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Teaching Jobs Overseas: Choosing an ESL Company in Japan 
 
by Rob Goss September 30, 2005

ECC

In recent years ECC has turned its attention to hiring from overseas. However, prior to this it was known as a refuge for ex-NOVA teachers seeking less working hours (about 40 a month fewer until a few years ago) with considerably more time off and about the same salary. Like NOVA, ECC is a nationwide company known by most Japanese.

Salary

The basic starting salary at ECC is 252,000 yen a month ($2250), with annual performance related pay increases of between 5,000 to 15,000 yen a month ($45 - 135).

Holidays

ECC teachers usually have Sundays and one weekday off every week in addition to a good vacation package that includes all national holidays, about 2 fixed weeks in August, about 10 fixed days in May and about 10 fixed days over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

On top of this, ECC teachers have five flexible holidays a year that can be used at anytime. As is the case at NOVA, the number of flexible holidays increases with time.

The Schedule

ECC teachers work 29.5 hours a week with about 25 hours of contact time. Teachers teach at three or four schools (on separate days)

Shifts start either from around 1100 to 1200 or from around 1530 and last a maximum of six hours, which means there is no lunch break. Japanese Labor Law insists that six hours is the maximum shift time without a formal lunch break.

At ECC, teachers can expect a mixture of kid’s classes and 40- or 80-minute classes for adults. Web lessons are just beginning at ECC and are not taught often, if at all, as part of a regular schedule.

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