Teach English in China
Island TEFL, Teacher Placement Program A
China is a country on the move and its vibrant culture will leave you breathless! Teach English in China and immerse yourself in one of the most fascinating and fast changing countries on the planet, while at the same time making a positive difference to the lives of thousands of students. Teach English in China and begin an immensely enjoyable and rewarding experience.
There are more people learning English in China today than the total
population of English speakers in the U.S and the U.K combined. With
almost 1.5 billion inhabitants, China has emerged as the world's largest
potential market for just about anything - including English. Its
inclusion in 2002 into the WTO has finally confirmed its status as an
acknowledged player in the world's market place.
Few countries offer a safer working environment than China; few offer anywhere near the cultural, historical and geographical diversity. Prominent institutions like the British Council and the Voluntary Services Organization (VSO) are already running significant operations in China, while school chains such as Berlitz, EF and International House are moving in.
With China now engaged in huge levels of international trade, there is a great demand for Business English in the Chinese Commercial sector. Many companies are now setting up their own in-house English teaching programs and recruit either from the Ex-Pat community, or from overseas. English teachers from abroad are given one of two labels: 'Foreign Teacher' or 'Foreign Expert'. Foreign Teachers are university graduates under the age of 25, many of whom do not have accredited TESOL qualifications. Foreign Experts are experienced ESL/EFL teachers with an MA TESOL/TEFL/Applied Linguistics to their name.
Why Teach English in China with Island TEFL & Liangban ESL?
Island TEFL, USA is a U.S. owned corporation and as
such we understand the needs of our native English speaking customers and
clients. Liangban ESLRecruitment, is a Chinese registered company with
Chinese and Western management. Liangban ESL is familiar with the workings
of ESL in China. Our corporations work hand in hand. Island TEFL, USA is
responsible for Program Marketing, recruiting and training. The Meet and
Greet, orientation and on-location TEFL training in Asia are the direct
responsibility of Island TEFL and we personally fulfil this role. We are
not an agent selling other people’s TEFL/TESOL certification courses; we
along with our partner company are the main and joint protagonists in this
Supportive, professional and experienced, Island TEFL, U.S. and European based staff, are there for you every step of the way. We eliminate the possibility of hassles and stress by fully navigating you through your transitional process before you depart for China.
If you require TEFL/TESOL certification we offer our own, internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL programs, allowing you to work in countries all around the world. Our programs come with a price matching guarantee so you can rest assured that you get the best value for money possible.
By applying directly to us you are able to achieve huge savings by cutting out the middle man or agent. We are able to pass those savings on to you so you can save money and have even more fun.
24/7 dedicated support from Island TEFL/Liangban ESL in
country, staff from the moment you arrive in China until you leave for
your next destination.
Comprehensive “Meet and Greet” and full multi day orientation seminar with airport pick up and transfer on the designated arrival date. Accommodation is included as is transfer to your teaching placement destination.
The all-inclusive, most comprehensive Island TEFL/Liangban
Teach in China program is one of the best, if not the best, China program
Working with top tier schools, universities and other language schools all over China, we are able to bring English teaching placement options to our applicants and teachers that best matches their placement criteria. We provide the knowledge and support to help our teachers make an informed decision as to which placement choice best suits their needs and preferences.
In addition to the benefits described above the Teach in China Placement Package A also includes:
Supportive Western style management
Pre-departure school placement
Placement choice of 6 or 12 months all throughout China
Clearly defined and easy to read employment contract
High salary between 6,000 – 12,000 RMB/month (approximately $1,000 - $2,000 USD). Remember, the cost of living is far lower in China than in the West and to put these salaries into perspective, a local Chinese University Professor earns around 5,000 RMB/month while a high school Principal or Head Master earns around 4,000 RMB/month. Most of our teachers find that they can easily live on 100 RMB (15 USD) per day. This is less than $500 USD per month which enables you to save and travel during the holidays. We even offer you a paid holiday.
