Teaching English in China – Weihai

Published: 26 October, 2016  |  Last updated: 26 October, 2016

Teaching English in Weihai, China

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Report submitted on 18 Oct, 2016 by DKL.

Teaching English in Weihai, China:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Weihai, China?
There are several agencies that can help place teachers in China.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, teaching at private international schools.

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification, bachelor degree, 2 years experience. Natural speaker from usual country set (Canada, USA, Australia, Britain, South Africa).

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Requirements are low but the higher paying positions do have stricter requirements. Degree in education is preferred, Masters will get you into better paying positions if you lack experience.

What are the levels of payment?
Payment runs from 8000 to 16000 RMB (approx. 1,180 US$ ~ 2,360 US$) per month with perks making up the balance. Apartment is supplied by many schools, residence is often close to school so commuting costs are zero to low. Cost of living sharply lower then major Chinese cities so less of your money will go towards living costs. Work week 20-25 hours and overtime is paid at any legitimate school.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
20 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
Holidays may or may not be paid depending on contract and school. Vacation time again negotiated. As you become more skilled your negotiating position sharply improves.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Weihai, China to teach English?
Weihai is a very good place to teach English. The city is fairly affluent and there are many students wanting to learn. There is a good mix of grade school, high school and adult students.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Weihai, China?
Low cost of living, very good climate (4 seasons with light winters and cooler than average summers) International airport and easy access to major areas in China, Korea and Japan. Cost of living is very low and easily offsets comparatively modest wages. Low cost of travel means visiting the rest of China is reasonable and convenient.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Weihai, China?
Wages. If you need a job to pay bills in another country it will not be ideal. If you want to keep the money local you will be living quite well.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Younger students provide the same challenges in any country, you must have the temperament to work with them. Older students have remnants of being taught “Chinese English” by non native speakers and modifying pronunciation and vocabulary can be difficult.

 

Living in Weihai, China:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in China?
Yes, the schools usually handle the cost of the residency visa. Z Visa cost incurred by teacher before arrival. Visa requirements may vary depending on country.

What is the cost of living like in China?
Pay is low in comparable currency BUT cost of living is sharply lower. The position pays very well if your plan is to remain long term.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Accommodation usually supplied by school. No or partial cost passed on to teacher. Average cost of very good accommodation between 1000 and 2000 RMB (approx. 150 US$ ~ 300 US$) per month. 1000 RMB (approx. 150 US$) average.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Weihai, China?
Weihai is one of the best places to live in China. It doesn’t suffer from problems of larger city centers and more industrialized regions. Foreigners are still unique and the local population are very generous and helpful.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in scenery, China?
There are very few foreigners and the isolation is at times difficult.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Weihai, China?
Learn some of the local language before coming, basic survival level not anything approaching fluency, when you get here you will be busy and around people speaking English at work which, oddly enough, makes learning Chinese a little difficult. You can survive well and easily learning hello, thank you and smiling and pointing but learning some simple phrases will make life easier.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
Tim Hortons.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave China?
The people. They are very easy going and make living here very easy.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Comfortable clothing and general medications (cold, flu, Imodium, general pain stuff) to make the transition easier. Your body will have to adapt to the new environment and it will be easier with meds you are comfortable with.

Other comments (about teaching or living in your country)?
I had read many horror stories and had researched some reports on you-tube. I was very happy that I have yet to have a bad experience. I am happy with the way this career change has worked out.

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: DKL

Nationality: Canadian

Students I’ve taught in China: Elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), university, adults, business, other.

Where I teach: — Teaching here for 1 year.

How I found my current jobs
Through Job agency in Canada.

My school facilities: Very good – Classes are smaller than some reports I’ve seen. All supplies and books supplied by the school. Working hours are above what I contracted for but overtime was requested not demanded. Contract hours are 20 per week (80 per month) and overtime has been paid for all hours worked over that amount. Time off to Travel was accommodated without any issue.

What kind of teacher support is available at your school/s?: Training / workshops, lesson observations, teacher evaluations, peer support / training.

Have we missed any important questions?: It is hard to stress enough the difference between Weihai and most major Chinese cities. Clean environment, beautiful city and good people. Cost of living is ridiculously low when compared to any North American city. They are always having trouble attracting teachers but most who do arrive remain for years.
 

