Expert in Teaching Japanese to Speakers of Other Languages

Title: Expert in Teaching Japanese to Speakers of Other Languages (Pedagogy) (Remote)

Location: worldwide


Our mission at Duolingo is to develop the best education in the world and make it universally available. But we’ve got more left to do — and that’s where you come in!

We are looking for a Japanese expert who has strong working proficiency in both Japanese and English and experience teaching Japanese to speakers of other languages, as well as experience developing language learning curricula.

This is a temporary freelance position (no benefits included). All work will be conducted remotely and hours are flexible.

You Will…

  • Use your pedagogical expertise to develop the curriculum and creative course content for an online Japanese course that is aligned with language standards.
  • Write pedagogical instructions for use in AI-powered content generation, in collaboration with Duolingo’s full-time AI content generation experts.
  • Evaluate AI-generated content to ensure that content is engaging and meets our pedagogical quality bar.
  • Leverage AI curriculum suggestions for creativity and humor to ensure that course material is fun and engaging.
  • Help define project details, set timeframes, and coordinate project activities.

You Have…

  • Full professional proficiency in Japanese
  • MA in Japanese, East Asian Studies, Second Language Acquisition, Linguistics, or a related field, or certificate and equivalent experience
  • Experience teaching Japanese as a second/foreign language
  • Experience creating language learning material/curricula
  • Basic computer skills (Google docs, spreadsheets)
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills
  • Strong working proficiency in English
  • Ability to work at least 20 hours a week

Outstanding Candidates Will Have…

  • Full professional proficiency in English
  • Solid understanding of Japanese linguistic terminology
  • 4+ years of experience teaching Japanese
  • Familiarity with language standards such as the JF Standard, JLPT, or Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR)
  • Intermediate proficiency in other languages
  • Experience in team teaching, supervision of others, and/or project management
  • Experience problem-solving AI content generation issues
  • Previous experience eliciting high-quality AI-generated (pedagogical) content

Applications must be submitted in English.

About Duolingo:

Duolingo is the most popular language-learning application in the world, with over 500 million users and over half a billion exercises completed daily. Beyond our core learning product, we also offer English proficiency testing with the Duolingo English Test, and are bringing new subjects into the Duolingo app, where people can develop their Math and Music skills.
We are passionate about educating our users, making fact-based decisions, and finding innovative solutions to complex problems. We offer meaningful work, limitless learning opportunities, and collaboration with world-class minds. Come brighten your life and over half a billion more!

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