ESL Jobs China
There is an increasing supply for ESL jobs in China as there are so many people there who want to learn English. Here are some tips to ensure you get the best job available.
by Aarti Thomas
1. First you have to decide which city you want to teach in. This can be decided based on weather, your salary and of course, the term of employment. Larger cities pay better, and have better provisions for earning money by working overtime.
2. Compare the standard contracts for ESL teachers in China. Most of them include a minimum salary of about 4000 RMB per month, return airfare, accommodation and some form of holiday pay. Though this may look to be a small amount, it is more than sufficient for a comfortable stay in China.
3. Don’t apply to only one school. Send as many applications and queries as possible. Create an email with brief details of yourself and what you look for in your ESL job and why you want to work in that particular city. Keep this brief
but well written. Have a friend check your grammar. Always
do a spell check!
Though some schools may immediately ask for photocopies of certificates and passport, send them only after you receive a response from them. Some schools also ask for a color photograph of you as they place lots of importance on appearance.
ESL Jobs China - The all important Contract
4. Don’t just sign and accept the contract of a school that accepts your application. Check on the school to find out how it is run. Ask questions on the facilities you will be provided - both professionally and personally.
*Don`t believe everything written at forums. Negative feeling
seems to be endemic at the forums. In other words, read with a
critical eye. Sometimes the teacher complaining about a given
school was fired for a major transgression. And sometimes of
course, the school really is bad. Try to determine which it is. Perhaps ask some questions at the forum to try to find out if the poster is a flake or legitimate.
5. The Chinese expect you to negotiate, so do negotiate the terms of the contract before signing it. Don’t sign anything you are not happy with; with negotiations, you will be able to reach a compromise.
6. If you are apprehensive about doing a long term commitment in a new, Chinese school, you could do a winter or summer program first to sample Chinese culture. You can continue with a full time job if you are happy, or leave the program if you are not happy.
7. Read small print in the contract. Ensure all terms of the contract are clear before signing, like: if you get single accommodation or shared, if internet or telephone facilities are provided, if heating or air-conditioning is available and who has to pay for it, etc.
8. Before leaving for China, have a physical, get necessary vaccinations, documents, visas, insurance and certificates to show your employer. Scan all your certificates, visas and passports into your home computer and store a copy in your email account in case you lose the originals. Make sure your employer meets you on arriving in China, and that you have a number to call if there are any changes.
ESL Jobs China - Finally
All this done, you can leave and enjoy your new ESL job in China. It is a lot of work to prepare to go, but if you do it all, you will be glad you did. Lastly read all that you can
about your destination. You will be glad you did!
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