Teaching in China
Hi all. I have a friend in the United States who is contemplating signing on with a university in Hangzhou to do some teaching. On his behalf, I am asking about the kind of information that is usually specified in contracts when making these kinds of arrangements directly with Chinese universities.
waiguorenMay 06, 2013, 11:58 AM
- No. of classes taught
- Type of visa needed
- Length of contact
I'm not interested in teaching, but i'm curious what should be the minimums for all these items that a native English speaker for entry level teaching position in China could expect/should demand. I suspect that some of this is location dependent? (more money for Beijing than for Lanzhou, etc)
- Pay (2000-3000 RMB /Mo?)
- No. of classes taught (3/week?)
- Accomodation (1 shared apartment with 1 roommate?)
- Type of visa needed
- Length of contact (1 year?)
Web, Metten, Kings, all of them are a total rip off. and they may not officially dismiss you if you want to leave and get your visa through another employer. I would say only go through a University. And they are not all great either, you should do your best to contact someone there, in the University you want to go to or look for posts online. Inflation keeps going up but pay does not.
I would say it all depends....depends on the city, the students you are teaching (kindergarten? Middle-school? College?), what you are teaching (English v. more specialised subjects) and the location (yes, 'first tier' cities command more pay).
I've heard, and generally believe that the Universities (that is if you're teaching conversational English) don't pay as much (maybe 5-8K RMB) but generally provide you with rent-free accommodation and more reasonable working hours, e.g. 10-15 hours a week.
jeffreyslavenMay 13, 2013, 07:20 PM
Im planning to go teach this fall also. I would love to talk to anyone else who is planning to go and share our information and concerns. I will try to check back here but I can also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
jeffslaven23gmail.comMay 14, 2013, 12:37 AM
From what I have heard you need a BS degree in any field and a TEFL certificate is a bonus. For pay depending on the area I have heard its reasonable to expect 5-7k rmb in more rural areas or 10k+ in bigger cities. I have also heard that the school can arrange for you to get a working visa or convert a travel visa to a working visa. The length of contract seems to be negotiable and depends on the school I have had some schools tell me I would have to do a full year contract other offered single semester contracts.
You must be from one of them thar Commonwealth countries. BS is typically used in the US (and Canada maybe?), but all them thar redcoats like to use BSc. They also use MPhil and some other weird abbreviations. They also call the first floor the "ground floor", and the first floor might be three stories of the ground! Weird ones, they are. From your profile name, though, I had you figured for a Texan! :P