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Teaching English in China – Chagsha

Published: 16 September, 2016  |  Last updated: 16 September, 2016

Teaching English in Chagsha, China

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Report submitted on 13 May, 2016 by nana.

Teaching English in Chagsha, China:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Chagsha, China?
I applied through World Teacher which is a volunteer teaching program. We are trained in the summer and then we teacher with a lower salary.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, teaching at state schools, teaching at colleges / universities, private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.)

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
College degree, western english speaking passport, TEFL.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
The ones above are all you need. the requirements aren’t so high.

What are the levels of payment?
I make 3,000 rmb per month (approx. US$ 450). I have heard the average for public schools is 6,000 (approx. US$ 899).

How many teaching days a week is normal?
4 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
20 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
In a public school 3-4 weeks in the winter vacation, a week in the fall and a week in the spring semesters.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Chagsha, China to teach English?
Its a lower standard of living, have to be ok with living in a “third world country” and also being very flexible since they are very bad at planning the school schedule in advance.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Chagsha, China?
Very cheap so you can save money. you can practice speaking mandarin since not many people speak english. Its very convenient everything is nearby and good public transportation.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Chagsha, China?
People will stare at you, the winter has bad air pollution and its gloomy.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Big classrooms make lesson planning a challenge. About 60 students per class in a public school.

 

Living in Chagsha, China:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in China?
Yes you need a residence permit which you get through your school.

What is the cost of living like in China?
A meal is 10-25 rmb (approx. US$ 1.50-3.75) if you eat locally. Bus is 2 rmb (approx. US$ 0.30).

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Provided by the school.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Chagsha, China?
Affordable. Practice chinese. Convinience of everything around you. Lots to see and explore.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Chagsha, China?
Chinese people stare, also there are fireworks that go off all the time.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Chagsha, China?
Specific foods like cheese, pizza, guacamole. you can purchase these things but they are more expensive.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave China?
My cute students.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Specific food like peanut butter and american candy.

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: nana

Nationality: American

Students I’ve taught in China: Junior high school (12-15 years)

Where I teachworld teach, Changsha. Teaching here for 1 year.

How I found my current jobs: Through the world teach website

My school facilities: Good – All resources are available, just the quality isn’t very high.

Teacher support at my school: None. 
 

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Teaching English in China – Xinsheng, Zhengzhou

Published: 15 September, 2016  |  Last updated: 03 November, 2016

Teaching English in Xinsheng, Zhengzhou, China

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Report submitted on 1 Apr, 2016 by ShenHai2016.

Teaching English in Xinsheng, Zhengzhou, China:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Xinsheng, Zhengzhou, China?
visit www.academicsinasia.com

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools, teaching at private international schools, teaching at colleges / universities.

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
Degree holder, certificate on TESOL or TEFL training, and at least 2 yrs teaching experience.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Must be a fluent speaker (just like a native speaker of English, if not a native speaker).

What are the levels of payment?
4,000 TO 7,000 RMB (approx. US$600-1050) DEPENDING ON QUALIFICATIONS.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
4 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
9 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
PAID ONE-MONTH WINTER VACATION (JANUARY) FOR THOSE WHO SIGNED A MINIMUM OF 1-YEAR CONTRACT.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Xinsheng, Zhengzhou, China to teach English?

Must have confidence in doing the job and humble enough to submit to the one in authority.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Xinsheng, Zhengzhou, China?
Students here are trained to really obey and they are more serious to learn.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Xinsheng, Zhengzhou, China?
You have to exert effort to learn the student’s native language in order to be more effective as their teacher in English.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
The need to have of a complete module in teaching English just like the one that I have found out in your website.

Living in Xinsheng, Zhengzhou, China:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in China?
Work Permit, Invitation Letter, and Work Visa.

What is the cost of living like in China?
It’s provided by the school – free of charge.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
It’s provided by the school – inside the school campus.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Xinsheng, Zhengzhou, China?
It’s a peaceful environment.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Xinsheng, Zhengzhou, China?
Most of the people here could not speak English.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Xinsheng, Zhengzhou, China?
Be of good courage, and always be happy.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
It’s our food supply (organically grown vegetables, fruits, poultry & livestock) coming from our own farm.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave China?
The wonderful accommodations, friends and work in the school.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Just simple personal belongings.

