Teach English in Dalian (China)
This large English language school is located in north-eastern China. Situated by the sea in a temperate climate, the city has everything to offer a modern expat. The school is well-organised by an international team that includes both local and native English speaking management, who have created an exciting and friendly workplace. This is one of the chain’s largest outposts in China, which is looking for new teachers to accommodate new classes.
Teach English in Dalian and you will discover for yourself why the city is considered one of China’s best cities for expats!
Your Teaching Assistant will assist you with marking homework, communicating with parents and classroom behavior.
All courses have complete course and syllabus guides, so you can concentrate on how to develop your teaching, rather than worrying about what to teach. The school provides all the books, CDs, educational toys and other teaching resources needed to teach the curriculum. You are welcome to bring any music, games, and other teaching materials to adjust classes to suit your style. Each classroom has a projector and internet access, so it is easy to demonstrate something to students.
Salary and Benefits
- Up to 18,000 RMB (2,780 USD) per month.
- 5 working days per week with 2 consecutive days off.
- 22 days paid holiday.
- Covid-19 insurance.
- Visa assistance and costs within China covered.
- Airport pickup, and arrival hotel costs covered.
- Flight reimbursement up to 5,000 RMB.
- Up to 12,000 RMB salary advance.
- End of contract bonus of 5,000 RMB.
- A western Academic Manager will train you and support you with anything needed outside of work.
- Close welfare support. The school will assist with finding accommodation, setting up a bank account, getting a sim card and general orientation.
- Opportunities for career development (teacher manager, marketing and sales, publishing, HR).
Job Requirements to Teach English in Dalian
- 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 yet? Get discount on a course.
- A clear criminal background.
Why Teachers Love Dalian
Dalian is a seaside city located in the North-East of China with about 6.5 million inhabitants. If China is a bit shaped like a chicken, Dalian is around the beak area. It’s generally got great air quality and it is a lively, cosmopolitan city.
Although it’s a modern city at heart, you will also find quite a few historical sites throughout the place. In its history, it has been occupied by the British, the Japanese, and also the Russians. You can find the architecture and cultural remnants of all three.
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While you teach English in Dalian, you will have plenty of other things to see and do in town:
- Seaside swimming and BBQ
- Tai chi in the park
- One of the largest city squares in the entire world (Xinghai Square)
- A yearly beer festival in Xinghai Square with beers from all over the world
- Chinese and western restaurants, as well as western bars and pubs
There’s also the annual Dalian marathon for those fit enough. Enjoy it with great blue skies, a modern subway system and cheap and convenient buses. The friendly city people are used to seeing foreigners (travel outside the city and you’ll likely be stared at!).
Once in Dalian, teachers don’t want to leave for another city. See for yourself!
Why Teachers Like Teaching at the School
The school has been in operation for 15 years and currently has over 1000 students. All three campuses are close to supermarkets, shopping malls, restaurants, and the Dalian metro system.
The school has an international and professional team of 11 foreign teachers and 12 teaching assistants. The school has an excellent staff retention rate, with half of the current foreign teachers having stayed with the school for over three years. Staff dinners and outings are often organized to create an enjoyable working environment.
Because of this, we are sure you will love to teach English in Dalian!
Develop your skills
We focus on the development of our teachers. On arrival, teachers go through a training session to cover the full array of classes they will teach. Ongoing teacher development takes place in the form of class observations, workshops and team teaching. The supportive and nurturing environment makes sure that you will grow to your full potential.
We feel that it is important that teachers who teach in Asia have a well-rounded experience while they teach English in Dalian. We encourage our teachers to explore the local culture and neighboring countries.
Our Head Offices are populated with 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 and sales.
If you are considering to teach English in Dalian, but you are not sure if it’s really the right city in China for you, send us a message.
Meet the Academic Manager Jaques
I’m from sunny South Africa and I have been working for the school for two years now. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Science majoring in Education. I’ve been teaching for 8 years and have been with the chain since I first arrived in China. I have previously taught in Saudi Arabia at an international school for six years before moving to Dalian.
My role is both teacher and manager, carrying out training with newly arrived teachers, providing support and teaching advice to new and old teachers.
The school and myself are always happy to assist new teachers coming over and welcome all prospective teachers to join the family. Being open-minded, accepting of new challenges and being young at heart is a definite must for teaching in China.
Other teachers say…
I’ve been teaching English at the 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 in Harbin. But this school 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, this school chain is by far the easiest and most accommodating to work for.
2015 to present
This 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 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 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 have made themselves available to answer the questions and help find solutions. This was my first experience working for an English school abroad and it honestly couldn’t have been any better of an experience and I’m very glad to be a teacher with the school.
2018 to present
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 here 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 School Manager Rainbow Huang
Hi, my name’s Rainbow. I’ve been working for the school for 3 years now. 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 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, we only had one school, but over the past three years we’ve grown and developed the school 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; 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!