Return airfare reimbursement upon contract completion
Rent-Free, private, modern, furnished apartment for the duration of the teaching contract. (N.B. In some rare cases, an accommodation allowance is offered, in lieu of rent-free accommodation
Legal ‘Z’ work visa and residence permit
Comprehensive health insurance
Complete Visa assistance
Performance related bonuses
Professional Teacher development and support
Mandarin Chinese lessons
A social circle of other foreign teachers
Curriculum, ESL materials and Lesson Plans
Small class sizes
5 Day work week (no more than 24 contact teaching hours per week)
In most instances, a Chinese assistant instructor in the classroom
Latest educational technology such as interactive white boards
Excellent promotion opportunities to Senior Teacher and Director of Studies
Compare the Island TEFL/Liangban
China Teacher Placement Program A with other Programs
Please note that whether you meet the eligibility requirements for Teach in China, Placement Program A, or not, we offer other programs for native English speakers without a B.A./B.Sc. degree. Please contact us for further details about those programs. (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Compare the benefits and costs of the Island TEFL/Liangban flagship China Teacher placement Program A to similar offerings by our peers and make an informed decision as to which is the best China teaching placement program for yourself.
We offer popular, most comprehensive and inexpensive teacher training and placement programs for China. Compare the benefits and costs of our flagship placement Program B to similar offerings by our peers and placement agents and see why for most applicants the chance to partner with us and undertake our joint program.
Cost and monetary compensation Comparison* – Popular China Teacher Placement Programs.
|Company||Applicant Needs/Wants TEFL||Monthly Salary
Pro Rated Bonus
|i-to-I (www.i-to-i.com)||$1,795||Up to $408 per month|
|Ciee (www.ciee.org)||$2,950 - $3,150||$979 - $1,467 per month|
|Greenheart (cci-exchange.com)||$1,350 - $1,995||$485 per month|
|Island TEFL/Liangban China Program A||$794 - $1,094||$1,140 - $2,120 per month|
China Program A
Increased Salary & Bonus China A
$556 - $2,056
$1,456 - $2,106
*N.B. Costs are approximate & taken from company websites or provided by the companies themselves.
Island TEFL/Liangban China Program A vs. i-to-i’s Thailand Program
By simply selecting China Placement Program A over i-to-‘s China Program, applicants can save $701 -$1,001 in the Program costs and achieve an increased monthly compensation of $732 - $1,712.
Over a 5 month period under this comparison applicants could be cumulatively better off to the tune of $4,361 - $9,491 by selecting Island TEFL/Liangban’s China A over i-to-i’s Thailand Program
Island TEFL/Liangban’s China Program A vs. Ciee’s Thailand Program
By simply selecting China Placement Program A over Ciee’s China Program,
Applicants can save $1,856 -$2,356 in the Program costs and achieve an increased monthly compensation of $161 - $653.
Over a 5 month period under this comparison applicants could be better off cumulatively to the tune of $2,661 - $5,621 by selecting Island TEFL/Liangban’s China A over Ciee.
Over a 10 month period under this comparison applicants could be better off cumulatively to the tune of $3,466 - $8,886 by selecting Island TEFL/Liangban’s China A over Ciee.
Island TEFL/Liangban’s China Program A vs. Greenheart’s Thailand Program
By simply selecting China Placement Program A over Greenheart’s China Program, Applicants can save $556 -$901 in the Program costs and achieve an increased monthly compensation of $655 - $1,635.
Over a 5 month period, under this comparison, applicants could be better off cumulatively to the tune of $3,831 - $9,810 by selecting China A over Greenheart.
Question: By enrolling directly in Island
TEFL/Liangban’s China Placement Program A and not going through an agent
that is merely marketing somebody else’s China Program, an Island TEFL
applicant can achieve huge monetary savings of up to almost $10,000 USD
over the course of a year! This almost sounds too good to be true, how can
this be possible?
Answer: Island TEFL reaches out directly to applicants, through its own direct advertising and recruitment efforts, rather than employing a third party agent or “partner” company to recruit applicants to its Thailand Placement Program B. By simply cutting out the middle man or agent in the recruitment process, Island TEFL is able to achieve huge savings in program costs that it passes on directly to their enrollees!
