School: Shane English School
Location: Shijiazhuang, China
Start Date: IMMEDIATELY
Shane English School in Shijiazhuang is expanding to accommodate the growing demand for English education. It is a regional transportation hub that offers all the conveniences of modern living without the over-the-top bustle of some of China’s supercities. Shane English School in Shijiazhuang offers new and old teachers alike a very competitive salary with the opportunity to teach English to the next generation of one of China’s fastest growing cities.
Salary and Benefits
- 20,000 RMB to 24,000 RMB per month (based on experience and qualifications)
- 27 working hours per week
- 2,000 RMB end of contract bonus
- 4,000 RMB flight reimbursement
- 1 week of comprehensive training, paid for by the school
- 22 days paid holiday, including national holidays
- Health insurance provided by the school
- Airport pickup
- Arrival hotel paid for by the school 3 days
- China visa costs covered by the school
- 22 teaching hours per week
- 5 office hours per week (including prep time)
- 2 consecutive days off
- teaching students aged 3-14
Shane Shijiazhuang includes at most 27 working hours per week – which includes 22 teaching hours a week – and a maximum of 108 hours monthly. Most of the time is at Shane English School, Dimoma Center.
School management will arrange kindergarten classes and primary school classes based on working hours. Classes at Shane Shijiazhuang usually has 8-12 students per class. We set classes based on students’ ages and their English levels. All the students will be 3 and 14 years old – kindergarten, elementary, and teenaged.
The school uses Shane teaching materials and will supply a basic training course for new teachers. Later on, there is additional teacher training and research activities at the language centre. We have computers, internet access, and interactive whiteboards in classrooms to help teachers make the most of 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
Why Teachers Love Shijiazhuang
Shijiazhuang – often called ‘Shiz’ by the expats who call it home – is probably one of the fastest growing cities in China. Originally it was built up around a knot of train lines and it has amazing rail connections from here to practically all places in China. Beijing is an hour away and Shanghai, Xian, and even Guangzhou are all easy to get to by high-speed rail.
The local airport cheaply connects to a whole bunch of other places and you can even fly direct to Thailand for some fun in the sun. If you’re keen to explore locally, it’s a fantastic hub to explore a massive country!
Shopping is covered by a large range of department stores scattered across the city covering all tastes, from cheap to designer brands, imported products, and endless electronic goods. There’s a wide range of market malls in the north that is an experience entirely unto themselves, or you can just order online from Taobao and have your shopping delivered directly to your door.
There is a bunch of bars in a mall complex called Wanda that cater really well to foreigners, and a Western bar chain called Ellen’s is really popular (and better priced, too). Clubs can be a little pricy but worth the price if you’re looking for a good party!
For some good healthy fun in ‘the Shiz’ we’ve also got hot spa complexes, a large zoo with a funfair, an indoor swimming pool, an aquarium with mermaid shows, an ice rink, a whole range of cinema complexes from Imax to 4D, an indoor garden, a ski slope, and bowling alleys.
The Shiz is also surrounded by mountains that are great for hiking, and also a whole range of culturally significant places that make for really pleasant day trips. There’s an ancient city called Zheng Ding about thirty minutes away by bus to the North that has some incredibly well-preserved pagodas and relics from ancient China.
There’s always plenty to do in Shijiazhuang, and most foreign teachers have a really great time. A year will fly by so quickly that you’re almost sure to do a second.
How far will your salary go?
According to www.expatistan.com, here’s what you can expect to pay in Shijiazhuang:
- Basic Lunchtime meal – 38 RMB
- Monthly public transit ticket – 93 RMB
- Mid-range dinner for two – 200 RMB
- 2 movie tickets – 95 RMB
- A cocktail at a club – 29 RMB
- A pint of domestic beer at a pub – 24 RMB
- Cappuccino – 32 RMB
- Gym membership – 312 RMB
Why Teachers Want to Work at YOUR FANTASTIC SCHOOL
Teachers would love to hear about what it’s like to teach at your school from you and your teachers, so paint a picture. (And also include some pictures.) What makes your school special, if not unique? What’s the team like? Do you have any fun amenities at the school or nearby? Anything to make your school look and feel like a special place to be will go a long way towards bringing in the kinds of teachers you want.
It might also be nice to include the number of students, the size of the team, and a bit about them in a short description. And please save yourself a few thousand words of description and send us some photos of the school (approximately 1000 words per picture or so we’re told). Teachers will feel a lot safer putting that pen to the dotted line when they can see what they’re signing up for.
I’m a teacher. This place is awesome. Would recommend teaching at YOUR SCHOOL to any of my friends, their friends, and their hairdressers.
I gave this school the best 15 years of my life. Worth it.
Great students. Great staff. A joy of a work environment.
Best group of people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. And the school lunches were good, too.
I love my time at YOUR SCHOOL. I’m moving on to a Director of Studies position in OTHER SHANE SCHOOL, but I’ll miss everyone.
Meet a Current Teacher: Gareth
My name’s Gareth and I’m a teacher at the Shane English school in Shiz, I came over to China over a year ago looking to see more of the world outside of the UK and challenge myself through new experiences.
I love living here and have found the city to be a busy metropolitan hub of activity, on my day’s off I’ve travelled far and wide across the North and love finding out new things and unravelling all the mysteries that make this culture so special.
Shijiazhuang is a compact brand new city that’s easy to travel around and explore, it’s grown so fast that basically, all the people here come from everywhere else, giving it more of a modern vibe than most cities in the North. It’s accessibility means finding things to do is simple, and it’s a fantastic travel hub to every other place here.
I’ve found China to be different in many ways from life in the UK but I’ve had lots of help fitting in here, from my colleagues at the school and the good people of the city. In my time off work I love travelling around the city, drinking coffee and watching sci-fi series.
Meet the BOSS
If you can provide a quick write-up about the boss – a manager, owner, or another higher-up – then that also goes a long way. Even something direct from the boss that we can translate would be amazing.
Just like the introduction to the TAP, it would be good to include some of the boss’s qualifications, experience, and thoughts on running a school.
Again, note the photo: professional but not too stiff. And taken in a neutral background.
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.