School: Shane English School
Location: Dalian, China
Start Date: July 2019
Shane English School in Dalian is a large English language school in north-eastern China. Located by the sea in a temperate climate, the city has everything to offer a modern expat. The school itself is well-organised by an international team that includes both local and native-speaking management. Shane English School Dalian is already one of the brands largest outposts in China, and it continues to grow and seek out new teachers to accommodate new classes. Be part of an exciting, friendly workplace in one of China’s best cities for expats.
- 13,700 RMB per month.
- 5 working days per week with 2 consecutive days off.
- Flight reimbursement up to 4200 RMB.
- 22 days paid holiday.
- End of contract bonus 5000 RMB.
- Health insurance provided.
- Arrival hotel costs covered.
- Visa costs within China covered.
- Teaching Assistant with every class who will assist with marking homework, communicating with parents and classroom behaviour.
- Western Academic Manager who will train and support you both at work and with anything needed outside of work.
- All courses have complete course guides and syllabus guides. This takes pressure off you (the teacher) and frees you to concentrate on how to develop your teaching, rather than worrying about what to teach.
- Close welfare support. The school will meet you at the airport and assist with finding accommodation, setting up a bank account, getting a local sim card and general orientation.
- Lots of opportunities for career development (Teacher Management, Teacher Training, Marketing and Sales, Publishing, Teacher Recruitment) with Shane English Schools both nationally and internationally with schools all over Asia. As well as opportunities at the multiple head offices in varying departments.
- Teaching hours: 20 hours per week
- Office hours: 4 hours per week
- Class sizes: 12-14 students per class
- All lessons take place inside the schools. Sometimes teachers need to teach in branch schools.
- We provide all the books, CDs and teachers resources needed to teach our curriculum. We also have many educational toys that teachers can include in their class.
- Each classroom has a projector and screen and internet access, it’s easy for teachers to demonstrate to students.
- Teachers are welcome to bring any music, games, or teaching materials that they think will improve their classes.
- 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 (No TEFL? No problem. Find out more about Saxoncourt’s FREE TEFL.)
- a clear criminal background
Why Teachers Love Dalian
Dalian is a seaside city located in the North-East of China. Here they say that on the map, China is shaped a bit like a chicken; if that’s the case, Dalian is around the beak area. The population here is about 6 and a half million though you wouldn’t guess it. It’s generally got great air quality and it is a lively, cosmopolitan city.
It’s a modern city, but you will also find quite a few historical sites dotted around the place. In its history, it has been occupied by the British, the Japanese, and also the Russians. You can find the architecture and cultural remnants of all three.
There are lots of things to see and do when living in Dalian:
- Western Bars, pubs, western & Chinese restaurants
- hiking spots
- seaside swimming and/or BBQ
- TaiChi in the park
- one of the largest city square in the entire world (Xinghai Square)
- a yearly beer festival in the square with beers from all over the world
Plus there’s the annual Dalian marathon for those fit enough to participate. Enjoy it all with great blue skies using a modern subway system or cheap and convenient buses. While you enjoy the city, make sure to meet friendly people who are used to seeing foreigners around (though, travel outside the city and you’ll likely be stared at!).
Dalian is a city that once teachers come here, they won’t want to leave for another city. Come and see for yourself. We have a large community of expats from all countries that come to visit, end up loving it, and live here for several years.
How far will your salary go?
According to numbeo.com, here’s what you can expect to pay in Dalian:
- Basic Lunchtime meal – 29.50 RMB
- Monthly public transit ticket – 80 RMB
- Mid-range dinner for two – 140 RMB
- 2 movie tickets – 115 RMB
- A domestic beer – 8 RMB
- Cappuccino – 22 RMB
- Gym membership – 267 RMB
Why Teachers Want to Work at Shane English School Dalian
Shane English Schools Dalian has been in operation for 15 years. Right now, they have 3 campuses with a total of over 1000 students enrolled in the school. All 3 campuses are in super convenient locations so teachers never have to travel far. The schools are all very close to supermarkets, shopping malls, restaurants, and the Dalian metro system.
