Teaching English in China

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First Leap English, Beijing & Shenyang

Hi! My name is Lewis. I’m originally from the UK, born and raised in a small city called Bath, located in the South West of England. The intention of this blog is to give you an honest insight of my first couple of months in China. I will describe from my own perspective and I’ll try to be as honest as I can. I would describe my first week in China as ‘dangerously interesting’. When I say that now, it was a learning curve for me. But when I first came, I had difficulties in terms my contract with my…

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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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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 School Hangzhou dong guan Primary school

My Experience at Hangzhou Dong Guan Primary School via Haida agency

I found a position through Noon Elite Recruitment at Hangzhou Dong Guan Primary School, a local Primary School in Hangzhou. The school employed me via a Chinese employment agency Haida HR. The position by an Umbrella employer agency called Haida based in Hangzhou. Here’s what I have to say about the position. The School Where was your school? I taught at Hangzhou Dong Guan Primary School. What were the working hours like? Five days a week, at least eight hours a day. As far as I was aware these were the longest hours that any other, non-local, teacher worked. This…

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