April/early Maylate July3 months
Fall Termmid-/late Septemberlate December3 months

Accredited Courses

In the accredited courses, instructors teach credit-bearing classes. A lot of these classes are mandatory for the students, although there are also some elective classes taught at some of the campuses. The finer details such as class size, lesson length and the textbooks used vary from campus to campus. In most accredited classes there is still an emphasis on oral communication, although some courses might include work on other areas such as reading and writing. We also provide an English teacher education program for students who are studying to become teachers.

Contract Periods
StartingEndingContract Length
Spring Termlate March/early Aprillate July3-5 months
Fall Termearly/mid- Septemberlate December/late January3-5 months
* Contract period depends on the position offered.
* Some positions ending in early August (spring term) or early February (fall term) may be available.


  • University graduate with a bachelor's and/or more advanced degree and one of the following:
    1. actual EFL/ESL classroom teaching experience along with EFL/ESL teaching certificate and/or elementary/primary/secondary teaching credentials/qualifications
    2. 1000+ hours of actual EFL/ESL classroom teaching experience in lieu of teaching certificate or credentials/qualifications
* No Japanese language ability is required.
* Non-EFL/ESL teaching experience could be considered.

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