LINGUIST List 31.1289

Tue Apr 07 2020

Jobs: Japanese; Applied Linguistics: Japanese Pedagogy Expert, Duolingo

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 06-Apr-2020
From: Bozena Pajak <>
Subject: Japanese; Applied Linguistics: Japanese Pedagogy Expert, Duolingo
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University or Organization: Duolingo, Inc.
Department: Learning & Curriculum
Job Location: , USA (Telecommute)
Web Address:
Job Title: Expert in Japanese Pedagogy (freelance)

Job Rank: Other

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Language Teaching, Teaching Japanese

Required Language(s): Japanese (jpn)


Duolingo is looking for a Japanese expert who has native or near-native proficiency in Japanese and strong working proficiency in English, who has experience teaching Japanese to English speakers, and who has experience developing language learning curricula. This is a temporary freelance position (no benefits included). All work will be conducted remotely and hours are flexible.


- Use your pedagogical expertise to develop creative course content for an online Japanese course that is aligned with the standards of the CEFR
- Develop a scope and sequence for the course and write content for beginning Japanese language learners in cooperation with members of Duolingo’s learning sciences team
- Exercise creativity and humor to ensure that course material is fun and engaging
- Help define project details, set timeframes, and coordinate project activities


- Native or near-native proficiency in Japanese
- MA in Japanese or foreign language pedagogy or equivalent experience
- Experience teaching Japanese
- 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

Exceptional candidates will have:

- PhD in Japanese or foreign language pedagogy
- Native or near-native proficiency in English
- Familiarity with the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) and/or the JLPT
- Experience in team teaching, supervision of others, and/or project management

Please apply by sending your resume to the application email below.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Bozena Pajak

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