Any other comments (about teaching or living in your country)?
There are more than a hundred foreign teachers here coming mostly from the USA. They use the american-English curriculum.

About Me and My Work:

My NameShengHai2016

Nationality: Filipino

Students I’ve taught in China: Elementary (6-12 years), university.

Where I teachSias International College of Zhengzhou University, Xinsheng, Zhengzhou City, Henan, China. Working here for 1 month.

How I found my current jobs: A friend gave me the website of the school and I applied directly on-line.

My school facilitiesExcellent. I compared it to my previous teaching experience in Thailand.

Teacher support at my school: Training / workshops, lesson observations, teacher evaluations, peer support / training.
 
 

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Teaching English in China – Qijiang

Published: 13 September, 2016  |  Last updated: 03 November, 2016

Teaching English in Qijiang, China

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Report submitted on 20 Feb, 2016 by Dr. Laurence J. MacDonald

Teaching English in Qijiang, China:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Qijiang, China?
Its becoming increasingly more difficult with the new policies of the CCP. However, I have several contacts as well. If my school increases its enrollment, I too will be looking for a foreign teacher to teach English as a second language.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), teaching at state schools, teaching at private international schools, teaching at colleges / universities, teaching at companies.

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
I hold a PhD abd, but have never required it even when I taught at University. Many high schools and middle schools require a teaching degree and B.A. in education. However some, in very small villages will take any foreign language speaker with TEFL, and some with nothing.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
I’m a traditionalist, and would hope that most individuals seeking to teach in foreign countries have at least a degree in education or professional courses in TEFL. They should also be from a native English speaking country, without a strong accent. i.e. Canada, US, UK, Australia, NZ, I have heard teachers before from countries such as South Africa, India and the Philippines, where they speak English, teach, however, their accent is so strong, the students pick it up and this could lead to problems in the future.

What are the levels of payment?
Usually, most enterprises in the business of teaching English pay on a monthly salary basis. Depending where you are, the pay can be anywhere from 4,000 rmb(630.00 US$) to 10,000rmb..(approx. 1500.00 US$). Some provide housing some don’t. Many Middle Schools and High schools offer meals. The only hourly rate here is for private teaching. I command 200 rmb(35.00 US$) per hour.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5-6 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
4-5 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
The days and hours I have stipulated depend on where you are teaching. e.g. pvt English schools demand more of your time as they pay much more. High schools and middle schools pay less and try to demand more. I have been here several years now, and still have never understood how they set the holidays here. In China, you only borrow the holiday but must pay it back by teaching weekends. The only solid holiday is Chinese New Year and Spring Festival. If you teach in the public school sector, you will have off the summer but without salary.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Qijiang, China to teach English?
Pick up some basic language skills, be tolerant of some of the culture, be ready to relinquish many of your freedoms, ie. Facebook, You Tube, impartial news broadcasting. Spitting, smoking in public places, very poor drivers, very few driving rules. Further, many Chinese teachers resent foreign teachers because they seem to get more perks and higher pay but teach less hours. Remember, in China its what is NOT said that is important.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Qijiang, China?
I love the people, but mostly the kids, I am a former professional basketball coach from Canada and do many clinics with young kids for free here in my city. China is a provocatively interesting country and presently, there are many changes taking place. I am over 70 and am present to witness these changes.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Qijiang, China?
I think if you read my previous answers, you will see the negatives of teaching here.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
The most obvious is not knowing the language. In my small school, I hire an English speaking Chinese teacher to translate my words. However, insure you hire a good one because many things you say may get messed up in translation. Its is always good to learn some of the language. I would be classified as an upper beginner. Other challenges are of course the parents. The one child policy has populated the country with spoiled kids with a sense of entitlement. As China gets richer, you will now have to deal with spoiled rich kids.

 

Living in Qijiang, China:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in China?
Absolutely, to teach here, you must have a valid Z visa which allows you to work. However, they want you to get it in your own country but you must have a valid contract in order to secure one. Best bet, secure a position, get them to send you a contract, take this to the Chinese Embassy in your country and apply for a visa. NB if you acquire a Z visa (working visa), it will be registered to the company that offered you the contract and can only be used for that company or school. You can also acquire a 30 day visitor visa which could give you time enough to scout out a job, if not most times it can be extended.

