PLACEMENTS & TEACHING

PART A: THE PLACEMENT PROCESS

China is a huge country with diverse landscapes, culture, and history. With this variation comes a large range in the experience that you can have in China depending on your location. We understand that not all locations will suite all applicants, with some applicants being more strongly suited for one location than another (i.e. an urban city vs a rural one). Also as applicants are expected to remain within their chosen city for the duration of their placement it is important that we get the selection right first time.

To help us provide the most accurate placement possible we have the "placement process". This process typically begins around April-May time. During this process applicants will be provided with a list of criteria for their preferred city (we say preferred because we can't always 100% guarantee, even though we will try where ever we can!). The criteria will then be used to match the applicant with a location and school that they will begin their visa process with.

REGION SELECTION

Select from a province or just a general area in China i.e. North East, South China.

WORKING HOURS

Pick between a relaxed job with little hours to a more strict environment with office hours.

SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Pick between a school has a standardised school curriculum to one that is free for the teacher to adjust to their preferences.

AGE DEMOGRAPHIC

Applicants have the possibility of teaching students from Primary schools, Middle schools, High schools, or Universities based on their preferences.

CLIMATE

Applicants may have a preferred climate in-mind from Beijing which has four very distinctive seasons to Guangdong where it's warm most of the year.

PROXIMITY TO OTHER TEACHERS

Applicants may choose to be near or with other teachers on the programme. Alternatively, they may prefer to live in an isolated environment to get the most from the experience.

TYPE OF CITY

Applicants have the choice of selecting between a more traditional city or a modern city.

SPECIFIC LOCATION

Applicants may already have a specific city in mind and may be set on going to that city. If that is the case we can do the best we can to make sure the applicant gets that specific city.

FREQUENTLY ASKED PLACEMENT QUESTIONS

WILL I BE PLACED ALONE?


We understand the concerns from our applicants about being alone in a new country which is why we will do our very best to place our applicants accordingly. During the placement process, each applicant will have their choice of preferred region, as well as if they would prefer to live very close, within proximity, or far away from other applicants. We hope by giving this choice to our applicants we can prevent any of our applicants from feeling completely alone. Alternatively, For applicants that express a preference to be placed alone we can provide our applicants with a school/institution that is more isolated from our other applicants. We leave the choice completely up to our applicants through the 'preference' form.




WHY CAN SALARIES VARY SO VASTLY BETWEEN PLACEMENTS?


We understand if you are coming from a western country you may find it difficult to understand how the salaries can vary so widely depending on location, however it is important to understand that the spread of wealth in China is much wider than that of a western country. This means that the cost of living can be more than 2-3x as high in a very developed city compared to a smaller developing one. All of the salaries provided by the schools we work with are more than the average salary in each location and will provide our applicants with the ability to save a significant proportion of their salary each month.




WHEN WILL I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MY PLAEMENT?


Around May/June applicants will begin to start receiving interviews carried out by their chosen schools followed by contracts for all the successful applicants. The contracts will detail all of the information outlining their placement e.g. salary, accommodation, holidays, start/end dates. IMPORTANT: In order to protect our applicants we require that each of our applicants send us a copy of the contract that they receive from their placement school BEFORE they sign it (Failure to do so will mean that we cannot ensure that the contract contains what we have outlined.




IS MY PREFERENCE GUARANTEED?


No, we can and never will guarantee your preference as some factors can and are out of our control sometimes. What we will say, is that we will do everything we can to get you the placement that will provide you the best experience that we can provide.





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PART B: THE TEACHING

For the majority of our applicants this will be the first time they have ever stood in the front of the classroom and taught. It's easy to understand why this may seem like a daunting and uneasy task that puts some people off applying altogether. This fear is quickly lost however once applicants begin teaching at their school and find out that the job is a lot more fun (and less scary!) than they had initially expected.

FREQUENTLY ASKED TEACHING QUESTIONS

HOW CAN I TEACH WITH NO TEACHING EXPERIENCE?


It's an understandable statement "How can I teach? I have no previous experience." Don't worry, our programme has been setup to help people without previous teaching experience (as well as those that have). This is why in-addition to the 120-hour TEFL course that we included, we also provide a 2-week summer camp for applicants to attend and get used to teaching before going to their schools. All the schools that we partner with are also aware that many of our teachers are new to the field and are ready to provide support through the form of a TA (teaching assistant). The teaching assistants role is to help you get settled into your class and provide support when needed should it be classroom management support, assistance around the school, or feedback on classroom materials.




WHAT ARE SOME GENERAL TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES?


Applicants are expected to follow the general working responsibilities of any school/company such as being punctual, completing lesson plans & PPTs, and teaching lessons to a suitable standard. For most schools applicants are typically expected to help students with their speaking and listening abilities while many of the grammar and writing elements are left for their Chinese English teachers to teach. Applicants may or may not be required to follow office hours (around 50% of schools have this rule in place). If a school has office hours it means that the applicant must remain at the school for the duration of the school day i.e. 8AM to 4PM. For applicants that have this rule they can use the time to complete lesson plans for future lessons, or practice a new skill (i.e. learning Chinese). Applicants may also be able to negotiate not having office hours with their school once they have been at their school for a while. A few of the stricter schools may require a dress code to be worn for the day, however this is typically not the case at most schools. A few schools may have other lessons addition to the standard curriculum covering topics such as Science, Art, and Sport in English (For applicants wishing to teach another subject this can be requested during the placement process).




HOW CAN I TEACH STUDENTS WHEN I CANNOT SPEAK CHINESE?


Schools hire native English teachers to provide their students with an immersive English speaking environment. For those applicants that teach at middle school level or above it is very likely that many of the students in the class will have at the very least some conversational skills (as these days many students in China have a good comprehension of English). This is especially true for the largest cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. For applicants that teach at a primary school you should be provided with a teaching assistant in all of your classes (and if for some reason your school doesn't provide one it's something that you can ask your school for). The teaching assistant has two main roles in the classroom. The first is to keep the students listening and to make sure that they are behaving correctly. The second is to make sure that students understand what is being asked of them. The TA will act as a translator for any of the harder material during the lesson. Applicants at primary schools may also be encouraged to use more pictures and interactive elements to improve understanding and engagement.




WHAT DOES A GENERAL CLASS TIMETABLE LOOK LIKE?


The timetable of an applicant teaching at a school really does depend on the school that they are placed with. Some applicants get extremely lucky and find themselves teaching only 5 lessons per week while a few unlucky teachers could have up to 28 per week (around 35-40 mins per class). A general rule for the number of lessons is how central the school is in a city. If it is in the downtown area you are more likely to have an average of 20-25 while if you are in a suburb or less developed city you may have around 8-10 classes. Applicants that select the standard option should receive a placement that is towards the lower end of the spectrum while those on the Pacican option are more likely to have the higher end.




HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE IN EACH CLASS?


Just as with the timetable it is impossible for us to tell you until you arrive at your school as timetable planning can change at any given school. The only thing we can do is work on the feedback from previous teachers at those schools to provide a rough estimate of the number of students that the school will have per class (and the likely timetable scheduling). Some schools have been known to have as little as 15 teachers in a single class with a good estimate being around 35-40 students in a single class.​ This sounds like a lot and it is more than we are used to in western countries but is more than manageable once an applicant develops some teaching experience and has a teaching assistant present in the room.





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