Oli at First Leap English in Beijing

My life in Beijing at First Leap English

My name is Oli Barton and I’ve been teaching English in China for one and a half years. I work for First Leap and I’m based in Beijing. School: First Leap has many centers spread all over Beijing, (and the whole of China too). The facilities at each center are very good. The classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards and air conditioning, the offices have computers for teachers and lots of resources to help you prepare for classes and make them as effective as possible, even with Nintendo Wiis for Virtual PE lessons. The centers are kept very clean as…

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My life teaching at Giraffe English in Nanjing

Martin moved to Nanjing to work as a TEFL teacher in the old Chinese capital. This is his experience. Where was the school? I worked with Giraffe English in Nanjing. When I arrived the company was just opening its fourth teaching centre in the Jiangning district of the city which was my assigned branch. Travelling from the city centre it would take forty minutes on the metro to reach the branch which was in a building overlooking the Baijiahu lake. What were the working hours like? I had a total of 36 working hours a week. Primarily evenings during the…

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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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Yangzhou city pic jiangsu province

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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