With over 20 years of combined ESL/EFL industry
experience, and consistently delivering superior teacher training and
teacher placement programs, you can rest assured that we are experts in
our field. Unlike most other teacher training and placement program
providers for China we do not employ agents. We recruit, train and place
teachers directly. By cutting out the middle man we are able to achieve
program cost savings over our competitors that we can then pass on to our
The Island TEFL/Liangban combination has close ties with a large number of language schools and public schools across China. We understand fully what teachers and their parents, need, value and expect from a teaching placement, when looking to teach English in China. Nobody takes their fiduciary and moral responsibilities to their teachers more seriously than us. Some people may feel that we are obsessed with details and have control issues. We actually take that as a compliment. We rigorously screen our placement institutions and avoid the use of agents. This enables us to maintain high quality control standards and goes a long way to explaining why we can boast many major blue chip clients including English First, First Leap, Best Learning and Shane English Schools in China.
We also have teaching placement requests from many to language schools as well as from the more elite public schools and universities throughout China.
China A: Placement Location Guide
While everyone has heard of Beijing and Shanghai, China has many other exciting cities each with a unique character. We have job openings to teach in China at major cities across the country. The capital cities of most provinces in China have large populations, decent sized expat communities and plenty going on in terms of entertainment, food from around the world and modern amenities. Suzhou, Tianjin, Wuhan, Chongqing and Guangzhou for example, all have a population of over 4 million and are exciting destinations for ESL jobs in China. So while teaching in Beijing and Shanghai remains popular, there are plenty more options for you to choose from.
Our schools are located all over China so whether you prefer to teach English in the hustle and bustle of a modern city along the east coast, a warmer climate further south or something a bit more off the beaten track, you will be able to teach in China at a location best suited to you.
China Placement Program A: Accommodation Guide
Rent-free accommodation is provided for the duration of
the contract. (If your placement is in a city where there are plenty of
accommodation options, we will provide you with an accommodation
allowance, and you are able to choose your accommodation). Most of our
accommodation is a private apartment, some are shared houses with the
other teachers on your program. All of our accommodation is safe, and we
will do our utmost to ensure your safety and comfort at all times.
As our placement locations vary greatly, so does our provided accommodation, but we aim to meet the following criteria wherever possible:
Within close proximity to the school
Furnished with Bed Wardrobe and Desk
Equipped with air con, wifi, fridge and T.V.
Teach English in
China Placement Program A: Eligibility Requirements:
* Native English Speaker: from U.S., Canada, U.K, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa
* BA/BSc Degree (in any subject): or higher degree (Education and Language degrees given top priority)
* TESOL or TEFL or CELTA certificate required
* Teaching Experience Preferred
We also welcome applicants who love to teach children but don't have a B.A. degree to contact us. We have a similar program to the Teach Thailand Program’s R and I (see www.islandteflthailand.com) for Native English speakers without B.A. degrees.
To be considered for the Island TEFL/Liangban Teach Thailand Program, please forward your resume, recent photograph and date of birth to: email@example.com
China Placement Program A: Teacher Videos & Testimonials
“Island TEFL/Liangban helped me look at several TEFL
schools in China to find the best fit for me. I then received help through
the interview and with contacting the company before getting to China. It
was a big move for me going to China but I got the help I needed!” –
"Life in China is great. Every day I spend hours teaching young students how to speak English, share, sing, laugh and grow. I came here to teach and I love it. Seriously, I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the help and guidance of the staff from Island TEFL/Liangban. They helped me each step of the way. I couldn't have done it alone. This has been the experience of a lifetime. I love China. I really love the culture here. I have made many friends from around the world. I have been able to experience the life and culture here too. It's going by fast. It's been amazing so far"! - Charles White, USA
China is amazing. I'm having a wonderful time here. Teaching children - has turned out to be much better than I imagined it would be. Teaching itself is so much fun because I can see them improving and that’s very rewarding. I like my neighborhood, and I love the food. I still love going into a new restaurant and pointing at something on the menu that I can now read (or rather, pronounce, but not understand), and ending up with something absurdly oversized, absurdly delicious, and absurdly cheap. I'm thrilled I signed up with Island TEFL/Liangban- your assistance resulted in my teaching in an awesome city that I would never have found on my own. I love it here"! – Pauline Wallis, Australia
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org today for the experience of a lifetime!
