Mission: ECC stands for "Education Communication Community.” Our name is our mission statement: it’s all about creating a vibrant and peaceful global community via education and communication.
The management team in charge of supervising the foreign language instructors were incredibly helpful with the moving process. They listened to all comments or concerns the employees had regarding work, and were always on your side. If you are comfortable living in an environment very different from your own, and are interested in teaching abroad in Japan, ECC is one of the best schools to work for.
When you first join their company and begin working, expect to be sent to several different schools in the region. Even when you are given your own permanent schedule, you will likely be working at between 2-5 different schools around your area.
Advice to Management
Consider offering new recruits a small packet that includes information regarding their city. I am sure many current employees, myself included when I was employeed, would have loved to contribute to it to help new employees adapt to their city easier. Assistance for cell phone purchases, locations of grocery stores, etc. During my first week of living in Japan, I was so jet-lagged it was hard to navigate my area of the city and locate places that were necessary almost immediately.
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at ECC Japan (Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA) in November 2016.
I sent in an application online in July 2016 and after about 2 months of processing, was selected for an in-person group interview at a recruiting session. They scheduled several locations for candidates to attend and I chose the one closest to me. My location had 15 candidates. The interview session was really long (9:30am- 6:30pm) and it was broken down into several parts. First was a information session that lasted a few hours and right afterwards we all had to take a 75 question multiple choice exam that tested out proficiency in English grammar. It tested things like parts of speech and commonly misspelled words. Then we took a break for lunch and came back to see the results of the exam, because if you didn't pass then your interview was done right then and there. However, everyone at our session passed the exam so we all moved into the next part of the interview which was a teaching demonstration. You do not need prior teaching experience as they will give you an example to follow. What they are looking for if you have the right personality to be able to teaching children. I thought I did very well in my teaching demo and didn't receive any negative feedback from the recruiters when they evaluated us, but in the end I was not offered a job. I don't know if it was because so many of the candidates passed the grammar test and they had to be more strict about who they chose in the end, or if I just wasn't cut out for the position, but It was a long a tiring interview.
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