School: Shane English School
Location: Beijing, China
Start Date: IMMEDIATELY
The Zhichun Rd school was the first Shane to open in China and now operates as the head office for both Shane English Schools China and Saxoncourt. The students have a high level of English and teachers enjoy a relaxed schedule of only 20 teaching hours per week. Located right next to the busiest subway line in Beijing, teachers can commute easily and enjoy a variety of food options that surround the school. The Director of Studies will also be close at hand to provide teachers with academic assistance and initial orientation to Beijing.
Salary and Benefits
- 18,000 RMB per month.
- 5 working days per week with 2 consecutive days off.
- Up to 4500 RMB flight reimbursement.
- 22 days paid holiday.
- 4000 RMB 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, 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.
- 20 teaching hours per week
- 5 office hours per week (including prep time)
- 2 consecutive days off
- teaching students aged 3-12
- 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 Beijing
Beijing, one of the world’s megacities, is the second largest city in China, and one of the oldest cities on earth.
Located in northern China, this city of contrasts is steeped in history and home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, while also housing the largest number of Fortune Global 500 companies in the world. Its unique mixture of art, culture, architecture and diverse cuisine make it a travellers playground.
And travel you can. Beijing is a central travel hub that allows its residents to travel anywhere in China with absolute ease, while the international airport makes it easy for teachers to take a quick trip home.
But if you’re keen to keep it local, Beijing is often referred to as the bicycle capital of Asia, and there is no better way to explore what the city has to offer.
Teaching in Beijing offers a great opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a city that dates back millennia but still has so much to discover.
How far will your salary go?
According to numbeo.com, here’s what you can expect to pay in Beijing:
- Meal for 2 at a mid-range restaurant – 200 RMB
- a ticket to the movies – 60 RMB
- 1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500 ml or 1 pt) – 10 RMB (25 RMB for an import)
- 1 month of gym membership in business district – 375 RMB
- Monthly tickets for public transport – 200 RMB
- Combo meal in a fast food restaurant (e.g. Big Mac) – 35 RMB
- Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in a business district – 30 RMB
Why Teachers Want to Work at Shane English School at Zhichun Rd
Zhichun Rd school was the first Shane school to be opened in Beijing and also operates as the office for Shane/Saxoncourt in China. This makes the school an appealing place to work for several reasons: It is well-established with a settled staff and student base. Many of the students have been studying at the school for years and can speak really good English – which makes it easier to communicate with them and helps you to understand both your students and China. There are also younger students, and teachers can grow professionally as they experience teaching a range of classes and textbooks. There are only 20 teaching hours a week, which mean teachers have the time and space they need to develop professionally as well as plenty of opportunity for ongoing training, workshops, and continuing professional development. Previous teachers at Zhichun Rd have used the experience they have gained working here to work their way up within the company.
The school has a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere, and the staff and teachers support each other well. This helps newly arrived teachers adjust to their life in China and enjoy themselves right from the start. You’ll be supported to find the right apartment, and all your visa, utility, and other services will be set up for you. Teacher retention at the school is good – with all teachers who have taught at the school since 2015 extending their contract at least once.
In terms of location, the school is in a great place – right next to Walmart! Teachers from outlying areas travel into the store, so it being next door is a bonus! There are a variety of western and local food options close to the school which are great for lunch. Wudaokou, 1 stop by subway, is popular with students and has a lot to do for more exciting nights out. The school is also next to the busiest subway line in Beijing (line 10). This means that going to the centre of Beijing (Sanlitun/business district) only takes 30 minutes. Living near the school provides easy access to all Beijing amenities and attractions, without the extra expense of a central apartment.
I’ve worked as a teacher for Shane English Schools in [the Zhichun Rd school] for three years now, and it’s been a thoroughly positive experience from beginning to end. I feel very fortunate to have worked in such a friendly, supportive, and professional environment.
