Welcome to Summer Programs 2013 in China

Host: China TEFL Network, Zhejiang University(14th year)

Location: Established in 1999, China TEFL Network of Zhejiang University has been working in collaboration with a number of schools in the province of ZheJiang (see the Map of ZheJiang)as well as other provinces in China. Our head office is located in the Downtown of Hangzhou, ZheJiang - which is famous for its beautiful scenery around West Lake.

We operate year-round, however every year our Summer Programs run from mid July until mid August - offering 2-4 weeks programs for our local Chinese students and teachers. We are currently in partnership with schools in the cities of Hangzhou, Taizhou, Wenzhou, Ningbo, Jinhua, Quzhou, Lishui, Huzhou, Zhuji, Jiaxing, Shaoxing and Yiwu and some other places around China.

Program A: From July 9 to July 22 (2-week student program)
Program B: From July 9 to July 29 (3-week student program)
Program C: From July 15 to July 28 (2-week teacher program)
Program D: From July 15 to August 4 (3-week teacher program)

The primary purpose of our Summer Program is to improve skills in spoken English -with an emphasis in conversation (for students) and teaching methodology (for teachers). Overall, our goal is to have fun while we improve the listening and speaking ability of our students and the teaching methods used by our local English teachers.

Students Program:

It is our intention to provide a "summer camp" atmosphere rather than an academic one. This concept is still fairly new here so we are all learning as we grow. Each school will provide some regular classes in addition to your English summer programs. Those who attend these camps pay for our program so we ask that you not only show some zest in your lesson plans, but also some professionalism in your teaching style. You will be looked upon as an example in the school and community - kindly consider this with your daily disposition.

Lesson Planning:

As a Summer Program teacher with students you may be responsible for up to three different age levels. The age of students varies from school to school (7-18 years). Be prepared to show some flexibility with your lesson plans, as you may not know the age of your students until you arrive. Class sizes can range from 20-50 students and may run from 8:00 - 11:30 AM and 2:00 - 5:30 PM. Each class runs for about 40-50 minutes with a ten-minute break in between. The workload in our schools is typical for all of with an average of 5-6 periods a day for 5-6 days a week - usually with Sunday's off.

Foreign teachers who will attend the summer program are required to bring some teaching materials and plans with them. However, all summer camp schools are equipped with computers so you can always find more resources through the Internet. Your teaching material for students can be photocopied during the program (free of charge) and used in your classes. And for our summer programs, you may want to consider topics like: transportation; holidays and festivals; food and beverages; family; relationships; your country; travel; the world; pollution and recycling; sports and hobbies; animals and/or pets; success; stress; health; habits; and any others that you may find interesting.

Only a few summer camp schools provide ready-made booklets that can be used during your classes. However, these copies are usually provided with limited number of copies, so always have a back-up plan for these and all of your classes. Foreign teachers are also suggested to share resources amongst one another and leave samples behind for the school to use in the future. This is a wonderful way for all of us to learn about various cultural practices from around the world. The more we share - the more we learn.

In the past, our foreign teachers have used games, role-playing, songs, movies (DVDs), and music (tapes and CDs) when teaching their classes. Like all schools, sometimes teachers have difficulty with the equipment while others have had no problems at all. Please be prepared to locate and test out the equipment before your class. Many have found it very valuable to bring photos, props, and clippings from magazines and newspapers to be used in your classroom setting as 'a picture says a thousand words'.

Teachers program:

If you choose to teach our local teachers, you may find quite impressive as their skills range from average to competent. But they also want to improve their listening and speaking skills too. In addition, they are interested in learning how classes function in foreign countries so be prepared to share strategies and techniques that you would use when teaching a lesson to children in your homeland. As an example, perhaps you use small groups; clap your hands to sound out the number of syllables in a word; set up a debate; use movement; music; and other ideas. What is valuable for them is what works for you and why - and what doesn't work as well.

You may want to consider reviewing learning styles - how some children thrive on hands-on experiences and love to move around, while others prefer to be absorbed in a book and sit still while you lecture. Share and show them how you would blend these styles when you set up a lesson plan so that you can accommodate everyone in a classroom. Perhaps be prepared to discuss learning disabilities and children with other set backs. There are many options available for you to discuss and this is exactly what our teachers will want to do with you. They are eager to engage in deep conversation and will often ask for your personal opinion.

Whether you are teaching our students or our teachers you are free to set up your lessons as you wish. However, when you prepare a good variety in your lesson plans the participants not only enjoy it, but they learn more too.

