Paid Teaching in China

Project Overview

China is increasingly recognizing the need to open up to the Western world and integrate English as a common international language. This has sparked a new requirement that all schools primary level and above must teach English as a core subject to their students – with only one problem. A severe shortage of English teachers.

In the TEFL program, you will help to ‘bring English alive’ to Chinese students through the use of conversational and written practice. Your assignment will involve supplementing the lessons from the Chinese teachers of English and their classroom assistants through conversational practice in both spoken and written English. The focus is for students to build upon the English vocabulary and grammar ‘first base’ that many students have reached, and help them to attain fluency as well as improve their examination marks in order to get into a good university, and get a good job.

You do not need to be an expert in the complex rules of English grammar, as you will learn everything you need to know in the provided training. Throughout your time in China you will also be assisted with cultural awareness and Chinese language lessons throughout your training. You will also receive assistance to explore China and take short activity breaks during your weekends and time off.

Your practice teaching placement will be agreed between you and one of our contact schools at the end of your training period. Once there, you will help children learn the 4 essential English skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in English with more confidence and improve their motivation to want to learn more.

Previous teaching experience is preferable for this role, although not mandatory. However, excellent spoken English is required.. We especially welcome people who have never visited China before. It helps to have a fun, outgoing and caring personality!

What's included
  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation
What's not included
  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa

Project Itinerary

Your itinerary begins with 4 months of mandatory training courses, followed by 4 months of practice teaching. After you have completed these 5 months of training and practice, we will find you a paid teaching position if you wish to remain in China.

After completeion of 3 weeks of Training courses + 4-months of practice teaching, you will recieve a TEFL Certificate which is recognized by China’s Education Department. The monthly salary will be around 500 Euros. 500 Euro will be provided as bonus of completion when completing the 4-month teaching at the end of semester.

You will expect to spend on average 18+ hours per week teaching, this is spread over a period of five days between the hours of 9am to 6pm (these days and times will vary if you are teaching a privately run ‘training centre’)

Training Schedule

Week 1: Introduction

Monday to Friday

During this week you will recieve an induction, and quickly come to feel at home in China. During your induction you will usually be with groups of people from many different countries who are undertaking our ‘Cultural immersion week’ as a prelude to commencing their visit to China. You will be looked after by (English speaking!) Chinese co-coordinators – and there is only one rule: that you feel able to ask anything you want to know about China and its culture, customs and history.

Week 2: Intensive Teacher Training

Monday to Friday

The second week of your training to teach English in China focuses more intensively structuring, lesson planning, and delivering your lessons through guided practice. You will also observe English lessons by current teachers, and learn how to make the bess use of a Chinese assistant teacher.

Week 3: Training/Placement Option

Monday to Friday

Depending on your prior teaching experience and qualifications, you may be placed directly into your placement by this week, or may continue to receive more training following on from week 2’s training.

Week 4 & Onwards

Monday to Friday

You are now in your 4-month, paid, practical teaching internship in different schools. Typically (however not always) the teaching placements are available in the following areas:

  • Jilin Province
  • Guangxi Province
  • Guangdong
  • Zhejiang Province
  • Shandong Province
  • Shangxi province
  • Hu’nan Province
  • He’nan Province
  • Zhuhai

 

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