Online ESL Teacher for E-Communication (Ecom)
Summary(Review): E-Communication students are mainly Japanese business people. You will be teaching adults during the week and on the weekends. You should have a background in teaching business English and have a minimum of two years teaching experience. It is also an advantage if you know how to teach the TOEFL, IELTS, Eiken, TOEIC. The minimum amount of hours is 20 hours a week. The pay ranges from $16-$20 per hour and you are paid through either PayPal or through a bank wire.
Job Overview for Online ESL Teacher
Pay Rate per Hour:
High School & College Prep (age 15-18)
Adult (age 18+)
Early Morning (6am-9am)
Late Afternoon (3pm-6pm)
Late Night (12am-3am)
Job Details for Online ESL Teacher
Native North American
Native Australian/New Zealand
Native South Africa
Min Hours Week:
Min Uploading: 3 MB/s
Min Downloading: 12 MB/s
Online ESL Teacher Job Description
With our school, you can teach students one on one from the comfort of your own home using a web-cam and microphone. This position is also part-time, which allows you to earn extra experience and income in addition to your regular work.
Furthermore, we have
- English speaking staff standing by during lessons to offer support to teachers if they have any questions or concerns
- an interactive, highly developed web community that allows you to check and update your schedule, check student information and interact with other teachers, staff and students
- a variety of textbooks and teaching materials to enhance the quality of your lessons
- evaluations for each season where our students let you know what they think, providing useful feedback to improve the quality of your lessons and teaching. All our existing teachers are also highly trained, professional and highly skilled
Since our student profile is mainly 30s-50s Japanese businessman. We prefer candidates who are
- available at weekdays morning 05:00-08:00 and/or evening 20:00-24:00 and weekends
- experienced in teaching business English
- experienced in helping students to prepare for public examinations
A Few Videos:
Please be aware that we receive a large number of applications and only the most highly qualified applicants are considered.
We will only respond to candidates who pass the initial screening.
- Ecom teachers are experienced professionals with extensive teaching experience.
- A minimum of 2 years of ESL experience.
- Business experience and experience teaching business English is essential
- Bright Personality, Punctual, Responsible
- TOEFL, IELTS, Eiken, TOEIC test specialist teachers are welcome
- Can provide approximately 20 hours availability a week (from your home)
- Able to follow a set schedule strictly as compromised is a MUST
- Current teachers may also apply
- USD 16-20 / hour or EURO 13.-16.2 or JPY2,000-2,300 / hour
- An additional bonus may be given once a year
- Payment by Paypal or Bank transfer (conditions apply)
Take the next step
It’s no surprise that by working for Ecom, your skills as a teacher would also improve through working and interacting with our materials, students, staff and fellow teachers. Working with us can be a valuable experience to supplement your career.
How does the Ecom scheduling system work?
Teachers publish their availability on our website. Students can check the available time of our teachers and book lessons up to 12 hours in advance. Due to this, please be aware that we cannot guarantee a consistent timetable for lessons.
When can I work?
Teachers are free to set up their own schedule, depending on their availability. However, we expect teachers to be available for lessons at least 20 hours per week. (However we cannot guarantee 20 hours of actual lessons per week) Since Ecom is an online school, we operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most of our students are living in Japan and prefer to have lessons in the morning and evening (Japan Time) and on weekends/Japanese public holidays.
What kind of lesson does Ecom offer, and how long is each lesson?
Ecom lessons are one to one and performed over Skype using a webcam and microphone. The minimum lesson duration is 30 minutes, and the duration can be extended in 30 minute blocks (e.g. 1 hour, 1 and a half hours). Besides Skype, we also make use of an online classroom system, where lesson materials can be viewed/uploaded by both the student and teacher.
Are textbooks used during the lesson? Or is it conversation based?
Each lesson is designed according to the individual needs of the student. Some students prefer to have free talk lessons, in which case images or articles sourced by the teacher or student can be used as stimulus. Textbooks can also be used, and are available to download free of charge from the online classroom portal.
What is the payment process like?
Payment is calculated monthly, depending on the number of 30 minute blocks you have completed during the month. (one hour = two 30 minute slots) Payment is processed through PayPal (in USD) for teachers outside of Japan or through bank transfer (in JPY) for teachers residing inside Japan. Payment is usually processed on the 25th of the next month.
Where is Ecom located?
Ecom is online based, and we do not operate physical classrooms. Our office is located in Takadanobaba, Shinjuku, Tokyo and in Nagoya.
How to Apply to Online ESL Teacher?
Online ESL Teacher Interview Process & Tips
- First interview
- Second interview
- First short demo lesson
- Second short demo lesson
- Full fledged Ecom teacher!
What do I need to prepare for the interview?
To prepare for the interview, you need a high speed internet connection, a Skype account, a microphone and a webcam. Since all lessons are conducted via Skype, we would like you to take the interview from a desktop or laptop computer (not smartphone). This is so that we can test the quality and stability of your connection/devices.
Do I need to prepare a Demo lesson?
The first interview will be a discussion about your experience/capability for the job. If asked to return for a second interview, we will require you to conduct a short demonstration lesson. We will provide the material for the demonstration lesson prior to the interview.
What is the next step in the
process, after finishing the first interview?
The first interview will take around 15 minutes. Once the interview is completed, we will contact successful applicants within 2-3 days. Please note that we only contact successful applicants. If unsuccessful, you can reapply to our school from 6 months after the last interview.
Company Information for E-Communication (Ecom)
Ecom is an online school with an extensive experience of providing language education.
Our office is located in Tokyo, Japan.
Bursting with energy of youth, the nearby streets are always filled with crowds of students from different countries, which creates a perfect spot for culture exchange, language learning, and international communication.
We are proud to be an involved part of this exciting community while strongly focusing on modern technology and IT.
Our motto is: “To create an organisation that generates innovation in the world through the education industry”
Currently the majority of Ecom customers are Japanese business people and students.
However, we are hoping to be able to provide services of language learning and cross-cultural communication to people worldwide in the nearestfuture.