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School: Shane English School
Location: Nanjing, China
Start Date: IMMEDIATELY
Shane English Schools (part of the Saxoncourt Group) is one of the biggest British owned TEFL companies in Asia. It has been going for over 40 years and currently has schools in over 13 different countries. We are continually growing and developing and every year looking to open new schools to broaden our horizons.
Shane Nanjing began in 2007 and currently has over 500 students aged between 3-18 yrs old. There are currently 10 foreign teachers, 30 local teachers and many more sales, marketing and support staff.
Most pre-school and kindergarten classes have 15+ students with the older classes having 8-10 students. The youngest classes are 30 minutes and the older ones are up to 1 hour.
Salary and Benefits
- 18,000 RMB to 20,000RMB per month depending on qualifications, experience, and salary expectations.
- 5 working days per week (including Saturday and Sunday) with 2 consecutive days off.
- 22 days paid holiday per year.
- Heath insurance provided:
- Scheme 1 – Teachers may join the School’s group insurance scheme, of which the premium will be paid by the School.
- Scheme 2 – Teachers may purchase his/her own insurance, the School will provide an Insurance Allowance of 1,300RMB.
- For teachers coming from outside China:
- 4,000 RMB reimbursement for home country medical check and document notarization.
- 5,000 RMB flight reimbursement.
- 4,000 RMB end of contract bonus.
- China visa and medical check fully covered.
- The Teachers’ Welfare Officer will pick you up at Nanjing airport, or if your flight’s destination is not Nanjing, the school will help you to travel to Nanjing and pick you up at Nanjing train station.
- The school will provide an apartment or a hotel for the first 4 days while the Teachers’ Welfare Officer helps you find your own apartment and get settled in Nanjing.
- For teachers already in China:
- 7,000 RMB contract completion bonus.
- China visa and medical costs fully covered.
- The Teachers’ Welfare Officer will also provide all the arrival and orientation services listed above.
Academic Manager Job Description
The Academic Manager is to provide support to school administration in the supervising and development of teachers, particularly less experienced teachers. Duties also include assisting the School Manager with promotional, student counselling, and course-related matters. The 4 main responsibilities of the Academic Manager are:
- Teacher recruitment for the school;
- Management of school’s teachers, including Training and Supervision;
- Assisting the School Manager in the successful running of the school;
- Development of course content, course guide and materials to be used by the school.
The Academic Manager will carry out the full range of duties of a teacher (max 10 teaching hours per week) in addition to the specific responsibilities and duties of an Academic Manager. Duties as Academic Manager will involve all factors related to the General Responsibilities outlined above and will include, but not necessarily be limited to:
- Observations of new teachers within the school, and being available for follow-up discussion regarding these observations
- Advising new and less experienced teachers on such teaching and course-related problems as they might have.
- Being observed by other teachers working in the school and being available for follow-up discussion regarding these observations
- Participation in the company’s sales and promotional efforts, particularly through assisting in the organisation of school social events, and being the main teacher attending school open days and performing demonstration lessons
- Proffering advice to the School Manager, especially regarding teachers and courses
- Within established guidelines, and in consultation with the AM as necessary, assisting teachers and the SM to decide on appropriate course materials for each class
- Counselling and advising students on their studies and answering student queries and problems
- Managing teaching resources in the school (i.e. checking resources and texts are all in place and in good condition and reporting to the AM on the need for replacements as necessary).
- Checking that student and class records are in place, are being regularly completed, and are up-to-date
- Ensuring teachers behave in a professional manner in the school.
- Supporting the School Manager in achieving school objectives, particularly with respect to sign-up rates, demonstration sign-up rates, and group/class sizes.
- Providing a completed monthly report to school administration regarding completion of the above tasks
- Supporting the school in the onboarding of new teachers in a mentor-type role, providing advice and help in teaching, school-related and any pastoral matters.
Teacher’s Job Description
Teachers work between 20 – 25 hours per week with an additional 3 office hours. There are occasionally some promotional or seasonal events and classes but these are within contracted work hours.
Teachers are mostly assigned to one location but there are times when they may be required to help at another branch.
Class sizes are a very reasonable 6-12 students per class. Students fall between the ages of 3-16 years old and are divided into classes based on age and ability.
Chinese staff are with you in all classes to take care of communication and discipline.
All the materials a teacher needs are in the school and easily accessible. There is wifi and computers in all the rooms. There are also interactive whiteboards in some of the classrooms and touch screen TVs in the newer rooms.
Teachers are free, and encouraged, to bring whatever outside resources, materials, and ideas to their lessons.
The school offers great opportunities for teachers who wish to advance into positions in operation and management, as well as other programs for career development.