Start Dates China Teacher Placement Program A
Choice of one semester (5 month) placement from either: A, B or C or, two semesters (1 school year)
(A) September/October, 2013 (***SPECIAL OFFER PROGRAM FEE IS WAIVED FOR THIS INTAKE)
(B) Early February 2014 to June, 2014
(C) Late August 2014 to late January, 2015
Teach in China, Placement Program A, Investment Cost:
From only $495 USD (Approx. 327 GBP)
If you are able commit to this program and make a 50% deposit payment of $247.50 USD, within 10 days of receiving your placement offer, you will automatically qualify for the early booking fee of only $495 USD. We hope that you are able to take advantage of this one-time, $150 USD savings off of the already low program investment cost of $645 USD.
If you are unable to accept your placement offer and/or pay the 50% deposit fee within 10 days of receiving your placement offer, you will be required to pay the regular program fee of $645 USD. In this case a 50% deposit of $322.50 USD will be required to secure your place on the program.
Program B Optional Add On: For those that don’t already have an internationally accredited 120 hour, TEFL/TESOL Certification, that enables you to teach English as a Foreign or Second language throughout the world, This is your opportunity to acquire this certification at an exceptionally reduced cost through Island TEFL
Add an Island TEFL, online, internationally accredited, 120 hour, TEFL/TESOL Certification course for an additional investment cost of only $299 USD (approximately 197 GBP). This represents a $200 USD or 40% savings off the regular investment cost of $499 USD (approximately 328 GBP). N.B. To qualify for this exceptionally reduced, special offer price of only $299 USD, you must book and pay a 50% deposit for this course within 10 days of receiving your Program Placement offer. If these conditions are not met you will be required to pay the normal investment cost for the course which is $499 USD (approximately 328 GBP).
Add an Island TEFL, on-location, 120 hour, TEFL/TESOL Certification course for an additional investment cost of only $599 USD (approximately 394 GBP). This represents a $396 USD or 40% savings off the regular investment cost of $995 USD (approximately 654 GBP). (Choose from the following Island TEFL, teacher training locations in China: Beijing; Shanghai or Chongqing or Island TEFL, Thailand: Bangkok; Koh Phangan; Koh Samui; Phuket or Island TEFL, Bali in Indonesia or N.B.) To qualify for this exceptionally reduced, special offer price of only $599 USD, you must book and pay a 50% deposit for this course within 10 days of receiving your Program Placement offer. If these conditions are not met you will be required to pay the normal investment cost for the course which is $995 USD (approximately 654 GBP).
Frequently Asked Questions
China Program A
I can’t wait for the next formal China Program A
start date, do you offer year round placement?
Yes, if your placement needs are more immediate and you are unable to participate in one of our formal program start dates we do offer year round placement opportunities. Please send your resume, recent photo, date of birth and your availability date to email@example.com for immediate consideration.
What kind of schools do you have?
We work with public schools and universities but most of our positions are in private language schools and centers located throughout China. The working conditions, salary and remuneration package are more attractive in the language centers. The students tend to be more motivated to learn and the class sizes are much smaller in language centers than in public schools.
What kind of qualifications or experience do I need?
The regulations are now tightening in China, and for many positions teachers need a university degree, a teaching certificate (CELTA, TESOL, TEFL, etc.) and some relevant teaching experience. However, we have some clients that are willing and able to accept new teachers that do not have a degree but have an internationally accredited, 120 hour TEFL/TESOL certification. The best thing to do is to get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your situation.
Where do teachers need to come from?
Most teachers come to us by the way of personal referral. Our teachers come from the following native English speaking countries: The UK and Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. We do occasionally interview and place non-native speaking teachers, however these teachers must be fluent or near fluent in English.
Are there any age limits?
Teachers are now not being offered new positions in China above the age of 60. However, all of our clients are asking that we do not send them candidates you are over 55. This essentially means that the age limit we can accept is between 23-55 years old.
What kind of things will be asked during the Skype interview?
The Skype interview is a two way process. It gives you the opportunity, to tell us what you are ideally looking for, to find out more about who we and what we can offer you. It is your chance to ask all the questions you will have about teaching in China. The process affords us the opportunity to begin to assess where your best placement opportunities are. If you are a new teacher, we might ask you the following questions. How did you get on during your TEFL course? Why you are looking to come to China? Where would you like to be placed? What age groups would you be comfortable teaching? If you have more experience, we might ask about the kind of students you have taught before and some classes that you think went well and others that went not so well.
When do your teaching positions become available? Have I missed the start of the semester?