What is the cost of living like in China?
Much much cheaper here than in the west. I will only site what I pay for here. Qijiang is a city of approx 1 million. My wife and I go out to dinner with the approximate cost being around 50-60 rmb (9.00 US$) that is for local dishes, ie. hot pot, meat dishes and veggies etc. However, many foreign restaurants and hotels are much pricier. I can buy a quart bottle of beer in a store for 3rmb (less than 1.00 US$) and if eating out it ranges from 5-10 rmb (just a little over 1.00 US$). Bars can be costly, 20.00 rmb (2.50 US) for a small bottle of local beer, or 30.00 rmb (4.50 US$) for imported beer. Beware of the alcohol here, its called Bi Jo made from rice, tastes horrible, and ranges in alc. volume from 50% to 61%. Nasty stuff.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
The company or school you work for will usually aid you in finding accommodation. Here I own a home, but rent my school space. The rent is 1300 rmn (200 US$) per month. For that I get three bedrooms, two bathrooms, but in an older building. My house cost us 2000 rmb (308 US$) per M2. The houses here are not like in Canada and the States. All are high rises you rarely see individual housing on a piece of property except in the country and on farms.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Qijiang, China?
I dislike the winters here, they are cold dull and grey with the sun showing about 10% of the time. However, the summer is extremely hot daily in the mid to high 30’s. As I love to travel to places of interest, from here it is very easy. Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, are easy and cheap to get to. I don’t drive here as I am afraid to do so. but the cost of transportation is very cheap. Taxis begin at 3.00 transportation (0.40 US$) and buses are 1.00 rmb (0.15 US$).

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
Mostly I miss the food. Here in Sichuan Province, the food is so spicy I can hardly eat it. Also I miss being able to add to a conversation because of my limited language skills, that is difficult. Also I must be careful what I say here but I miss the freedom of speech, being able to criticise government policy openly. But most of all I miss Christmas, here its abused hostile and noisy.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave China?
I will die here, my father was with the Flying Tigers who fought in China during the second world war (1943), he was killed in Chongqing in 1943. I came here initially to coach but also to find out what the attraction was for him. A Canadian Indian fighting against Japanese aggression……for what reason?

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Other than the obvious, food items which you can’t get here but cannot bring in. You will need electrical socket converters as the plugs here are quite different than in the west. If you are a large person like me, clothing to fit. The sizes here are different I wear XXL in China but L to XL in the west. Get a good VPN on your computer as you are not allowed Facebook or YouTube bring enough money to live on until you find a position. I would recommend enough for six months. This all in US money….Housing for six months 6X300 US$ + 1800 US$, FOOD, 6 x400 US$ (for this amount you will eat well, Figure on bringing about 5-6000 US$ unless you have a guaranteed job here.

Any other comments (about teaching or living in your country)?
Although, in some of my answers I have painted a somewhat negative view of teaching here, it is not that bad. Once you get used to the culture, learn some of the language, meet new Chinese friends, things are quite normal and satisfying. My suggestion is don’t take things too seriously, go with the flow, don’t try to change things and stay away from the forbidden T’s, Taiwan, Tibet and Tienanmen Square, you will be fine. In public do not question the government or its leaders.

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Dr. Laurence J. MacDonald

Nationality: Native Canadian

Students I’ve taught in China: Toddlers (2-4 years), pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), university, adults, business.

Where I teach: Interpersonal TS, Qijiang. Working here for 5 years.  I also teach private lessons and volunteer with tourism board to edit publications

H.I.G.H.E.R. International English Academy, Qijiang.  Working for 7 years.

How I found my current jobs: This is my company. As stated earlier, I began coaching here in the CBA, however, once I turned 65, I was no longer eligible to gain a Z visa as they don’t allow you to work past 65. My wife is the Head Mistress of our school, I am merely a consultant that does not get paid.

My school facilities: Inadequate. Because the facilities, classrooms, play areas ARE mostly inadequate. It is getting much better however, when I began teaching here in the high school system, it was like teaching in Tom Browns School Days. In the winter, there is no heat in the classrooms so you teach with all your winter clothing on such as a warm coat and gloves. In the early summer, no air and it is very HOT.

