Working as a Millennial EFL Teacher in a Millennial EFL World

Working as a Millennial EFL Teacher in a Millennial EFL World

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⋯ By Kenneth Charles Lambo ⋯ What does it mean to be a millennial EFL teacher? This is a question that haunts me for weeks now while under quarantine. For this reason, I did some thinking and ended up writing about it. Millennials and our students live side by side in an era of social media, e.g., Instagram, Twitter. We have grown with social media, innovative technology and rapid social changes happening right before our eyes. And all these put together our experiences develop the millennial teacher inside us. So, who better to understand the students? Millennials. Before we start digging fellow millennials, just a quick caveat: this is my personal experience and my views are based on my time as a teacher in China. This article does not pick…
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Planning to Teach in China? 9 Awesome Tips for the Big Move

Planning to Teach in China? 9 Awesome Tips for the Big Move

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⋯ By David O Connor ⋯ The Best Advice You Need to Hear Before Moving to China to Teach Scour the interwebs for 101 ‘insider tips’ on how to best negotiate a big move to China as a TEFL teacher and don’t be surprised if you come up with more questions than answers. Don’t worry, it’s happened to all of us. Gathering every bit of useful advice is a utopian dream many of us never managed to achieve – the main incentive for compiling this guide of honest advice about moving to China. We may have learned through trial and error but that doesn’t mean you have to. Sometimes, a head’s up is all you need to make the whole ordeal easier. You should note that your introduction to life…
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Guide to Securing a Teaching Visa for China

Guide to Securing a Teaching Visa for China

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⋯ By David O Connor ⋯ Securing a teaching visa for China is not black and white – there’s an infinite array of grey shades that allow potential teachers to secure a legal working visa. Read on to learn all about China’s famous Z visa. [caption id="attachment_27341" align="alignnone" width="900"] Source: Pixabay[/caption] China offers a multitude of visas for visitors although only one, the so-called Z Visa, is suitable for those who want to move to China to teach. Securing a Z Visa is quite straightforward provided you meet all the eligibility requirements (that’s the black and white) and somewhat troublesome (but not impossible) if you don’t. The ‘grey area’ is a consequence of exceptions that can be argued in your favour if you can’t satisfy every requirement. Yes, believe it…
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Teaching English Through Music in China

Teaching English Through Music in China

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● Teaching Location: Chongqing (China) ● Type of Teaching Job: Kindergarten, Music ● Student Age Group: Kids ● Monthly Salary: 5000RMB ($720 USD) ● Monthly Rent: 0 ● Living Arrangement: Shared, 2-bedroom flat ● Monthly Savings: 0 ● Contract Bonuses: Airfare at the end of contract and lesson commission [caption id="attachment_23994" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Me, my class and assistants on my birthday on the stage where the children perform[/caption] ⋯ By Jonathan Race ⋯ Ok, this was essentially my first job teaching English (besides a couple of online lessons after I finished my TEFL). I love Asian culture and there are a ton of jobs in China, so naturally I was drawn in! This school taught English through music and as I was a musician it felt like the perfect fit. After…
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Managing Culture Shock When Working Abroad

Managing Culture Shock When Working Abroad

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⋯ By Will Perrins ⋯ Moving overseas to teach is one of the most unique and exciting experiences you’ll have. Not only does it give you the opportunity to attain and enhance an employable skill set, including the ability to adapt to new surroundings and work flexibility in a cross-cultural environment, it provides a chance to learn new languages. I was fortunate to live and work as an English Teacher, and later in Education Management, in China for a number of years. By the end of my teaching job in China, I was able to look back on these accomplishments with pride and consider how I could best sell these new skills upon my return home. But while in the thick of my international working experience, I must admit, that it…
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2 Amazing Years Teaching English in China

