Is previous teaching experience necessary to teach English in China?
The requirements for teaching states that you are from a northern European country and can speak fluent English, have a Bachelor’s degree and have the willingness to share the English language with local Chinese students. Having some teaching experience will count in your favour, when going through the application process. Our Chinese partner agency or school will give you a training period for teaching Chinese students before you start to work in China.
What kind of schools are there? How many students are there in one class? How approximately does the working schedule look like?
We have both public schools and private schools. Most of our schools are public schools including elementary, middle and high schools, with the age of students ranging from 4 to 17 years old. There are 20 to 55 students in one class.
Your duties as an English teacher are to help improve the spoken and written English of all the students. You are going to teach from Monday to Friday for 18-24 hours a week, usually with no office hours and with the weekends off to rest. If you teach at a private school, the size of the classes will be much smaller. You will have two days off during the week but not on the weekend.
Which city can English teachers go to?
The city the English teacher will go to depends on the matching procedure and the wishes of the applicant. Teachers are usually placed in the central, southern, and eastern parts of the country. These schools are typically in small cities and urban areas. This will give you the chance to experience the real feeling of China. If you would like to be placed in a bigger city such as Shanghai, Beijing or Shenzhen, do let us know as we have connections within these cities, and we will see what we can do for you.
How about the teaching materials, do I need to prepare them? What should I prepare for teaching Chinese students?
Our partner school will prepare the right teaching materials for you. After your arrival you will be sent to a hotel for a few days, or there will be an apartment ready for you. After having acclimatised, our Chinese staff will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the office. You will have training at the office and receive your teaching material at the same time.
Before you leave for China, you’d better prepare one demo lesson. After you arrive at our partner office (school), they will ask you to give a demo lesson to show them your teaching skills. They will give you some advice after your demo lesson.
When should I move to the school, who will pay for the travel expenses?
After you have finished the training, our partner company will help you move to the school. The company or the school will pay for your travel expenses from our partner company to the school.
Will I receive any assistance during my first class?
Yes, of course. The local teacher will help you with teaching in the first week. If you have any questions you can always ask the designated person who is responsible for you.
Are over hours mandatory?
Before you start to work, you will get a work schedule. If the time isn’t included in your working hours, you can easily refuse or ask extra payment from the school. If desired, the English teacher can always contact us.
What can I do if I get sick during the week? Can I take a day of sick leave?
If you get sick and don’t feel well enough to teach, please contact your personal adviser as soon as possible to inform them about your situation. How many days are reserved for sick leave is clearly written in your contract.
Can I be transferred to a different school if I don’t like my current school?
Yes, it is possible for us to relocate teachers who can’t complete his or her job at the current school. But our company needs at least 4 weeks to arrange it for you. We kindly suggest that you inform us at least 6 weeks in advance if you want to teach at a different school.
Can I stop my working contract earlier in case an emergency situation occurs in my home country?
Yes, the company and the school will terminate the contract if the emergency situation is deemed serious enough.