Work & Living in China

Working in China

We care about our teachers and we are ready and waiting to welcome you to China and help you start the adventure of a life time.

China is a fast developing country and there are more and more people coming to China to teach and experience the Chinese Culture. Whatever your reasons are for coming to China, you will probably encounter problems you are unable to solve by yourself. This is where the  our Partner Organisation  office can be of great service. We will work with you in finding solutions to any problems you encounter. We will not stop in our efforts until you are satisfied that the problem has been resolved.

Be prepared. Think in advance what grades  you would like to teach. There are ESL positions at Kindergarten, Primary School, Middle School, High School and College / University levels. Learn effective ways to communicate with your Chinese students. Develop a good rapport‘ with your English speaking classroom assistant as they are there to help you and are invaluable in making your teaching successful.

Expanding your own Chinese knowledge would be very helpful. Learn about the Chinese culture and the Chinese Education system. Some schools have last minute changes so try to be as flexible as possible with your teaching. Do not be concerned that some of your students are silent in class. They may respond more as they get to know you. Have a variety of activities in your lesson to make the lesson more interesting. Lastly, do not be surprised by some students‘ lack of response to your questions and other attempts to „reach“ them.  As with students in any country, there are some who do not like school or would rather be somewhere else.  It is up to you to rekindle their interest in learning.  You will not always succeed but when you do, it is a great accomplishment and will give you a wonderful feeling.  Some students may be frightened of you. Remember: you are different.  Don’t give up trying to win them over.  Again, your Chinese assistant can be of great help to you in these cases.  Share your concerns and together attempt to find solutions.

Try to make your teaching as flexible as possible, as teaching in a Primary school in Shanghai would be different from teaching in a Primary School in Qingdao. All schools have their own policies and procedures especially where the Foreign Teacher is concerned. Try to find a good way to communicate with your students, whether it be with flashcards, sign language, body language etc.

Keep a friendly, helpful attitude in class and don’t be disappointed if the students seem to lose passion in your class.If that happens it is probably to do with the communication or that the students can’t understand you that is normal when you first start to teach. Don’t show disappointment if students show less enthusiasm than you anticipated.  This may indicate a communication problem.  Use flash cards, sign language, pantomime or any other means you can think of to get past the language barrier.  A good teacher is also a good entertainer.  Think of ways to keep your audience’s attention.

Sharing is very important. When you are in the class, tell your students where you are from.  Show them on a map or globe.  Share your stories with your students.  Students want to know you as a person; not just a teacher.  The better the students get to know you, the better they will trust, respect, and respond to you. Most students have never been abroad and are naturally curious to learn about the foreign country you come from. Answer the students questions about your home country as this is a topic sure to interest them all.  This will help build an excellent student / teacher relationship.

Try to learn some Chinese.  Your students will appreciate your effort and it will give you a feeling of accomplishment.  This may be difficult for you but, then, learning English is difficult for your students.  They will be delighted to help you with vocabulary and pronunciation.

What ever happens in China don’t give up on your dream to teach and live in China. Most problems can be resolved very easily and we are just a phone call away any time you need help or advice. The team off our Parter Organisation are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. So come and join us! Let us help you enjoy your adventure of a lifetime. We look forward to welcoming you as a part of our family here in China.

Living in China

Moving thousands of miles from home; half way around the world, is both exciting and nerve racking.  You probably think „how will I ever adapt to such a foreign culture and language?“

Don’t panic!  Our Partner Organisation,  do their best to help you feel prepared for your life in China.  We give you as much information as we can before you arrive in China and our help doesn’t stop there.  We continue to help and support you throughout your stay in China.  At TEFL369, your happiness is our main concern.

The following questions have been posed to our teachers.  The answers are a composite of their responses.

1) Did you have any problems getting to China?

No.Just give yourself time to complete all the paperwork required by your country, China, and the school where you may teach. This is not difficult but does take time.  Let us know if we can help you prepare your application and other papers.

2) What was your experience like getting over to China?

Everything went smoothly, I arrived in China late at night I was picked up at the airport, taken to an apartment overnight then taken onto my school the following day.

3) What has been the most surprising part about living in China so far?

How quickly China seemed to become my home.

The students have it a lot harder in China compared to the Western countries, Children of all ages have their time planned for them from day break until late at night.

4) What do you like best about living in China?

Living in different places, seeing different cities for the first time, making new friends. Learning the Chinese culture.

5) What has been the most rewarding part of being a Foreign Teacher?

The freedom I have had in teaching, apart from a few school policies in most cases I have been able teach what I want. Communicating with my students. Most students are eager to learn and want to communicate with you to help improve their oral English

6) Have you found it easy to make new friends in China?

Yes.  Most Chinese people offer their friendship quickly.  Some may even invite you on day trips, sightseeing, and into their homes.  Be sure you look friendly and approachable to everyone you meet: smile! — say Hello!

7) Finally, what advice would you give to someone looking to come teach in China?

Don’t try to control things, you won’t last here. Some schools have last minute re-writes of schedules or activities. Be careful when crossing the street pedestrians do not have right of way. Try to be yourself relax and enjoy your adventure in China.