They have an international and professional team of 11 foreign teachers and 12 teaching assistants. The school has an excellent staff retention rate, with half of the current foreign teachers having stayed with the school for over 3 years. Staff dinners and outings are often organized to add more family feel to the professional working environment.
I’ve been working at Shane English School, in Dalian, for approaching four years now. I honestly couldn’t be happier with my placement here. The school has expanded and relocated since I’ve been here which reflects the school’s ambition. When coming to China to teach and live it can be daunting as there are so many horror stories about how schools here can mess you around with pay or scheduling etc. I experienced this very thing at my first school here in Harbin. Shane is professionally run with a great and friendly team of Chinese support staff who will do anything and everything you need them to in order to settle in here well. The location of the school is perfect for everyday tasks such as grocery shopping but also close by to a hub for foreigners to relax and socialize. I can’t attest to every school here, but from the ones I’ve experienced here, Shane is by far the easiest and most accommodating to work for.
2015 to present
Shane English School has been a wonderful school to work for. From the initial process of interviews through the visa process and our first few weeks in Dalian, the Shane English team made my family’s transition from the USA to China simple and extremely welcoming. I have always felt comfortable being a member of the Shane English team in Dalian. The foreign teachers and the Chinese Teachers are friendly, helpful, and make the days at work enjoyable and fun. Any time I have had any questions or concerns, the staff at Shane have made themselves available to answer the questions and help find solutions. This was my first experience working for an English School overseas and it honestly couldn’t have been any better of an experience and I’m very glad to be a teacher with Shane English School in Dalian.
2018 to present
From the moment I arrived in China and was met at the airport – apprehensive, travel-stained and (very) jet-lagged – Shane’s staff were always on hand to ensure that I was able to adapt to life in this new country as quickly and smoothly as possible. They were always ready and willing to help with any problems or difficulties, both inside and outside the school. Living so far away from home, in a country like China it is really important to know that there are people there on hand to have your back in case of any difficulties. Shane’s staff definitely helped in this regard, allowing me to easily adjust to my new lifestyle.
In terms of classes, I thoroughly enjoyed my time teaching at Shane. Although inexperienced when I arrived, I found that I was quickly able to learn, adapt and develop as a teacher – and a big reason for this was the way in which other foreign teachers and Chinese staff were always on hand to offer help and advice whenever needed. Support was always on hand at the school, which helped me settle in and enjoy my time teaching.
While the lesson aims and expectations were clearly set out for me, I also had the freedom to adapt lessons to fit my own teaching style, including any additional activities I felt would be beneficial (and fun) for the students. Having the freedom to teach in a way which best suited me really made me feel valued as a teacher, rather than just being seen as a classroom ‘prop’, which was very important to me. Teaching hours were also not excessive, so I had plenty of time to explore in and around Dalian (and beyond) in my spare time.
Overall, as a city, Dalian is a great place to live, and as a school, I found that Shane was a great place to work. Classes are fun (although this is of course mostly down to you as the teacher) and the work atmosphere is open, friendly and co-operative. I have moved on now but if I were to ever go back to teaching kids in Dalian I would be more than happy to return to Shane.
2014 to 2016
China isn’t for everyone but I’m certainly glad I came here. Life in China is what you make of it. You can truly grow as a person and teacher if you open your mind and spirit. You will certainly look at the world differently than you did before. Chinese food, culture and society are extremely different than what you probably think it is. You certainly appreciate the different intricacies of the world in a greater context than you did before. I’ve also learned much about Irish, South African and British culture since being here since you work with people from various countries.
I teach a vast array of fluency levels within our school. I teach four-year-olds just learning the English language on Wednesdays and competent fifteen-year-olds eager to ask life about America on Saturdays. Most of my classes are filled by ten or eleven-year-old students. I enjoy interacting with the kids and putting a smile on their faces.
