Teaching University

Duties

Every day on campus, the Westgate Instructor is a representative of the corporation, and is expected to consistently promote a fun, safe, and friendly environment for all students.

Curriculum

The Westgate University Program primarily focuses on helping students develop strong oral communication skills in English. The curriculum has been carefully designed to accommodate both the long- and short-term goals of university students in Japan. In the long term, students are likely to need a certain level of English proficiency to function in the workplace and advance their careers; in the short term, students can expand their social network, prepare for travel abroad, boost their test scores, or simply have fun.


Westgate teaching methods are up to date with the latest innovations in the field of teaching English as a Foreign Language. Instructors use communication-based lessons and a variety of methodologies in a comfortable, learner-centered classroom environment. Students are given ample occasions for speaking practice and, as a result, are able to develop more confidence in their ability to communicate in English.

Classes/Lessons

Extracurricular ProgramAccredited Program
Teaching 5-7 x 40-min classes per day requiring 1-2 separate lesson plansTeaching 5-7 x 40-/45-min classes or 2-3 x 90-min classes per day requiring 1-4 separate lesson plans
1 or 2 "English Challenge" sessions (40-minute sessions where students practice "free conversation," ask specific questions, or study special topics) Some accredited programs also include "English Challenge" or a similar "free conversation" session

Class Size

Extracurricular ProgramAccredited Program
Up to 12 studentsVaries from campus to campus
Small size: 10-15 students
Medium size: 15-20 students
Large size: 20-40 students

Paperwork

  • Keeping accurate records such as lesson plans, feedback, and attendance
  • Taking notes on each student's performance on an ongoing basis
  • Writing final student evaluations at the end of the term
  • Writing instructor report at the end of the term
  • Conducting and grading exams/quizzes (some accredited courses only)

Meetings

  • Participating actively in all meetings and discussions such as the weekly curriculum meeting with fellow instructors
  • Attending instructor training, orientation, seminars and workshops as requested by Westgate
  • Attending meetings with university professors and/or administrative staff members (some accredited courses only)

Others

  • Thoroughly preparing for each day's lessons
  • Conversing with students outside of class
  • Being observed and/or having lessons videotaped as occasion demands and when requested
  • Conducting sample lessons at various schools/client sites when needed
  • Conducting peer observations if requested

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