Teacher support at my school: Teacher evaluations, none.

Linkswww.asiahoopsacademycom.fatcow.com

 

 

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Teaching English in China – Bazhong

Published: 05 July, 2016  |  Last updated: 16 September, 2016

Teaching English in Bazhong, China

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Report submitted on 23 Jan, 2016 by Louis.

Teaching English in Bazhong, China:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Bazhong, China?
They can search online for esl jobs in China. If they are lucky they can be signed directly by the schools but in most cases , it’s better to get through an agent to avoid the hustles of obtaining a residence permit.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools, teaching at state schools, teaching at private international schools, teaching at colleges / universities.

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
Ba in any field.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
The desire and willingness to settle in a communist country. Lots of challenges but worth the try. Being a native English speaker is an advantage.

What are the levels of payment?
No standard rate but your experience earns you more and when you are settled, you can negotiate your part time jobs.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
25 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
National holidays, winter and summer holidays are off especially for teachers in public schools but training schools demand more work time because they pay more.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Bazhong, China to teach English?
Not to have worry much.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Bazhong, China?
Easy to make friends.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Bazhong, China?
Needs time and patience.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Most kids are shy and not fluent or good at English.

 

Living in Bazhong, China:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in China?
You should have clean criminal records.

What is the cost of living like in China?
Cost of living is affordable so is accommodation.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Working through most agencies, you have free accommodation with all bills paid for. Private schools pay you more but you look for a place to live and you pay your bills.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Bazhong, China?
Friendly people.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Bazhong, China?
Nothing i know of.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Bazhong, China?
Be ready to meet people who are not so fund of using English.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
My dishes.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave China?
My friends and my students.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Things are easy get online.

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Louis

Nationality: USA

Students I’ve taught in China: Junior high school (12-15 years).

How I found my current jobs: Through an agency

My school facilities: Good.

Teacher support at my school: teacher evaluations.
 

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Teaching English in China – Gap ming

Published: 21 June, 2016  |  Last updated: 03 November, 2016

Teaching English in Gap ming, China

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Report submitted on 6 Dec, 2015 by Sonya McGriff.

Teaching English in Gap ming, China:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Gap ming, China?
Go to your browser at the top of your computer and type teaching abroad.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions.

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
You will need at least a BA preferably in English, or any field preference in the education field, with a CELTA or any TEFL 120 hour certificate.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
You will need at least a BA preferably in English, with a CELTS or any TEFL 120 hour certificate, and if you have a background in Math and Physics you will find many jobs in that field. If you are certified in your field that makes a huge difference in salary. If you only have a BA and you would like to teach don’t be discouraged there are a few jobs you can get with just a BA but you must look for them. As anywhere the more credentials the better the job salary and position.

What are the levels of payment?
Not by hour by month, you get paid once a month , then you can break it down and do the math. The pay can start as low as 400 RMB (approx. US$ 62) to 25,000 RMB (approx. US$ 3,800) per month. Some jobs can be higher but it goes back to experience and education and what region.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
25 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
If you are in an international school all the same American holidays plus Chinese, I recommend this type even though I don’t work for an international school, because it lessens your chance of homesickness, you get to travel more, and above all you tend to love your job, you stay longer and you get more time to travel and go back home if you like or study to obtain more credentials.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Gap ming, China to teach English?
Be open minded, know what you want and looking for, (for example do I want to live in a big city or small city, do I want to work with small kids or big kids etc.) research your company and what’s around it and be ready to have fun.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Gap ming, China?
You get to meet people from another culture, you get experience working in your field in another country, travel to locations you never been before, meet amazing kids.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Gap ming, China?
If you’re not at a certain type of school you only get the Chinese holidays and don’t get to recognize your family holidays from your birth place, example I work on Christmas. I live an hour from the main city and 3 hours from Hong Kong so it can be challenging to travel, I have many steps I must take to get there. Banking sometimes is also a challenge.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
I guess trying to make sure you get your message across so they can understand. I teach 4-6 years old children.

 

Living in Gap ming, China:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in China?
Yes, you talk directly to your company or employer to see what it is they need – they will direct you then go to your local Embassy to obtain your Work visa. Please go ahead and obtain a local or FBI background check which is better. That’s important.

