Shane English School – Nanjing (SESN) began in 2007 and is one of the most reputable English training schools in Nanjing. We currently have over 500 students aged between 3-18 years old. There are currently 10 foreign teachers, 30 local teachers in addition to sales, marketing and support staff.
We have a mature Chinese and Foreign Academic Team. New foreign teachers can not only get appropriate coaching and induction training that they can quickly into practical teaching work, but also full assistance getting integrated into the local community (getting a SIM card, bank account, etc.).
Salary and Benefits
- 16,000 RMB ~ 18,000 RMB, depending on qualifications and experience.
- End of contract bonus up to 4,000 RMB.
- 5 working days per week with 2 consecutive days off.
- 22 days paid holiday.
- Health insurance provided.
- 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.
- Academic Manager will train and support you both at work and with anything needed outside of work.
- All courses have complete course guides and syllabus guides, which can be adapted to your teaching style.
For teachers coming from outside of China:
- Outside China: visa costs reimbursement up to 4,000 RMB (50% can be reimbursed right after arrival).
- Flight reimbursement up to 5,000 RMB (50% can be reimbursed right after arrival).
- Inside China: visa costs 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 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:
- 3,000 RMB relocation allowance.
- Inside China: visa and medical costs fully covered.
- The Teachers’ Welfare Officer will also provide all the arrival and orientation services listed above.
- 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.
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
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 arrived in Nanjing in 2014 after a few years of teaching and personally, it was a leap of faith as I was honestly not very well informed on Nanjing, Chinese culture and how life would be like here. At first it was a bit intimidating, so many things were new. However, Shane provided vital support in training me how to be a successful teacher and help me adapt to life in this incredible city. I loved working at Shane; I worked with some outstanding teachers with a wealth of experience and worked with younger teachers who grew in to excellent teachers themselves. It is a school with outstanding staff and I know for a fact that the teachers at Shane work intensely to provide the students with a high-quality educational experience. Thank you, Shane English Nanjing, for everything I learned and giving me the opportunity to come work in Nanjing!
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.
I really enjoyed working at Shane-Nanjing. Tommy and Vivian are very good bosses and the job was very fun.
You actually get paid to teach cute little kids! Schedules will vary, but most teachers will work in the evening Wed-Fri and all day on the weekends.
It’s a low stress job that pays well and you’ll have enough time to travel all over China and East Asia. There are lessons to follow for the older students and you’ll mostly play games with the younger ones. However, you’re able to improvise your lessons to incorporate your personality and add emphasis to certain points. As long as you show up on time and get the job done, there are no problems and it’s pretty stress-free.
This was my first job in China (and first time out of my country) and I’m glad I chose Shane.
Nanjing is an pretty ok city with a very safe social environment, and very good public transportation system. Because it’s a historical Chinese, there’s a lot to see. Additionally, it is possible to get Western food and coffee in Nanjing.
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.
Academic Director – Ivy Wang
Hi, I am Ivy. I have been working in Shane English School – Nanjing for more than 11 years. I worked as an English Teacher for the first 6 years, and I am the Academic Director at present.
Working at Shane English School has been enjoyable and challenging for me. I first joined the team as a teacher’s assistant (TA), and then I was promoted as the TA manager, helping other TAs grow and the school achieve its goals. I always feel so lucky to witness the growth of children as well as the school which is developing steadily.
I really appreciate that the school has always been giving me and all team members opportunities and trust so that everyone has the chance to try different positions, from which we gain rewarding experiences. I’m truly honored to work with such a great team.
I am also responsible for teacher welfare, providing our foreign teachers with the help and support they need, especially at the start of their new journey in Nanjing. Thanks to everyone I work with and I am looking forward to working with you soon.
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.