English-language teachers sought at top institute

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 October, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 October, 2004, 12:00am

A local centre of a world-class educational business is looking for supremely proficient English-language trainers.

Thanks to rapid expansion and its commitment to providing quality education services, one of the world's largest specialist international English-language organisations is seeking to hire full and part-time English language teachers to teach adults.

The Wall Street Institute has more than 30 years of experience in offering tailored and flexible multimedia language training. Its learning system is available at six centres in Hong Kong.

The institute is also well represented in the mainland, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.

'Our unique learning system is now working every day in over 350 centres in 26 countries around the world,' said Reiko Kwok, the institute's Hong Kong's corporate affairs and communications director.

'If you ask our students, they will tell you we have the most effective English-learning method, too. [We have] developed a creative and innovative solution: a teaching method that focuses on the students' needs rather than on the classroom,' Ms Kwok said.

The prospective teachers are required to use the institute's proprietary English-language learning systems. As a result, they must have 'native proficiency in English' and be able to work 'within the framework of an established teaching method'.

Understanding that this was not just a teaching job as much as it was about 'relationship-building and interaction between teachers and students' was key, Ms Kwok said.

In addition to having bags of energy and enthusiasm, applicants needed to be 'professional in appearance and demeanour'.

They should also be 'dedicated to English-language teaching, committed to providing quality English-language education services to students', patient, friendly and have a 'strong sense of team spirit', she said.

Ideal applicants hold degrees in English language, education or linguistics, plus a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Teaching English as a Second Language or a certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults.

They should also have at least one year's teaching experience. Successful applicants must attend a five-day training programme before they start teaching.

'[The course] covers all our teaching materials, our proprietary English-language learning system, student follow-up, administration and role play, which will help to ensure the new teachers adapt to the new environment without any difficulties,' Ms Kwok said.

Rewards are rich for those who fit the bill, as English language teachers whose performance is 'superior' will be promoted to service manager.