What is the cost of living like in China?
The cost is very cheap 60% less than America, yes so true. But if you live in a bigger city it is a little higher, more things to do so you spend more. But apartments may run about 300 – 500 US dollars per month but most companies have living quarters available to you if you like. The food is very cheap 3 – 10 US dollars.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
It depends on the company, for instance I have a 2 bed room single accommodation. Your company may have shared, if you work for a high school you will live on the campus, but of course if you don’t like it you can find your own but you will pay for it.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Gap ming, China?
Friendly people and the ability to save some money.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Gap ming, China?
Not finding certain items you normally use (food), homesickness no family around to go places with.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Gap ming, China?
I say again now what you want to do is research and come prepared with items you need and it’s very important if you have someone at home who will mail you the items you need that helps a lot.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
The food Italian, pizza, Mexican, turkey etc.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave China?
The kids, the cozy small town and some friends.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
They have mostly everything here just not that good of quality sometimes, if they don’t have it you can travel to Hong Kong. I would just say whatever is special to you like lotions and perfume.

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Sonya McGriff

Nationality: USA

Students I’ve taught in China: toddlers (2-4 years), pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years).

Where I teach: I teach at a private kindergarten for a manufacturing company in Gap Ming China. Teaching here for 2 years.

How I found my current jobs: Through school while in school they often give you websites then you go from there.

My school facilities: Adequate – Teaching resources, technology access.

Teacher support at my school: lesson observations.
 

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Teaching English in China – Beijing

Published: 16 November, 2015  |  Last updated: 16 November, 2015

Teaching English in Beijing, China

Beijing, China 

 

Report submitted on 17 September, 2015 by Will.

Teaching English in Beijing, China:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Beijing, China?
Through word of mouth and the “Beijinger”.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools, teaching at private international schools.

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
A degree in any subject, a TEFL certificate.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
A degree, TEFL certificate, 1 year experience.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
20 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
This is set by government. You often have to work extra days because you had a holiday. Anything else is unpaid leave

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Beijing, China to teach English?
It is very hard to teach here, unless you speak Chinese.  The schools are not well organised, and often under staffed or without basic materials.  You will be asked to work extra days and hours with no extra pay, timetables will be changed without notifying you, parents or teachers will sit in your class without prior warning.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Beijing, China?
Nice kids and cheap to live here.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Beijing, China?
See previous advice comments.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Local language is not easy to learn.  The lifestyle is very different.

 

Living in Beijing, China:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in China?
Yes, a visa.

What is the cost of living like in China?
Apartment 700-900 pounds sterling (US$1,060 – US$1,370) per month plus bills.
The cost of food and living 300 pounds (US$455) per month

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Through the school or arrange yourself.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Beijing, China?cheap to live here
It’s cheap to live here and it’s an interesting pace to live.  The people are friendly.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Beijing, China?
Pollution, very different way of life, dirty, unsafe living conditions/ wiring etc.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Beijing, China?
Prepare for a big change.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?higher standard of living
Food, drink, housing all far better at home.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave China?
Seeing interesting sights, people are very friendly and curious about foreigners which is fun.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Bring some food from home for when the local cuisine gets too much.
Bring a laptop with teaching materials on it.

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Will

Nationality: British

Students I’ve taught in China: Toddlers (2-4 years).

Where I teach: Sun Kids school in Beijing. Teaching for less than 1 year.

How I found my current jobs: Through LoveTEFL.

My school facilities: Adequate – Basic teaching resources are missing. No pens, paper, card, etc. to make flashcards.  No understanding of children’s needs.  Timetable changed frequently.

Teacher support is available at my school: none.

 

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Teaching English in China – Wuxi

Published: 28 July, 2015  |  Last updated: 16 November, 2015

Teaching English in Wuxi, China

Wuxi, China

Report submitted on 28 July, 2015 by Nidia Nel.

Teaching English in Wuxi, China:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Wuxi, China?
There are many ways.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools, teaching at state schools, teaching at private international schools, teaching at colleges / universities, teaching at community centers, etc., private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.)

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
The standard requirements are: BA degree in any field, TEFL or TESOL or similar and at least two years experience teaching, any age group. But young children are the highest demand jobs.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
A love for children is a must.
A lot of patience.
A lot of creative thinking to keep classes entertaining.