2016 to present
I have been with Shane in Dalian for a year now teaching English from small groups to one on one classes. Working with group of people from different countries, cultures and backgrounds is an amazing experience. Assisting new and old teachers with my background in teaching and life itself and also learning from them gives you the support needed to improve.
Dalian is an amazing city as you have everything you need to live comfortably. From western styled restaurants to Chinese restaurants, Walmart and Carrefour where you can find some western foods and ingredients if you love cooking. Winter snow and lights being put out for the Chinese New Year makes this city especially beautiful during winter times. All modes of transport; from using taxis, busses to using the subway makes it easy to travel through the city.
2018 to present
Meet the Academic Manager: Paul Murphy
I’m Irish, and I have been with Shane for what is coming onto six years now. My background back in Ireland is in Art & Animation and it’s what I studied back home. I came to China for a very similar reason to many others: I wanted to try something new, to travel away from home, and to discover a bit about the world and myself.
I’ve been teaching for close to eight years (six in Dalian). I have learned a lot about myself in this time and grown personally as a result. Teaching here in China has been a very, very rewarding experience (not without difficulties, but such is life). Taking the plunge to leave your own country and come here, frequently without knowing anyone prior to arrival, is not for the faint of heart. But it develops you as a person in many different ways. It matures you, it opens your mind, and working with kids keeps you creative with a young heart. You’ll learn a lot about interpersonal relationships as you’ll work with staff from differing cultures. You’ll learn to think on your feet.
My role here is both manager and teacher. I started out, like all do, as a new fresh off the boat teacher, not knowing the many mysterious ways of the teaching world but eager to learn. You receive training, but the best training you’ll get is in the classroom, when you walk into your own class, with your own kids, 14 young faces eager to soak up the knowledge from the foreign teacher (and have plenty of fun while doing it). I was then after a time promoted to head teacher and then to management to help the current and new teachers (and those yet to come!) work better and liaise with the Chinese side of the school, as understandably differences do arise when there is a clash of cultures. But it’s a healthy clash, and we do our best to work around issues and make the school a better place to work. We work hard to promote a family feel and make sure all our teachers are comfortable both in their working life & at home.
In my spare time, I like to write and illustrate. In my time here in Dalian, I have had the time to publish 5 books for children owing in large part to the very generous schedule in the school, which affords the foreign staff a lot of time off. I don’t think I would have been able to accomplish this if I were still working 40 hours a week back in Ireland. I also love hiking, and Dalian is a great city if this is a hobby. It’s one of the things I enjoy most about the city. It’s also got a varied restaurant and bar culture, and a busy nightlife. It’s a beautiful seaside city, and I don’t see myself moving from it anytime soon.
We are always happy to assist new teachers coming over and welcome all prospective teachers to join the family. Being open-minded, and accepting of new challenges, is a plus. Being young at heart is a must.
Meet the School Manager: Rainbow Huang
Hi, my name’s Rainbow. I’ve been working for Shane for 3 years now. Before I joined Shane, I previously worked for several golf clubs with foreign PGAs. Being a golf club AGM is, of course, a lot different to being a school manager, but I can certainly relate some of that management experience to the work I’m doing now.
Working at Shane has not only been a fun and enjoyable experience, but also an extremely rewarding challenge for me. Helping the school grow and achieve its goals and targets has meant that I have also been able to develop myself and achieve my own personal goals, which has been highly satisfying for me.
When I first joined Shane we only had one school, but over the past three years we’ve grown and developed Shane Dalian together, and now we have two additional branches. I love working with our team – both Chinese and foreign colleagues are friendly, highly professional and devoted to the job.
I feel really lucky and honored to be part of the team. And I’m extremely thankful to all the people I work with at Shane; they have made my job both possible and gratifying, due to their hard work, support and trust.
I’m looking forward to welcoming more foreign teachers to our team, and to expanding our schools together!
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.