Teaching Assistants:

You may be provided with a 'teaching assistant' (TA), but do not expect one as this service is not always available for you. If you get a TA, He/she will help interpreting during your classes. Often the younger children need a little help in this area as they are merely just being introduced to English during their regular school term. Many schools only start to offer English lessons at age around age 10 so a TA can really come in handy. If the children go to a private school they will start their English lessons by age 7 or 8. Of course, we want to speak as much English as possible while in you are here, but translation and interpretation seem to be a necessity on occasion.

If you use your TA as a 'team-teacher' it is a wonderful opportunity for them to learn from you as well. Many TAs will make a mental note of your style, methods, lesson plans and all that you do so include them as part of the group and everyone will have much more fun. Be sure to give them copies of your handouts so they can follow along and help you to teach the students.

School Facilities and Activities:

Our summer climate can be quite hot and sticky so classrooms will either have air conditioning or ceiling fans. If you wish to run your classes outside, this is acceptable, but consider the time of day and the heat that everyone will be exposed to. Keep in mind that our students enjoy learning new games and burning off energy just like every other child in they world so if it is too hot to go outdoors many teachers have the children push their desks to the walls and use the classroom for activities as well. Consider China’s situation, activities like bushing walking during summer are not recommended.

In the evenings, some the schools will have large group activities. Sometimes your presence and even your participation are expected. It can be lots of fun to prepare something with other teachers or maybe you could teach your students a song and dance (if time permits). If you have a hidden talent, some schools may have guitars or other instruments available for you to use - so just ask. Be prepared as the Chinese version of 'talent show' and 'camp fire' may be a little different than what you are familiar with, so kindly remember that this our way of sharing a little of our culture with you.

Most schools will have all that you need - photocopier, TV, DVD player, tape recorder, computers, Internet, telephones, and even laundry. In case the school does not have a campus computer room with free Internet connection there is usually a nearby Internet Bar, which you can use at your own expense. It is very cheap with only 1-5 RMB Yuan per hour (about USD 15 cents to less than one dollar per hour).

It is our intention to be hospitable and try to make you feel safe and comfortable. This is what we have in mind, so kindly adhere to our requests as many schools are gated and may have policies around leaving the school grounds. We would appreciate your cooperation in this area, as each school will function differently.

Accommodation and Meals:

Many of our schools have dorm-type accommodation to accommodate our foreign teachers. If not, a local hotel will be used while you are teaching. Off site locations are usually near the school to make it easier for transportation. In most cases, you will be able to walk to your school.

If in a hotel we will only pay for the basic room service - anything else will be at your own expense (E.g. laundry, telephone, pay-TV, and internet, etc.). Single rooms may not be an option(unless you are the only one left without school dorm-type room, so whether you are in a dorm or in a hotel please be prepared to share a room with another (same sex) foreign teacher. Please be aware that teaching couples are generally accommodated in the same room. Check sample hotel for reference.

If the school you are assigned to has a cafeteria you will be provided with three free meals a day. If not, foreign teachers are given a meal allowance to eat somewhere else in the community. If this is the case, you will be given your entire meal supplement at the start of the program. You will get some meal stipend of Rmb675 yuan for 3 weeks program and Rmb450 yuan for 2 weeks program. Please budget your finances, as the amount given will be adequate to accommodate your entire meal schedule.

For the few days prior to and after your Summer Program you will be required to provide your own meals. We have many restaurants and supermarkets throughout Hangzhou city as well as other cities, so you should have no difficulty in finding something to suit your eating preferences.

Your accommodation will include two nights before and after the program in one of our local hotels in Hangzhou (close to our main office). The rooms are designed for two people, with two single beds, air-conditioning, telephones, and washroom facilities.

If you are accepted in our program it is expected that you will arrive two days before your contract start date in order to attend a general meeting and to allow time for you to be relocated to your assigned destination. Please be aware that we will supply your transportation to your school community in order to ensure that you are at the right location for the start of your Summer Program. We will also ensure that you will be returned to our office at the end of your work term.

Transportation and Insurance:

The foreign teachers are responsible for their own international and domestic airfare and transportation to and from our Hangzhou office. If traveling from outside of our recommend that your destination be to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. You will then need to travel to the city of Hangzhou by local bus or train. For foreign teachers already in, please choose Hangzhou as your destination.

