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  • How much money should I take with me when I come to China as a newcomer? How should I transfer money back to my own country? 18/09/2017

    Recently, I have found many sending me emails about the money they should take with them when they come to China.   I would recommend that ESL teachers should take at least $1,000 with them. If your benefit package doesn’t include free apartment or include housing allowance, you need to prepare money to pay the rent. In China, you need to pay at least four months, which is including three months rent and one-month deposit.  About the housing allowance, the school usually will pay you not at the beginning of the contract according to your contract.   ESL teachers also can withdraw money from their bankcards. They can bring their bankcard from their own countries and use it in the Chinese ATM. However, there are charges occurring when you take money from the Chinese ATM. You’d better figure out the fee the bank charges when you take money from another country.   ESL teachers can take their own countries’ money to China and exchange it to RMB in China. If you’re afraid that the currency is not very good in your countries, you can change a little bit in your country and exchange other in China. Some foreigners may like to exchange their money to dollars, and then take it to China.   If the school you are working with provides free apartment for you, you’d better take some money with you too. Since the salary will pay at the end of month, you need some money to make you live for a month.   In conclusion, if the school doesn’t provide free apartment for you, you’d better take $2,000 with you. If the school offers free apartment, you still need to take $1,000 with you. Remember to take some money in case that you may need it.   After..

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  • Try to learn the differences between China and western countries while teaching in China. 12/09/2017

    When you are considering , you have a lot of things you need to know in advance, so that you could teach well in China. Cultural differences between China and the western countries Whether you’re teaching Chinese students in a western setting or there’s only one Chinese student in your class, and whether your Chinese students are from Mainland China or elsewhere, the Chinese culture is very strong. Your students will make better progress if you understand and respect it. And if you’re teaching in China, then it’s essential to understand the cultural background for your own comfort. Here are some of the most obvious and relevant differences:   The importance of education and attitude towards teachers and homework From the Chinese viewpoint, education is very formal and serious, and teachers are expected to tell students exactly what they need to know. Students are expected to respect teachers, work hard and do lots of homework in order to succeed. Sometimes the appearance of studying—being present (though not necessarily alert) and learning lists of words—seems to be more important than being engaged in learning.   Styles of education and learning in the school, student behavior and motivation In Chinese education, factual information is important, fantasy is not; science wins over arts. Students expect to be taught steps to solve problems. Teachers must not be questioned or challenged. Reading is simply the decoding of information and facts rather than a pleasurable occupation or discovering opinions to be responded to. So it comes as a surprise to them—whether within a mainstream western school or with a foreign teacher in their school in China—to find that they’re expected to problem-solve, without necessarily being told exactly how. There could even be more than one answer to a question. You’ll want to facilitate and model problem solving, and your students should be..

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  • How and when do you need to collect documents before coming to teach english in China? 05/09/2017

    Foreigners coming to are becoming more and more. Most come after getting a legal working visa. Some apply for a tourist visa or business visa first then come. No matter what type of visa you will get, you should collect some necessary documents for that and find out how it works and how long time it will take. Before looking to teach in China, you had better investigate visa things and what documents you need to collect and how much money you should save for that. So you don’t have to feel panic. There are mainly two types of schools recruiting foreign teachers. The documents you will need to collect depends on which type of school you will choose. Public schools and international schools usually start the new semester in the beginning of September. If you want to work for them, you should start preparing all the paperwork before you sign a contract, especially when it’s close to the new semester start. All schools will prefer you to be there when the new  semester begins. If you want to come after getting a working visa in your country, and you haven’t gotten your documents authenticated at a , it will take 1-2 months to process and finally come. I’m afraid most schools couldn’t wait until then, mainly because their students couldn’t wait. You could come on a tourist visa first, and then apply for a working visa in China. The problem is whether you have all the necessary documents for getting a working visa. If not, I’m not sure whether you can get them done in China. As far as I know, few foreign teachers got their authenticated documents in China, they usually got them in their own countries then fly to China, just in case it couldn’t be done..

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  • Fewer labels in search of ESL jobs, more chances you will be hired 23/08/2017

    March and September is usually the peak seasons to look for .Many foreign teachers are seeking for next semester. Many of them are exellent native teachers. So we need to think how to help foreign teachers find better jobs quickly and how to help schools to hire more suitable teachers.   It’s common that foreign teachers have their own preferences when looking for , such as location, school type, student age and salary. And schools in China also have different requirements for foreign teachers. It can be understood that when these foreign teachers,who have already worked in China are in the search for new jobs, their expectations for salary and other aspects have been increased a lot. Many foreign reachers are not willing to give the dream of big cities, which brough a lot of difficulties for our recruitment. Every time you ask, "where do you work now" "Shanghai". Then basically you don’t need to ask where they want to work later, 99% will stay in Shanghai.Big city have more opportunities, but the competition is very intense. When there is a good job,it will be filled very soon,because there are too many teachers look for ESL jobs there. So when other good teachers are in the market, there are no jobs to place them. When I first worked as a recruiter, 10000RMB was a good salary. But recently many teachers are asking for 20000RMB. It’s really very very hard to recommend.Those teachers are excellent, with good qualifications and academic experience. They also have all the visa documents ready. But their requirements are too high to find a good school to match, especially in those big cities with many talents. Few schools are willing to pay a high salary plus free accommodation and flight allowance. Take Shanghai as an example, nearly..

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  • What foreign teachers do after arriving at a school to benefit their future development? 15/08/2017

    It is easy to be employed to for schools, but it is not easy to stay for a long time and have a better development. It is a common phenomenon that many foreign teachers find a new job every year, but if you are not a foreign teacher with a very rich teaching experience, this is not very beneficial to your career planning. Frequent changes in the work unit led to some schools to think that you are not very stable, all schools are hoping to employ long-term foreign teachers, so that your treatment will become better every year, it is likely to have the opportunity to be promoted and have a higher position. In any case, dealing with the relationship with the school, doing your own work well is very important, you will benefit. There are some foreign teachers and schools signed with each and after the teachers arrive, they will encounter a variety of situations, which not only affect their normal work, but also lead to both sides misunderstanding and unpleasant experience. First of all, the apartment is a more common problem, a foreigner came to work in China, housing is one of the things they care about, this is understandable. But some schools were not ready for a suitable apartment before they came to school, and some schools were not sure whether the foreign teachers they were hiring would eventually come, so their plan was to wait for their teachers to came and arrange apartment. Some foreign teachers are very concerned about this matter, they will feel that the school is not fully prepared, and does not attach importance to this matter, it is not true actually. The school has their worry. If you encounter something like this, first find the intermediary that helped you find this..

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