We have well over a 100 private language schools, middle schools, high schools and universities all over China.
Public school positions only have jobs for teachers starting in September and February. These type of schools generally look for teachers between 30-90 days before the start of each semester in order to allow enough time to process visa documents. This means that if you are looking for a September start in a university, then the university will want to be speaking to you from May/June onwards. Private language centres don't have semesters, but have rolling course dates. This means that they hire throughout the year, either to replace a teacher moving on or because there is due to be an increase in student enrolment. Due largely to the winning formula of our popular teaching methodologies and the fact that we always try to match our teachers to the right position for them, rather than placing them in any position ,many of our private language school clients are experiencing tremendous growth. As they expand at current locations or into new territories our demand for qualified teachers grows. Basically, whenever you plan to come to China we will work with you to find the best placement that suits your preferences and requirements.
Who pays for me to come to China?
It is now very, very rare for schools to pay in advance and send a flight ticket for teachers to come to China. What all schools now do is to give teachers a 'contract completion bonus', which usually covers your return-flight costs.
Is housing included?
Universities, middle schools, high schools, etc., will provide simple housing free of charge to teachers. This free housing is often on the campus and is usually a one-bedroom apartment.
Private language centres which teach children usually offer free shared accommodation with another foreign teacher working at the school. You will have your own private bedroom in a fully-furnished, two-bedroom apartment.
Private language centres usually offer you a monthly housing allowance. Full assistance is given in helping you find your own apartment, so don't worry about that in any way. N.B. Please note that you may need to budget for up to three month’s upfront rent payment/commitment in China.
How long are contracts usually for?
We do offer some 6 months contracts but most of our contracts are now of 12 months duration.
Is China a safe place to Live?
Absolutely! Most, if not all teachers on our program and foreigners we come into contact with to agree that they feel far safer here in China than in cities in their own countries. You can go for a late night stroll through parks here in China with absolutely nothing to fear whatsoever. The people of China are warm and caring.
Petty crime obviously exists here but as long as you stay alert and vigilant you will hopefully never experience it. Authorities advise tourists and residents to take care of their belongings and beware of pickpockets especially on busses and in train stations.
What is the visa process?
We will work with your school will organise all the necessary papers needed to obtain a legal 1 year work (Z) visa for you. This process can take up to 5 weeks. The papers will then be sent to you. You have to take these papers, along with your passport, application form and any other required documentation (this varies from country to country, please check with your nearest Chinese embassy) to the Chinese embassy, where they will issue you with the Z visa within 1 week. Once it is stamped in to your passport you can enter China.
If you don’t have a B.A. degree the school will only be able to arrange an F visa for you rather than a Z visa, but you are still eligible to enter China and take up your placement.
What will my salary and benefits be:
English teacher salary in China with language school is very competitive and allows for a comfortable lifestyle. The monthly salary for our job openings is anything between 6,000 – 12,000 RMB (1,000 – 2,000 US dollars) per month. The exact amount is determined by which school you work for, the city you are based in and the number of years of previous teaching experience.
As the cost of living is significantly lower than that of the West, an English teachers’ salary goes a long way. Eating dinner at a local restaurant will typically cost between 15-30 RMB per person (roughly 2 – 4.50 US dollars) and most teachers find they can live easily on 100 RMB per day (15 USD). Cost of living in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai is slightly higher than smaller cities.
Typical benefits in China include:
Flight reimbursement on completion of the contract (12 month Contract)
Furnished apartment or monthly housing allowance
Legal ‘Z’ work visa & residence permit
Comprehensive health insurance
Performance related bonuses
Professional development & support
Mandarin Chinese lessons
I can’t speak Chinese, will that be a problem?
This is part of the experience of working in a different country. There may be lots of pointing and confusion along the way, but you’ll get by. Chinese people are very friendly and eager to help and learn English so you will quickly make friends here. There will always be willing people who are only too happy to help you in China.
Should I bring anything with me?
You could buy most things here in China but you may want to bring with you something which reminds you of home or things difficult to find here e.g. large sized shoes and clothing.
I have a question that is not covered above, who do I need to contact?
Please contact: email@example.com Skype: islandtefl
PHILIP WILL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE AND TO ASSESS YOUR CANDIDACY FOR THE TEACH IN CHINA A PROGRAM.