2 Amazing Years Teaching English in China

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● Teaching Location: Guangzhou, China ● Type of Teaching Job: Kindergarten ● Student Age Group: Kids ● Monthly Salary: 11,000 RMB ($1,600 USD) ● Monthly Rent: Included! ● Living Arrangement: 2-bedroom apartment ● Monthly Savings: $750-$1,000 USD ● Contract Bonuses: Housing, lunches, end of contract bonus [caption id="attachment_7564" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge[/caption] ⋯ By Quincy Smith ⋯ I spent 2 years teaching English in China and loved (almost) every minute of it. As a country, China is incredibly diverse and culturally rich and I was fortunate enough to land a job in the third largest city, Guangzhou - the center of the universe if you love dim sum. I decided to pursue a job in China after visiting there a few years prior when I spent a bit of…
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The Best Job Sites for Teaching English in China (2019)

The Best Job Sites for Teaching English in China (2019)

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The ESL job market in China is on the rise. If you are interested in teaching English in China, there are more opportunities than in any other country in Asia. The wages have increased a lot due to the economic boom and demand for English education. These days, you can save a significant amount of money teaching in China. The cost of living is still relatively low and salaries have become much more attractive. Plus, employers usually pay for your airfare if you sign on for a year or more. Considering all of these benefits, China has become one of the most popular destinations in Asia for teaching English abroad. You can have a decent lifestyle as an ESL teacher in the country while making a relatively good income. Read…
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An Australian Teaching English in Fuzhou, China

An Australian Teaching English in Fuzhou, China

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● Teaching Location: Fuzhou, China ● Type of Teaching Job: Kindergarten to mid-teens ● Student Age Group: 4-16 ● Monthly Salary: 7,000 RMB to start (~$1,000 USD), 9,900 RMB by end of year (~1,400 USD) ● Monthly Rent: 2,000 RMB (~$290 USD) extra provided by company for apartment ● Living Arrangement: 2 bedroom shared apartment ● Monthly Savings: 5,000 RMB per month (~$720 USD) but dependent on individual ● Contract Bonuses: Airfare paid at six months and at end of contract ⋯ By Gayle Aggiss ⋯ For almost a year now I have been living and working in Fuzhou, China, a relatively small city in the southeast of that enormous country, at a company called York English. York pays a reasonable wage of 7000 rmb or 1000 USD to start and…
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Experiences Teaching English at a University in Shanghai

Experiences Teaching English at a University in Shanghai

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● Teaching Location: Shanghai, China ● Type of Teaching Job: University (undergraduate/graduate) ● Student Age Group: Young adults and post-graduate students ● Monthly Salary: 26,000 RMB (~$3,700 USD) ● Monthly Rent: 9,000 RMB (~$1,300 USD) ● Living Arrangement: 1 Bedroom Apartment in the Former French Concession ● Monthly Savings: ~15,000 RMB (~$2,100 USD) ● Contract Bonuses: Airfare for one home visit a year (Economy+), relocation allowance, housing allowance, professional development fund, computer, mobile phone ⋯ By Joshua Paiz ⋯ My name is Joshua Paiz, and I’m a language lecturer at NYU Shanghai, the first degree-granting Sino-American joint venture university in mainland China. Before coming to Shanghai, I taught at Purdue University, where I completed my Ph.D. in TESL/Applied Linguistics (ALx) and where I also served as the coordinator of the Purdue…
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Teaching English in China: The March of the Volunteers

Teaching English in China: The March of the Volunteers

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● Teaching Location: Nanjing, China ● Type of Teaching Job: High School ● Student Age Group: Teens ● Monthly Salary: 16,500 RMB (~$2,400 USD) ● Monthly Rent: 0 ● Living Arrangement: 1-bedroom apartment ● Monthly Savings: 10,000 RMB (~$1,500 USD) ● Contract Bonuses: 8,000 RMB (~1,200 USD) for airfare, 3,500 RMB (~$500 USD per month for 2 summer holiday months) ⋯ By Dr. Rob Burton ⋯ "What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes." - Marcus Tulles Cicero Marcus hits the nail on the head concerning my experience of living in China. It's one of those strange contradictions that we love about living in the Middle Kingdom that for all the bad stuff we read about Communism the reality for us expats is somewhat different. Advantages of Teaching…
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