SUMMER CAMP & TEFL
PART A: BEIJING SUMMER CAMP
We understand that for many of our applicants arriving at their placement school will be the first time they have ever taught in a classroom setting before. This is why we have partnered with CEAIE & MF to provide an intensive course on how to teach real students.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
The camps take place in August of each year (across Beijing)
The duration of the summer camps are between 1 and 2 weeks long
All of the accommodation, food, and sight seeing trips is FREE for the duration of the camp
Applicants will be teaching in-front of real students (sounds scary! but it's VERY good practice)
Attendance to the camp is COMPULSORY for applicants that have their VISA documentation ready in-time.
Applicants will have time to go on a sight-seeing trips to historical sites nearby Beijing (including The Great Wall of China, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City)
PART B: 120-HOUR TEFL
Also included in our programme (for FREE!) is a 120-hour TEFL course. TEFL which stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language is one of the accepted certificates in China (necessary to get a valid working visa). We believe it is a useful course that provides applicants with the fundamentals of teaching and classroom management.
As part of our policy of removing the financial and application stress from our applicants we decided to include the 120-TEFL within the programme. This means that unlike other similar companies our applicants don't need to worry about the TEFL being accepted by China (or pay the £100 fee just to receive the TEFL course).
THE TWO SECTIONS OF THE COURSE:
Part A (60-hours): Is completed during the VISA application process (around April-May) and is done online. The course includes different teaching methodologies and cultural differences between teaching in China and the west. The course also goes through typical cultural differences applicants are likely to experience living in China.
Part B (60-hours): Is completed alongside the Beijing summer camp (3-day course) in a lecture style environment (a bit like university). Applicants will learn more theory about teaching and practice some of it alongside other applicants at the camp. At the end of the 3-days there will be a final test and applicants will be awarded their TEFL certificate.
OTHER COMMON QUESTIONS
WHAT ABOUT IF I DON'T MAKE IT TO THE CAMP?
We never want to think about the applicants that don't make the camp, but we understand as a part of life things don't always go according to plan. For those few that find themselves missing the camp we will arrange an alternative solution for the applicant to receive an online version of the TEFL instead. All of our applicants can be rest assured that you will make it successfully to China.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE CAMP?
Applicants will be expected to fly directly from their country of origin to Beijing in August prior to going to their school. Applicants will have their luggage with them for their year in China including some clothes and santitary items, however for the camp itself applicants don't need anything in particular. If applicants can it might be helpful to bring a USB, laptop (and adapter), and a small notebook with a pen.
IS THE SUMMER CAMP ONE BIG PARTY?
The camp isn't Freshers week China edition, it's hard work! Long tiring days teaching real students in a new challenging environments. The summer camp is a proven success having been run for more than the last 10 years by CEAIE. We expect that all of our applicants can treat the summer camp in a serious way as to provide serious benefit to them. That's not to say applicants won't have any time to explore the city. During the summer camp applicants will be taken around Beijing's landmarks sights such as the forbiden city, temple of heaven, tianamen square, and the all famous great wall of China. At the end of the camp their may be a chance to fit in some "night-time exploration" with a "non-alcoholic" beer or two 🤪.
WHAT ABOUT IF I FAIL THE TEFL?
Don't worry about passing the TEFL. The actual qualification is relatively straightfoward and every year just about every teacher that applies for the test successfully passes it. The test does also have the chance of retaking it for any applicant that does fail the test the first time.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE TEFL?
The TEFL is seperated into two parts A. a 60-hour online course, and B. a three day intensive TEFL course during the Beijing summer camp. The first part (A) can be completed over the period of around 6 weeks (an hour or two per night).