School: Lado Management Consultants
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Start Date: July 2019
Lado Business English Specialists is now conducting interviews for full-time business English trainers to join their team in central Taipei City. The firm provides professional on-site business English training solutions to a wide range of established international and domestic firms. The training services provided help organizations improve the quality and effectiveness of their external and internal English language communications.
Lado prides itself on providing high-quality language courses that enable clients to operate more effectively in their particular business environment. Their customized courses cover business skills such as delivering presentations, participating in meetings and teleconferences, negotiating, networking, emailing, and report writing.
The ideal candidate will have a business background as well as a minimum of 4 years of relevant business English teaching experience.
Salary and Benefits
- Flexible schedule of between 20 to 25+ contact hours per week (no minimum guarantee).
- NT$800 per hour for training, assessments, original program design.
- NT$500 per hour for unbilled client meetings (of the meet and greet type, which are rare), and updating training plans (e.g. describing new training approaches adopted, etc.).
- NT$200 to NT$350 travel fee per class for central Taipei.
- NT$1500 for delivery of workshops.
- Unlimited (and unpaid) vacation (with reasonable notice to arrange cover).
- Work Permit provided.
- Health & labour insurance and pension payments provided.
- Deliver training courses to corporate clients on site, Monday to Friday between 12:00 and 21:00.
- Facilitate highly dynamic 1-on-1 coaching and small group programs.
- Teach off-the-shelf courses to small- and medium-sized groups.
- Source/develop training materials appropriate to client needs.
- Manage learning processes aligned with clients’ goals and expectations.
- Report internally and externally on training results.
Lado’s clientele is typically well-established professionals coming from a wide variety of industries. They are generally highly educated and strongly motivated to improve their English, as it is a skill that is often essential to their career development. English levels range from beginner through to highly advanced. Group sizes range from 1-on-1 up to a maximum group size of 10. The needs and levels of all clients are carefully assessed to ensure that effective training outcomes are always achieved.
- Bachelor’s degree in any discipline (or an Associate degree with TEFL certificate)
- Native English speaker from UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or South Africa
- Minimum 4 years’ language-training experience with adults
- Patient, flexible and full of enthusiasm
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills and strong analytical skills
- Ability to adapt quickly and proactively to meet client needs
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Fluent computer skills for producing professional training materials and client reports, and using online training and administrative tools
Lado is looking for professional English language trainers, ideally with a background in business and/or corporate training. The firm offers a comprehensive range of training courses, using a variety of both published and in-house materials that target a range of levels. Lado also offers fully customized course designs, where the training materials, as well as testing and assessment formats, are fully tailored to the specific needs of the client.
Please note that there are no costs to the applicant for the recruitment process; however, successful candidates will need to bear the cost for the required entry visa, resident visa, and/or Alien Registration Certificate (ARC) as necessary based on country of origin.
Taipei is the bustling, cosmopolitan capital of Taiwan. A financial hub for the entire region, Taipei is home to both home-grown brands and international companies. There is no shortage of opportunity here for an enterprising startup or established company from abroad.
Though expensive by local standards, Taipei boasts an excellent quality of life for a very reasonable price. Taiwanese cuisine ranges from street food to haute cuisine, but most is amazing regardless of the price tag. There is lots to see and do in Taipei; you could spend a lifetime exploring its busy thoroughfares and winding alleys and never discover it all. Locals are friendly and welcoming, and an active expat community adds international flair.
Like most big cities in Asia, Taipei has a multinational vibe with a wide variety of food, products, and services available to cater to your needs. The public transportation network is fast, clean, and punctual. There is a very active night scene that includes the usual suspects of bars, pubs, and clubs of all kinds, but it also includes night markets, all-night restaurants, KTV, and more.
But unlike many cities, you’ll never be far from nature and green spaces. With wide river parks snaking through the city and tree-coated mountains sprinkled through the dense urban mass, there’s always a run or a hike within a few kilometres. Some trails – like the Xiangshan Trail – can be either a short jaunt before a nice meal or a full-day affair. And while not on the coast, a day trip to the beach is not out of reach.
Taipei is one of the gems of eastern Asia. Truly, there’s something for everyone in this remarkable modern city.
How far will your salary go?
According to numbeo.com, here’s what you can expect to pay in Taipei City:
- Basic Lunchtime meal – 120 NTD
- Monthly public transit ticket – 1280 NTD
- Mid-range dinner for two – 800 NTD
- 2 movie tickets – 600 NTD
- A domestic beer – 80 NTD
- Cappuccino – 90 NTD
- Gym membership – 1400 NTD
Established in 1993, Lado Management Consultants has grown to become Taiwan’s premier provider of corporate English language communication solutions to Taiwan’s Fortune 500 firms and their equivalents by offering professional quality English language training and consulting services.
Their product range includes:
- Customized Training Programs
- Professional Workshops
- Language Auditing/Benchmarking
- Customized Course Design
- Testing and Placement
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!