- a passport from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, or South Africa
- a bachelor’s degree or better
- a 120-hour TEFL certificate or better
- a clear criminal background
- 3+ years experience teaching English as either a second or foreign language
Why Teachers Love Nanjing
Nanjing, the provincial capital of Jiangsu, is very much a cosmopolitan city. Benefiting from the international winds that break along the Chinese eastern seaboard and the robust economic growth of recent years, Nanjing has a lot to offer anyone foreigner who chooses to live and teach amongst its leafy boulevards. The trees that line the wide streets of Nanjing are remnants of the first republican governments who imported the deciduous trees from France. Nanjingers take great pride in their city’s periodical sessions as the Nation’s capital, and the city is lined with mementoes to by-gone days. Wrapping itself around the city is the original Ming dynasty city wall, which has a convenient function of giving the city a much smaller and easier to navigate identity. Nothing within the city walls is ever too far away, and the expanding metro lines are connecting the city to itself.
Having spent three years living in the city of Nanjing, I have benefited from its status as a hub city, being able to jump on trains to every corner of China, with many great sights accessible within a few hours. Nanjing benefits greatly from its large expatriate community, with numerous restaurants, bars, cafes and most things you would expect in any other international city. With this in mind, it is also significant that Nanjing has retained a strong Chinese character, embracing some western aspects yet remaining a proud Chinese city. For those who embrace it, they will find justification for why they felt interested in a move to China, and all the more reasons to stay.
Why Teachers Want to Work at Shane English School in Nanjing
Shane Nanjing is a great place to work. We’ve been open for a decade and currently have several hundred students in both the training center and associated kindergarten. Our team includes people from all over the world, most of whom have been with us for several years.
We have a very friendly and semi-casual environment here with a fantastic group of local teachers and admin staff. The school itself is tucked in a courtyard off a major street, easily accessible by transit and minutes away from any amenities one could need, including coffee, shops, restaurants, and fast food.
How far will your salary go?
According to www.expatistan.com, here’s what you can expect to pay in Nanjing:
- Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district – 45 RMB
- Combo meal in a fast food restaurant – 30 RMB
- 1 bottle of good quality red wine – 100 RMB
- Standard men’s haircut – 53 RMB
- Basic dinner for 2 in the neighbourhood pub – 146 RMB
- 2 tickets to the movies – 87 RMB
- Cappuccino in the expat area of the city – 33 RMB
- 1 pint of beer in the neighbourhood pub – 23 RMB
- 1-month gym membership – 269 RMB
I’ve been working here at Shane in Nanjing for five years now. It’s a good company; that’s why I’ve been here that long. They ensure that everything is above board with respect to the legal status of foreign staff. They’re also very supportive. On the academic side, there’s every effort to make certain the students enjoy themselves and leave with a solid foundation in English. It’s a great team of people.
My name is Juan Rossouw and I’m from South Africa. I’ve been teaching in Nanjing for two years and I am very comfortable here. Teaching kids is rewarding and enjoyable. I also have loads of free time to socialize and learn everything I can about China. The nightlife in Nanjing is great, mostly due to all the different Universities. Our Ex-pat community is vibrant and energetic. It’s easy to get around town. Nanjing also has a rich history.
Shane English School helped me adjust to my new life in China and became my ‘Nanjing family’. The school is doing very well and so am I.
Meet the Academic Director – Thomas McCann
Thomas is the academic director of the Nanjing branch. He’s been teaching in Asia for over a decade and has been at Shane Nanjing for five years. He studied English in university before coming to Asia purely out of curiosity. He has worked in Taiwan and Hong Kong and travelled all over the east and south-east Asia. He’s been with Shane for five years, the last two as academic director for the international kindergarten program. He makes every effort to help new teachers get around and acclimated to Nanjing because he knows what it’s like to be a new person in a new place.
Meet the Manager – Jack Chou
Jack is the manager of both Shane English School Nanjing and Vivian’s Wonderland in Wuhu. Growing up in Taiwan, Jack attended Yuan Zu University where he did an EMBA. He has plenty of teaching experience in multiple fields such as Chinese, math, and sport. In his free time, you’re likely to find him chilling out and reading business magazines or playing basketball with friends. When asked what he thinks makes a good teacher, Jack says that having a positive attitude is key to being a leader in the classroom.
More about Shane English School China
We focus on support and development of our teachers and this is done in various ways. On arrival, teachers go through a training session which covers all areas needed to teach the wide array of classes they will have. There is ongoing teacher development in the form of class observations, workshops and team teaching and a supportive and nurturing environment provided to ensure that teachers are able to grow to their full potential.
We feel that it is important that teachers who teach with us in Asia have a well-rounded experience. We encourage our teachers to explore the local culture and neighbouring countries during their time with us.
Our Head Offices are populated with Shane teachers who have grown and developed with the company and then moved up into varying roles such as teacher management, teacher training, teacher recruitment, marketing, sales and other roles.