Teaching English in Pinghu, Zhejiang Provence, China
Report submitted on 21 December, 2014 by Crissy Swartz.
Teaching English in Pinghu, Zhejiang Provence, China:
How can teachers find teaching jobs in Pinghu, Zhejiang Provence, China?
Pinghu is a delightful city. It is very clean, and the people are fantastic. My school is the best private English School in the city. The staff is friendly and the owner is progressive, kind, and willing to go the extra mile to make your experience wonderful. She is looking for 4 new native English Speaking Teachers with a degree & 1 yr experience. Enjoy Speaking Foreign Language School has classes from 4yrs old & up. It also has a Business English wing for Adults. Both areas are expanding. Email Fang Fang at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 companies, other (please state):
Teaching Business English for Executives and Business Managers who want to improve their conversation and presentation skills.
One-on-One private and small group lessons.
What are the minimum teaching requirements?
Minimum requirements for teaching students:
One year teaching experience
Minimum requirements for the Business Classes:
Business experience-manufacturing,banking, or business owner
Prefer 1 year ESL teaching experience
One year teaching experience-any subject
What teaching requirements would you recommend?
All the above, plus a true desire to teach!!
Have a desire to work hard and be flexible.
Wanting to have a great Chinese experience.
What are the levels of payment?
Negotiable – they pay higher than most schools.
How many teaching days a week is normal?
4-6 days per week.
How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
varies hours per week.
What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
Enjoy Speaking Foreign Language School has various schedules and hours. You can work a full schedule or part time. Classes are Tuesdays-Fridays 4:00pm-8:00pm Saturdays and Sundays are half days. Mondays are off
The school follows the Chinese calendar and works around major holidays.
What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Zhejiang Provence, China to teach English?
Be open minded! Come to teach and enjoy the differences between cultures. Do not come to be critical. Those wanting a wonderful Chinese experience can find that here in Pinghu. It is small and friendly. People appreciate your willingness to teach English.
What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Zhejiang Provence, China?
1. Pinghu is easy to get around. You can use the bus system to reach any area of the town.
2. Close to Shanghai and all the large city happenings, yet, you can come home to a nice quiet, safe environment.
3. People are warm and friendly.
4. Great location to explore SE & SW China.
5. The bullet fast speed train stops 20 min from Pinghu.
What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Zhejiang Provence, China?
Absolutely none….unless you think people coming up to you to say, “hello” all the time is a negative thing.
I think it is wonderful.
What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Many have never seen or heard a foreigner. They will need to warm up to your voice and accent.
Living in Pinghu, Zhejiang Provence, China:
Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in China?
You need a teaching visa. If you are are qualified to teach at this school, and accepted, this school may help you apply for such a visa if you can document your teaching experience and university degree, along with recommendations.
What is the cost of living like in China?
Pinghu is a very affordable city. It is small and convenient to Shanghai, yet much less expensive.
It depends on your style of living for the costs. Enjoy Speaking Foreign Language School will provide a furnished apartment to qualified native English speaking teachers, and assist you to become acquainted with all the daily necessities needed to enjoy your stay.
What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Enjoy Speaking Foreign Language School provides an apartment to qualified native English speaking teachers.
What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
You can buy almost everything in Pinghu. If you have to, you can go to Shanghai once a month to get your “Western” fix. There is a Pizza Hut, KFC, and numerous good coffee shops. Maybe because I am not a size 0-3,like most of the Chinese, I miss being able to shop for clothes. I do that in Shanghai.
What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country (e.g. things that are difficult to get in your location)?
– prescription medicines
– index cards
– small appliances-because they are expensive, not because you can’t get them
– small picture book of your town & map
– small gifts-made by hand from your country
What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Zhejiang Provence, China?
I will miss the informality of life in Pinghu. I will miss seeing the cars, trucks, bicycles, e-bikes, peddle bikes, all together on the streets. I will miss the smiles of all the lovely Pinghu people. I will miss the parks and seeing everyone enjoying themselves. I will miss their slow pace and yet hard working spirit.
About Me and My Work:
My Name: Crissy Swartz
Students I’ve taught in China: Babies (0-2 years), toddlers (2-4 years), elementary (6-12 years), adults, business.
Where I teach: Enjoy Speaking Foreign Language School, Pinghu, China Zhejiang Province. Working here for 1.5 years.
How I found my current jobs: Through friends & recommendations.
My school facilities: Very good – This private school has it’s own building. The classrooms are student-friendly. There are teacher preparation rooms, with your own desk. There are plenty of resources, and because it is a training school, you get the opportunity to continue learning and demonstrate your methods. You need your own computer.
Teacher support at my school: Training / workshops, lesson observations, teacher evaluations, peer support / training.
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