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Interac teachers enrich the lives of hundreds of thousands of school children every year by delivering interactive and exciting English lessons. Commonly known as ALTs, which stands for assistant language teacher, Interac’s teachers, working in the Japanese school system, enrich children’s lives by sharing their knowledge of English and communication skills and giving insights into other cultures.

Founded in 1972, Interac is Japan’s largest private provider of professional foreign teachers to the Japanese government through its ALT program. Interac is also a significant player in providing professional teachers for commercial and government organizations.

Interac is one of the largest non-government employers of foreign nationals in Japan. It employs nearly 3,000 staff in Japan across a network of 13 offices. Around 2,750 of these employees are non-Japanese.

As an ALT at Interac, you will work in elementary, junior high, and high schools throughout Japan. These are our clients. Your job is two-fold: language instructor and cultural ambassador. These two aspects are inseparable, and you, as a successful Interac ALT, will become an expert in both.

You can expect to teach classes on your own, with a Japanese teacher present to help manage the classroom. Although there are three types of Japanese schools, you can reasonably expect to teach in at least two. The most common situation is as an ALT in elementary and junior high schools, with a majority of your time teaching spent at the junior high school level.

“ALT” is a title coined by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to describe native-level speakers of English working in Japanese classrooms. With rare exception, as an Interac ALT, you are not a member of the schools’ staff but an employee of Interac, and therefore, you work under the guidance of Interac.

Thousands of professional men and woman like you have taken up the opportunity to be an Interac ALT. No matter the stage of life, Interac ALTs are flexible, open-minded, and have an incredible sense of adventure. They come from a variety of backgrounds and countries. The largest segments of ALTs are those who originate from North America, followed by Europe, Asia, and Oceania.

As of July 2014, 66% of Interac ALTs are male, compared with 34% female. This is a reflection on the number mix of applications we receive. We wholeheartedly encourage and welcome more females applicants. It is our understanding that this gender mix is reflective of the labor force for foreign language education in much of Asia, including retail language schools. The average age of an Interac ALT is 33.4. The average length of service is 2.6 years, and currently our longest serving teacher has been with us for 25 years.

There is a trend that ALTs who apply and join Interac from outside Japan are in their early twenties and have recently graduated from university. In comparison, those applying from within Japan tend to be a little older and have some teaching experience. Others join Interac from around the world after a few years of experience in another vocation. These other vocations include law enforcement, education, healthcare, advertising, sales, finance, and military.

 
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