What are the levels of payment?
Depends on the city, but you should not get less then 100rmb (approx. US$16) per 45 min – 1hour class.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
25 hours per week

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
All public holidays
Christmas is also given
and possibly 5 or more leave days, more if you are lucky

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Wuxi, China to teach English?
Make sure you have all your stuff sorted in your home country before you come here. Getting things done with banking and things like that is a schlep and a half. So make sure all your bank cards, licenses, policies, passports, etc are up to date, or expires well over 2-5 years.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Wuxi, China?
Wuxi is a nice, well developed city that offers a lot for foreigners in the food and entertainment department. So its not like living in a town with nothing but fried rice and noodles with something resembling meat in the vaguest form to eat….

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Wuxi, China?
You are constantly stared at like you are something from another planet….and sneaked photos of you is something you cannot avoid.

You may not like all the cultural mannerisms….. (spitting and conditions of some of the public toilets being the biggest thing to get used to).

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Local language. BIG challenge to learn Chinese and just be understood. LOL.

 

Living in Wuxi, China:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in China?
You need a work sponsored VISA, don’t try and work on anything else, it will catch up with you eventually.

What is the cost of living like in China?
Pretty good, you can save a lot and still have enough to enjoy all amenities.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Accommodation allowance but you have to pay for your utilities
They assist in finding a place for you before you get here or you stay in a hotel till they find something suitable.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Wuxi, China?
The BEST sightseeing EVER. With such an ancient history, no matter where you go there is so MUCH history and things to see and learn.

Just amazing.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Wuxi, China?
Small amount of other foreigners, and you tend to get a bit “over familiar” and bad stuff can happen.

My city has high humidity with a lot of rain…..if you are used to it then fine. 🙂

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Wuxi, China?
Don’t have any expectations. Enjoy it like you would a new experience and don’t let the negatives get you down.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
Decent MEAT. 🙂

And, because I love to cook, ALL my spices and herbs. Its very limited here and if you do get at expat stores, its SO expensive.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave China?
Restaurant service. Food is served quickly. Hardly EVER have to wait long for anything. *wish other businesses worked like their food industry*

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Deodorant
Perfume
Sanitary thingys – the girls will know what I mean.
Shavers and blades, the Chinese things don’t last or stay sharp longer than two uses….
Anything you do not use as a cheap fake….brand name clothes, shoes, blah blah….in china you can get almost everything fake…..and still be charged genuine price, unless you know how to bargain.

 

Nidia NelAbout Me and My Work:

My Name: Nidia Nel

Nationality: South African

Students I’ve taught in China: Toddlers (2-4 years), pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), adults

Where I teach: Web International – Happy Goal Kids English in Wuxi. Teaching for 1 year.

How I found my current jobs: I used a reputable recruiter – Golden Staffing.

My school facilities: Adequate – Classrooms need proper air conditioning that works, or rather – the Mall where its situated needs to make it work properly.

Staff tea room is not hygienically suited for proper consumption of meals….

Need to consider updating their curriculum to more modern standards….

Teacher support is available at my school: training / workshops, lesson observations, teacher evaluations, peer support / training.

 

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Teaching English in China – Dong Ying

Published: 15 March, 2015  |  Last updated: 15 March, 2015

Teaching English in Dong Ying, China

 Dong Ying, China

Report submitted on 15 March, 2015 by Janine.

Teaching English in Dong Ying, China:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Dong Ying, China?
There are many jobs online and also recruitment agencies as well.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools, teaching at state schools, teaching at private international schools, teaching at colleges / universities, private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.), training centres.

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
Native English speaker, Bachelor’s Degree.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Do a TESOL course

What are the levels of payment?
Varies from position to position average 6500 RMB (aprrox. US$1,040) per month.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
20 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
If working in schools then same as school – National holidays and festivals, end of semester break.
If working in training centres – National holidays and festivals.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Dong Ying, China to teach English?
Make sure you read the contract well before signing.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Dong Ying, China?
The kids really want to learn. Education is valued here.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Dong Ying, China?
Language barrier.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Language barrier.

