TEFL Teacher Richard McDonald with his class and T.A at First Leap English

My Experience Teaching English at First Leap in Beijing

Hi I’m Richard. I am a graduate from the UK and I moved to Beijing to teach English at First Leap English. Here is a review of my experiences. School Where was your school? I am employed by First Leap, a company which has schools/centres right across Beijing and many cities in China. I am situated in Haidian district in the North West region of Beijing at one of the company’s largest centres. What were the working hours like? When I was doing full-time teaching my work hours were as follows: Wednesday-Friday 14:30-20:30, Saturday-Sunday 09:00-19:00, Monday and Tuesday off. I…

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Ella teaching English in Beijing

An interview with Ella, teaching English in Beijing

Ella moved over to Teach English in China in the Chinese capital in autumn 2015. Since then she has returned to the UK to continue her career.  Here is what she has to say about her experience teaching English in China. Part 1 – School Where was your school? My first place was actually a training centre out in Beiyuanlu North. I was there from October to March, then I moved to a kindergarten down in Shuangjing. What were the working hours like? Training centres are outside of normal school so my hours were mainly afternoons and weekends. I was…

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My experience teaching English at First Leap Yangzhou, Jiangsu province

School Location First Leap Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province Working Hours 36 (21 hours are on Saturday and Sunday, longest and busiest days) Commute For the first year contract my apartment was a 5-minute walk away from the mall that I work in, now that I am into my second year I got to shop around for a more luxurious apartment which is about 10-15 minutes away by E bike. Tell us about your City in China My city is called Yangzhou, and is a 3rd tier city which means that in China terms it is small, even though it has a…

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My Experience in Beijing. First Leap English

Last year I set out to move and work abroad in China which was simultaneously the most rewarding and challenging experience of my life. My school centre was a branch of First Leap English, a Franchise school with numerous branches around China. My school branch was based in the bustling capital city of Beijing. My teaching hours were: Wednesday to Friday 2:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-7pm.  My commute to work always ranged from 30-60 minutes. I was really lucky to be placed at one of the largest centres in Beijing. I got to teach stage 1’s…

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My time at Aston English (Jining branch)

Aston English is a very long established English training centre for TEFL teachers that I had found through the well received and popular Noon Elite Recruitment agency. The branch I was at was in the northern Shandong province where there was a city called Jining. In terms of the location I couldn’t have been in a more comfortable place to assimilate, as this medium sized not to well known city is viewed by fellow foreigners to be extra friendly. Long time foreigners have also been to many other places around China but have always been drawn back to this city…

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My Experience teaching English in China at First Leap in Beijing

My name is Joseph King. I am from London. I am 23  years old. I graduated from university in 2016 and like most graduates today, I encountered much difficulty obtaining a job which would kick start the career path I wanted. Becoming an ESL teacher was not something I was originally looking for, I happened to stumble across it through a message put forward to me on LinkedIn from Ben. Thus this is how my ESL journey began. School After much preparation, patience and assistance from Ben at Noon Elite Recruitment I found the ESL school that was right for me.…

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