Although one month Accident Insurance of China Taiping Insurance for covering the accident will be purchased by CTN for our teachers, please be advised that you are responsible for your own travel and medical insurance during the Summer Program. We will not be liable for any difficulties you may experience during your time with us.

Program and Salary:

Program A: two weeks student program from July 9 to 22: Rmb3500 plus possible Rmb450 for meals
Program B: three weeks student program from July 9 to 29: Rmb5500 plus possible Rmb675 for meals
Program C: two weeks teacher program from July 15 to 28: Rmb4000 plus possible Rmb450 for meals
Program D: three weeks teacher program from July 15 to 28: Rmb6500 plus possible Rmb675 for meals

Vacancy and Qualifications:

Each summer we accept nearly 100-300 teachers from around the world. We have a very large program that involves a lot of planning. Please be patient with us as we try our best to organize the program to suit our school's needs.

We work on a first come, first serve basis so please apply as early as possible. Our deadline for applications is always on May 30th. Our hiring committee gives preference to:

1. Native English-speakers and those from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (USA) as well as Ireland and South Africa.
2. Those who have graduated from university with an English major
3. Those who have TEFL certification (optional)
4. Those who have an Art related educational background
5. Couples who want to teach in China
6. Teachers with experience in China as well as in other Asia countries like Japan and Korea.
7. Teachers with personal confidence and good communication skills

We consider many things when we consider you for our Summer Program. The list above merely indicates some of our 'preferred' considerations.

Please note that applicants with no TEFL, TESOL certification will only be accepted conditionally and will get two thirds of the related program salary while doing the same work as others.

Documents & Passport: Every teacher should submit an online application form first or contact our recruiting managers and then waiting for instruction to send his or her resume and a passport copy (the page with your number and photo) to Case Manager of HR Dept before they will be formally accepted.

Visa Info: Please be aware that there is a 7-step process before you are formally accepted in our Summer Program. Every foreign teacher interested in our program should submit an online application form first. We will advise you when it is time to apply for your Chinese Visa. You cannot apply for your F-type Visa without our invitation letter. This letter will have an official seal on it, which is required for your application.

You may want to consider doing some research about the Chinese Visa Application process in your country. In some cases, this F-type Visa is only valid for 3 months from the date of application. Please monitor your dates wisely when planning your time and booking your flights.

Airport and Train Info:Make a travel plan when you get the visa. Better to arrive two days before our program begins. Keep us informed of your travel schedule. Teachers should be responsible for their own airfare and transportation to our head office in Hangzhou. Shanghai Putong International Airport would be the best destination. Then take an airport bus or go to the Shanghai Railway Station to take a train to Hangzhou. If you arrive at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, you can also take an airport bus to downtown Hangzhou, and then take a taxi to our Summer Hotel Wen-er Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, (see the Hotel Map here) to register at our Summer Program Office, China TEFL Network, Zhejiang University.

Any other enquiry or concern please calls Case Managers of HR Dept at
telephone +86-571-88234567ext. 8013 / 8012
mobile +86-13757132907 round the clock.

Start Dates and Expectations:

Please be aware that, for example, if your contract starts on July 9th we ask that you arrive at our office on July 7th so that we know you are here for the start of your Summer Program. Our office hours are 8:00 AM - 5:45 PM, Monday to Saturday, and that we usually have a rest period between 12 noon and 2 PM.

If you arrive in Hangzhou and our office is closed you may want to consider staying at the Summer Hotel on Wen-er Road (see the Hotel Map here). This is where many of our foreign teachers are accommodated when they first arrive. If you have any problems when you first arrive, please call our main contact, Case Managers of HR Dept at telephone +86-571-88234567 ext. 8013 / 8021 or at mobile +86-13757132907 (around the clock).

Meeting Schedules: We will hold orientation session a day before our program begins in the meeting room of China TEFL Network (16 Floor, Blue Sky Business Center, 18# Moganshan Road, Hangzhou) to give our teachers an orientation and all the details of the programs.