 

Living in Dong Ying, China:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in China?
You need a letter of invitation from your employer to apply for an entry visa. The employer will then help you to apply for a resident permit to allow you to live and work in the country.

What is the cost of living like in China?
Quite cheap. Usually accommodation is included in the contract. Eating out is inexpensive and abundant.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Most employers will include accommodation in the package.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Dong Ying, China?
Variety of food. Opportunities to travel, close to many other countries.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Dong Ying, China?
Communication can be an issue. The government has a lot of control.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Dong Ying, China?
Make sure you understand everything your position entails.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
Some of the food. Driving.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave China?
Friends made, the kids.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Potato masher, blue tack.

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Janine

Nationality: New Zealander

Students I’ve taught in China: Toddlers (2-4 years), pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years)

Where I teach: Golden Bridge Training Center in Dong Ying. Working here for 1.5 years.

How I found my current jobs: Through a TESOL course I attended in New Zealand.

My school facilities: Adequate – Technology – computer/projector.

 

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Teaching English in China – Hefei

Published: 15 March, 2015  |  Last updated: 15 March, 2015

Teaching English in Hefei, China

 Hefei, China

 

Report submitted on 15 March, 2015 by Sally.

Teaching English in Hefei, China:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Hefei, China?
There are many online agencies. I found mine through Atlantic Education International AEI-inc.ca.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Teaching at private international schools.  I teach at a Canadian International School. This one is Win Hefei which is located in Anhui province There are several schools owned by the same company scattered around China.

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
You need a Bachelor of Education at least. An M.Ed is also an asset. It would be beneficial to have some sort of TESL training but it is not mandatory.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Experience teaching abroad would be considered an asset, but again, it is not mandatory.

What are the levels of payment?
The pay is quite good and comparable to what other International schools pay.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
20-30 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
If you work for the International School, you will get 2 weeks at Christmas and 2 weeks for Chinese New Year as well as the Chinese holidays such as National Day (1 week) and a few Chinese long weekends.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Hefei, China to teach English?
Do some basic research about the Chinese culture. Make sure it would be a good fit for you. It is certainly not for everyone. Training in TESL would certainly be of assistance.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Hefei, China?
The opportunity to travel within the region was and is a big draw for me. This year I have visited Nanjing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau as well as Thailand. I will visit Beijing in May to explore the Great Wall. Teaching young children is certainly a reward in itself. Meeting the local people and making new friends here is wonderful as well.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Hefei, China?
The culture shock can be disturbing at times. Maniacal drivers with a ‘me first’ attitude who seem bent on taking you out on crosswalks. Once you understand that they will not stop for you, it is easier to navigate the streets. Sometimes I just want to go about my business without being constantly stared at. Old and young men spitting on the street is jarring as well. We have a saying at our school ‘TIC’- this is China!

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Obviously the language barrier is the biggest challenge. I have 16 students at the moment and only one understands what I am saying. The children seem to be overly indulged, read-spoiled, so discipline can be an issue when they don’t seem to have heard the word ‘no’ before. I teach at a new International school on the edge of Hefei. The area is just being built up so we are quite far from shopping/entertainment.

 

Living in Hefei, China:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in China?
You must apply for and hold a Residence Permit for Foreigners.

What is the cost of living like in China?
Our apartments are provided free of charge. The only thing we must buy is food and entertainment.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Our apartment is provided for us.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Hefei, China?
Opportunities for travel, meeting new people.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Hefei, China?
See above.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Hefei, China?
Don’t compare Italians and the systems here to the one’s in your home country. There are many great aspects to this country, as there are many bad ones. Don’t focus on the negative aspects.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
I miss driving to shop for necessities. We take taxis and buses to everything.  My daughter, friends and pets. Major holidays such as Christmas.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Shoes in their size. Larger sizes can be difficult to find. Deodorant and personal items. Sufficient clothing. Larger sizes difficult or impossible to find often.

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Sally

Nationality: Canadian

Students I’ve taught in China: Pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years).

Where I teach: Canadian International School of Hefei. Working here for 1 year.

How I found my current jobs: Online through AEI-inc.ca.

My school facilities: Excellent – It is a new school with excellent facilities. New library, smart boards in every classroom, swimming pool, cafeteria.

Teacher support at my school: Training / workshops, lesson observations, teacher evaluations.

 

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