The other members of the team have always made my life and work much easier. They helped me to settle in when I first arrived, and have continued to support me over the course of my time here. Whenever I have questions or concerns about my classes, I feel comfortable knowing that our Director of Studies is always on hand to offer guidance and support. The TAs are friendly, hardworking and eager to help you in class as much as possible.
There are complete course guides for all of our courses, there are textbooks and tests ready to be used, and there is a wide range of teaching materials readily available, from books and flashcards to toys and stationery. With all of that taken care of, you’re free to focus on making your lessons as effective and fun as possible.
As for the students themselves, they range from kindergarteners to young teens, and they’re a delight to work with. It’s been immensely rewarding seeing my students learn and grow over the three years I’ve known them.
I couldn’t have asked for a better place to work for the last three years, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Shane English Schools to anyone looking to teach in Beijing.
2015 to 2018
Living in Beijing sounds intimidating at first. The thought of an enormous amount of people in a space where the native language isn’t English can be overwhelming. However, after living in Beijing for almost a year, I can say that it has been a great experience and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here. Yes, there are a lot of people here, but it’s surprisingly spread out and open. I’ve never felt uncomfortable by the number of people around me. The language barrier is nothing to worry about. Everyone is friendly and most establishments have English and pictures, so it’s easy to get what you want, and the prices are cheaper compared to a lot of Western countries. This city is full of amazing places to visit and pass your time.
Everyone knows about the great wall of China which is easily accessible, but there are many other spots to consider. Such places are the Summer Palace, Forbidden City, Lama Temple, Ming Dynasty Tombs, the Olympic Stadium, and many others. If history isn’t your thing, there are an extraordinary number of restaurants that have new and delicious foods to eat. I’ve been to many restaurants and have had great food every single time.
If you like fitness, there are plenty of gyms to go to. I’m currently exercising at a gym and the employees are very helpful, even with their limited English skills. There’s so much to do in this city, from movies to the opera. I recommend anyone thinking about it coming to Beijing to go for it. You won’t be disappointed.
2018 to present
Advice for teachers coming to Beijing:
If you enjoyed doing it at home, keep doing it here. We can help get you set up so that you can continue your hobbies and doing what’s important for you. This will help you settle in more quickly and enjoy your time more.
There’s a really friendly crew in Beijing and we try and get together and socialize. But teachers that can make their own circle of friends often settle in better. Our existing teachers can help you make your own networks.
Air pollution is getting steadily less of a problem every year in Beijing, but there’s no denying it’s there and when it’s bad, it’s a problem. Our schools have air filters, getting one for your apartment is cheap and will add to your quality of life.
Finally, don’t eat the street food!
Meet the Director of Studies: Steven Owen
Hi. My name’s Steve and I’m the academic manager for Saxoncourt in Beijing. I’m originally from the UK and I have a masters degree in TESOL and applied linguistics.
I’ve been teaching English since 2004, and I worked in Japan for 12 years before coming to China in 2017. I decided to come to China because it would be a new experience for me and offer new challenges.
In Beijing, I work with Shane schools and teachers on academic matters and I’m also involved in materials development and training. I still teach classes, although not as often as I would like. I think it’s good to get the teacher’s eye view as well as the perspective of the company or the school.
I work most closely with newly arrived teachers: after they sign a contract I help them through the visa process and with enquiries about living and working in China. After they’ve arrived we do initial training together, which will involve academic modules as well as teaching and observing each others’ lessons. For the next few months, we continue to work closely together as the new teacher settles into the school and I’m always available for any questions or issues that come up.
Although living in Beijing can be crowded and polluted, the city improves its shortcomings each year and there are easy workarounds to common problems. Plus, it’s an endlessly fascinating city. I don’t regret my decision to move here. I like my apartment, which is close to the school, modern, and has everything I need. After living in rural Japan for a number of years, I appreciate the ease of getting around the city. The food is great, and there are some good watering holes, too!
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.