Application Deadline: May 30, 2013

Application Process:

1. Review the details of our Summer Program 2013 at http://en.chinatefl.com/SummerPrograms2013/summer13.html
2. Submit the online summer application form at http://en.chinatefl.com/SummerPrograms2013/apply.html
3. Wait for a response, then send your resume to Case Manager of HR Dept through e-mail admin@helengroup.com or admin@chinatefl.com with subject of 2013 Summer Program
4. Send a photocopy of your current passport (the page with your passport number and photo) to Case Manager of HR Dept at e-mail admin@helengroup.com or admin@chinatefl.com or fax to +86-571-88234511/88234517
5. When advised, submit the online contract through http://en.chinatefl.com/SummerPrograms2013/contract.html and wait for our confirmed contract to be emailed back to you
6. Send back our confirmed contract with the date and your signature on it as an attachment to Case Manager of HR Dept through e-mail admin@helengroup.com or admin@chinatefl.com or fax to +86-571-88234511/88234517
7. Wait for our official Invitation Letter to be emailed to you
8. Print off your Invitation Letter and take it when you apply for a Chinese Business Visa (F Visa) at your local Chinese Embassy in your country

Note: Your acceptance will only be confirmed after you have completed the process and have received our official Invitation Letter. PLEASE BE ADVISED¬you should only supply the Invitation Letter to your Chinese Embassy - not the contract.

Any problem please call Case Managers of HR Dept at telephone +86-571-88234567 ext. 8013 / 8021 or at mobile +86-13757132907or send e-mail to admin@helengroup.com or admin@chinatefl.com

Participants of our Summer Programs in the past 8 years: (Summer Photos)

Beverley Ann Wimmer, Joleen Renee Welborn, Hendrik Jozef Kockaert, Bethel June Carveth, Michael Ray Olson, Bruce Edward Prince, Karin A Esposito, Sasha Afsharha, Lee A Person, Marianne Arlene, Stephen John, David Ellsworth Lynn, Diane Abraham, Elisa Faye Fattig, Jennifer Price Joffe, Amy Beth Roskilly, Irene Lynne Fairfield, Joseph Cherian, Rachel Lee, Carl Buchalet, Daniel Phelan, Alexandra Phelan, Kathleen Alison Black, Joanne Curren, Hanfu Mi, Missy Eckman, Josh Eckman, Nathan Tong, Nancy byway, Susanne Valeska Bohne, Viktoriya Basina, Bethany Lynn Groves, Blaine Willis Grunewald, Bonnie L Puckett, Dmitri Korshunov, Dechaine Guy Jocelyn, Jeffrey Michael Hartman, Jonathan Dale McGregor, Kathy Jiang, Kristen Farr, Laurie Baker, Lorraine Joan Brooks, Lynette Barnes, Martha Tapley, Matthew Bloomfield, Michael Stetka, Randell Jackson, Ria Paterson, Rebecca Linton, Sheelagh Conway, Susan Chew, Wendy Quinlan Gagnon, William Menz, Donna Irene Sharkey, Mikelle Charlebois, Joanne Kathrine Rossignol, Michael Badali, Shawn Rubin, Marion Dreyfus, Megan Bender, Christina Smits, Diane Iris, Dennis Yee, Ann Craig, James Mahler, Terris Morris, Roberto Varona, Nancy Heffernan, Mark Hobbs, Jonathan Sande, Joseph Tendler, Erin Rebecca Slaten, Jared Vidovic, Jennifer Longfellow, Erica Goettler, Charles Mathews, Ronnie Smart, Peter J Cillie, Alex Robert Flannery, Ann Sorensen Craig, Emma Joanne Mills, Kenya Ato Brown, Khusminder Sidhu, Lisa Beth Lindeman, Jorge Sanchez, Christina Halldorson, James Griffiths, Jena Ferguson, Helen Elizebeth, Duncan Richard, Elizabeth Han Clow, Elizabeth Richey McHugh, LESLEY JACOBSEN, Richard Chee Keong Lian, Helen Wing See Acton, Vinson Loric Huber, Alana Gill, Richard Chee Keong Lian, James Whitlock Banner, Ona Katrina Flindall, Stuart Andrew Henry, Frederick Eckersley, Michael Grant Sibongile, Moses Preston Tribbey, Gregory Jan Klimes, Gary Edwin Thoreson, Chris Flanagan, Pamela Jean Laird, Sarah Reagan, Monica Grace Lee, Colleen Bowen, Matthew Allen Hodgin, Joanna Mary Farrer, Trevor Coatsworth Watson, Daniel James Gee, Peter Andrew Blenkinsop, Marcin Gabriel Chojak, Agnieszka Chojak, Dori Heedum, Jason John Caruana, Charles Peter Bothma, Karen Lisa Sample, Christina Julie Smits, Roberto Varona, Jurjen Romke Baaijen, Jonathan Joel Sande, Megan Jennifer Bender.........................

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