Teaching at ECC
As the largest private language school in Thailand, ECC is also one of the major recruiters of English language teachers in South-East Asia. We are always seeking well-qualified, energetic teachers. As such we are able to offer employment opportunities at all times of the year, in all regions of Thailand.
For those thinking of entering the teaching profession we offer a range of training courses that will give you the basic skills you will need to start your teaching career. For suitable candidates we can also offer immediate employment on completion of training.
If you think you have the qualities we are looking for and are interested in being part of our team, just follow the three simple steps below:
1. Download and read the teaching FAQs and other sections of this website. They will answer most of the questions you might have, and tell you a lot about what it is like to work in Thailand with ECC.
2. Download and complete our job application form. Applications may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our students range in age from young children to retirement age adult learners, and in ability from absolute beginners to advanced. ECC is firmly committed to providing professional, affordable tuition to our students, and we are proud of the fact that almost all urban Thais with a regular job can afford to take our courses. We also offer regular scholarships. We are committed to providing a challenging, supportive, rewarding working environment for all our staff, teachers and administrative staff.
ECC’s branches are normally located in commercial areas. In Bangkok we have branches across the city located in modern shopping centres. In the provinces we have branches in many provincial capitals, usually in a central location convenient for both our students and staff. All schools are readily accessible by public transport, and have a variety of reasonably priced accommodation in the vicinity.
The schools are open every day of the week - you do not have to work every day of course - from about 8.30 in the morning until 9 in the evening, although we close earlier at weekends. All schools are air-conditioned, and the classrooms are clean, bright and well ventilated. Each room has a whiteboard, desks and chairs, and a CD player.
The average class size at ECC is ten to twelve students, with a maximum of sixteen. The teachers’ room contains a full range of textbooks including accompanying teachers’ books, reference books, CDs, supplementary teaching activities and games. There is also access to photocopiers. All ECC schools have a no smoking policy, which includes the teachers’ room.
Our Academic Programme
Our curriculum is wide ranging and includes courses for learners of English, courses in Japanese and Mandarin, computer courses, and our teacher training programme. We offer courses for both adults and children. The typical length of an ECC English conversation course is 120 hours, divided into four thirty-hour blocks, for example Pre-Intermediate A-B-C-D. Other courses can be as short as twenty hours or as long as one hundred. The majority of our courses are based around course books by the mainstream EFL publishers such as, Longman, Macmillan, Oxford and others. We focus on conversation courses, although we also offer more specialized courses, for example in grammar or writing. We allow our teachers scope to adapt our course materials to suit the needs of the students and the teaching style of the teacher, and do not try to impose any rigid methodologies on our teaching staff. We encourage teachers to use supplementary materials and there are many supplementary activity books in each school. Our curriculum is regularly reviewed and updated in order to ensure that we are offering the best quality courses to our students, and that our materials reflect the latest developments in EFL theory and practice. All students entering group classes complete a placement test prior to commencing study. Our courses have a gently graded syllabus, with extra levels at the lower end of the scale, to allow us to place students more accurately. Although most of our teaching is done on premises at our branches, we also conduct classes at corporate clients’ offices all over Bangkok. In addition, many of our teachers work for a few hours or more a week in a local Thai school, an opportunity to gain a real insight into the Thai education system, and to work with Thai English teachers. Our curriculum also includes other languages, currently Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. Taught by fully qualified native speakers, these courses focus on conversation, but also include reading and writing at higher levels. Our curriculum also includes computer courses. These are taught in Thai and include courses for children and adults, beginner to advanced. There are courses in all the major software packages, all popular programming languages, and other areas such as web page design.
Our teachers come from all parts of the English-speaking world. We also employ a number of non-native English speaking teachers to teach some children’s courses, and a few low-level adult courses. Many of our teachers are full time; others work with us part time, perhaps weekends only or a few evenings. Most of our teachers have a range of classes, although some specialize in a particular field, for example Business English or teaching children. A few things we hope all our teachers have in common are excellent academic credentials, enthusiasm for teaching, an open mind, a flexible and easy-going manner, and a love of Thailand and its people.
ECC students range in age from five to fifty, with the majority in their teens or twenties. They come from all kinds of backgrounds, and study for many different reasons. As ECC offers some of the best value language courses in Thailand, our students come from all sections of Thai society. In general Thai learners often have a reasonably large passive vocabulary and understanding of structure, but lack communicative skills. This is partly due to traditional methods of teaching in the Thai school system, in which students are not required to participate in communicative activities. They are, on the whole, fun loving, well mannered, motivated, and they enjoy group work. Common difficulties experienced by Thai students are L1 interference (where features of Thai discourse interfere with their English), pronunciation problems, and difficulties with certain areas of structure e.g. the English tense system. This particular problem is a result of the fact that the concept of tenses does not really exist in Thai.
At ECC we have a large and dedicated team of administrative staff supporting our operations. These include: Student Counsellors, who are usually the first point of contact between a student and the school; Branch Managers, who oversee the general operations of an individual branch; Head Teachers, usually an experienced, well-qualified teacher whose responsibilities include ensuring academic standards are being maintained in his/her branch.