- What qualifications should one have in teaching in China?
- What courses are required to teach?
- How about the teachin conditiond in China?
- What is the dress code of a teacher while working?
- What teaching resources are available and what resources would be of useful to pack?
- Are there any definate opportunities to do a second year? How many people do a second year and more?
- How do I know that it is a Chinese government authorized education institution that I will be working for?
- Am I sponsored to work in China?
- Does a higher qualification translate to a higher salary?
- What are the holidays for a teacher in China?
- What is an academic hour?
- Do I get paid a travel allowance?
- When do I receive my airfare reimbursement and what is included in this reimbusement?
- Can I organise my teaching hours at my contracted institution into a four day a week timetable to allow time for a second job?
- What does salary mean?
- What documents am I required to provide in order to support my application to teach in China?
- What additional information must I include in my resume/cv?
- Can I apply if English is not my first language?
- What are the main terms and conditions of the employment contract that I sign with my school?
1.What qualifications should one have in teaching in China?
The basic qualifications are: being a native speaker of English, having a minimum BA degree and commitment to teaching, loving China and its people. Clear, well-spoken English and a good knowledge of the fundamentals of English grammar. Teaching experience/certificate is preferred but not a must. For those interested in a long-term career in ESL teaching, however, it is strongly recommended that teaching qualifications be attained. For more information regarding suitable training for ESL positions, please see the Upgrade Your Skills page.
2.What courses are required to teach?
Depending on the particular school you are placed in, you may be asked to teach some of the following courses: English & American literature, linguistics, reading, composition, grammar, cultural survey of English-speaking countries, conversational English and English for Special Purposes (ESP) such as business English. There are universities that need teachers to teach more specialized subjects such as accounting, international marketing and law.
3.How about the teachin conditiond in China?
Teaching conditions and compensation in China vary from school to school, but if you teach at a university, you will be teaching for about 12-14 hours a week.
4.What is the dress code of a teacher while working?
Schools usually advise their teachers to wear, when teaching, smart casual clothing. For a man, this would include smart casual trousers, a long or short sleeved collared shirt (depending on the time of the year) and polished leather shoes. A tie and coat or jacket, are optional. In winter it is a necessity, due to the cold. For a woman, this involves either slacks or a long skirt and a neat blouse with covered or uncovered shows. Generally speaking, the strict dress codes that are enforced in other countries do not apply to China, thus, a 鈥榗lean cut鈥檖resentable appearance is required at all times.
5.What teaching resources are available and what resources would be of useful to pack?
Most teachers have a large range of teaching resources available to them. Sources ranging from computer and internet, DVD/VCD, OHP, tape recorder, photocopier etc. At most schools textbooks are provided for you to use as a guide. Additionally, there are numerous teaching resources that we will inform you of once you ettle in?
If your willing to bring material from your country, I would advise you to bring information on your country relating to, its famous places, cultures and traditions, also newspapers, posters, magazines, books etc. Videos of children programs such as Humphrey, Wiggles, Hi-five, Sesame Street are not available here and would be of great benefit to you, when conducting your lessons, both at your contracted school or privately. Also news programs and other programs such as neighbors etc are of a great advantage.
6.Are there any definate opportunities to do a second year? How many people do a second year and more?
There are many opportunities if you chose to teach in China for a second year. Your options increase as your experience increases in relation oral English teaching. We can certainly assist you with this as the time gets nearer.
Again, peoples reasoning for remaining for a second year and beyond are many and varied. One common thread we would suggest, would be the challenge of teaching oral English and the fact that their expectations in relation to their reasons for coming to China to teach oral English initially were met and exceeded.
7.How do I know that it is a Chinese government authorized education institution that I will be working for?
Almost all schools that are numbered are Govern