Overview of the ALTIA CENTRAL ALT Position
The position you are considering applying for is a full-time Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) position in public junior high schools, elementary schools and even kindergartens in certain areas. Also, in a few of the more rural areas which may not have local English conversation schools, the opportunity to teach community classes, usually for adults, in these areas is also possible.
ALTIA CENTRAL ALTs work in one town or city, teaching at 1 or more schools and of course different grades and possibly age groups as well. It's hard to average it out exactly, but an ALT typically works at between 2 and 5 schools. We do have many positions where the ALT teaches at only 1 school, 5 days per week, but there are also some positions where the ALT visits up to 10 or 12 schools over the course of the year. Roughly 1/3 of our ALTs work in JHS only positions, 1/3 in ES only positions, and the remaining 1/3 work in MIXED positions at some combination of both levels.
The general ALT workweek consists of up to 25 classes per week, scheduled between the hours of 8:00 am and 5 pm though typically the start of the day is not before 8:30 am and finishes no later than 4:30 pm. Many ALTs are present at their host institutions a bit longer than this for the purpose of building the working relationship with the other Japanese teachers and for time to associate with the students outside of the class through things like joining them during their club activities. The classes themselves are 45 minutes long in Elementary school, and 50 minutes in Junior High school, with maybe 3, 4 or 5 lessons in an average day.
ALTIA CENTRAL ALTs are also required to attend scheduled Follow-Up Training and Professional Development Events arranged by ALTIA CENTRAL which occur at various times throughout the school year. These high quality events are scheduled well in advance with plenty of notice and deal with the further development of teachers, teaching ideas and teaching methods. They also serve as a chance to get together with other ALTs to share success stories, discuss problems and get advice and very importantly give you more chance to meet again with your supervisor and other company staff face to face in a professional and comfortable environment.