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
- 15,000 RMB per month.
- 5 working days per week with 2 consecutive days off.
- Flight reimbursement up to 5000 RMB.
- End of contract bonus.
- 22 days paid holiday.
- End of contract bonus.
- 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, other 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.
Most teachers will work around 25 hours per week, generally from Wednesday to Sunday or Mon. to Friday. There are occasionally some promotional or seasonal events and classes but these are within contracted work hours.
We try to keep teachers in one location but there are times when we may need help in another branch.
Class sizes in the training center are a very reasonable 4-12 students. Kindergarten classes can sometimes be a few more than that.
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. We have interactive whiteboards in some of our 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.
- 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
- X teaching hours per week
- X office hours per week (including prep time)
- 2 consecutive days off
- teaching AGE GROUP(S)
- X special events per year (paid or unpaid)
- dress code
And then maybe have a quick write-up if you have any special tasks or requirements on the job. We’ll have a boilerplate description of what teachers have to do, so this isn’t a top priority, but it is an opportunity to make your school stand out to potential applicants.
Why Teachers Love Nanjing
Nanjing is arguably the best city in China. It’s big enough to be a proper metropolis but just below the massive size of Shanghai and Beijing, so it has the benefits of a big city but it’s spared the crushing rat race feeling.
It’s a very green town with a huge lake surrounded by a nice park, and an urban forest draped down the sides of Purple Mountain sitting very close to the centre of town. There are a few other parks scattered around and the city is crisscrossed by rivers and canals that are lined with willows and walking paths.
There is an extensive subway system that stretches out to the rural parts of the city. Buses and taxis are everywhere, as is the Chinese counterpart to Uber. If one needs to get out of town for any reason there are two bullet train stations; one serves the Nanjing-Shanghai route and the other serves the rest of China. The airport is properly international as well; one can fly from there to a number of places in Asia directly or with a minimum of transfers.
Nanjing has a huge number of universities including one of China’s older and best, Nanjing University, so there is a large community of international students.
A number of big foreign companies are also located here. There are a lot of social options and opportunities, too.
Nanjing has a long history so there are quite a few points of interest in town. It’s been the seat of a number of dynasties. There is a huge wall passing through a large part of the city which is a close second to the Great Wall. There are a number of great museums here.
It can get very hot and humid in summer. The winter, spring, and autumn are generally short and Nanjing is spared any severe weather like typhoons or blizzards.
Nanjing is one of the best places in China. It’s modern yet quaint. It’s got a lot going on but it’s easy to find a place to relax. The food is good and the people are nice. It’s a quality city.
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.
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.