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Shanghai TEFL Program Summary
Spend 4 weeks TEFL training in one of the most famous metropolitan and modern cities in the world - Shanghai! After which, receive a paid teaching job in China.
Shanghai has an excellent transport system, with buses, metro and even high speed rail. For those who wish to stay in Shanghai and teach English, there are many opportunities because English is a sought after language of business. As well as businesses seeking better English skills for their staff, parents encourage children to be studious and there are many language centers available that cater only to young learners.
I couldn't recommend this course more highly. I wasn't sure that I'd be a good teacher (or able to make it in China!), but the people I've met and the skills that I've learned through TEFL Heaven have quickly made me feel like a successful member of Shanghai's teaching community.
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Key Program Details
From the Great Wall of China, to the long period of the Qing Dynasty to 1949 communism, to the fast growing free markets of China today – China is rich in history, progressive in character and deep in culture. Today, China boasts one of the strongest economies in the world and that means the demand to learn English has grown rapidly as well – with many families willing to pay for the skills they need to get ahead in the world.
When you settle in China however, things quickly become more normal and people are just as friendly as you would expect. The people love foreigners and they love to learn English. Teachers are highly respected and you will find that being a teacher in China is more than just a job. You are an example of the Western world.
This program consists of 4 weeks TEFL training, which will be a mixture of daytime study and some evening work and assignments. TEFL trainers will make sure you have everything you need to become a confident teacher of English (TEFL) in China.
Once qualified, the world is yours and you can use your TEFL certificate in other countries - there is no expiry date to the TEFL certificate. The TEFL certificate is externally accredited and accepted worldwide.
After gaining skills, making friends in this period is what it is all about. Spending so much time each day around the same people who are in the same situation means friendships solidify quickly. Everyone wants to support each other. It's one of the great benefits of starting your journey teaching abroad in this way.
During the TEFL training period, we give you all the tools, resources and contacts you need to secure a paid teaching job. Most jobs are secured within a few weeks after the course, and sometimes even shorter than that. A great benefit is to have our experienced in-country TEFL team at your disposal recommending good places to work, and where to avoid applying for jobs.
In China, most teaching jobs are in language centers or kindergarten schools that run all year round.
Contract lengths are for around 6 months or more, but preferably 12 months. Salaries vary, but are around the equivalent of 1800 - 3000 US dollars per month, with costs of living being much lower at about 700 US dollars per month. For a clearer idea of costs, one of our teachers, Stephanie, wrote a China Salary vs. Livings Costs Guide for you.
Only those with a bachelors degree (any subject) can come on this course and teach English in China. In terms of the job placement services, through our experience we know those with a bachelors degree secure jobs within 30 days after the end of the training - and in most cases this is shorter.
Native English speaking teachers are preferred in China, but many employers will accept non-native English speakers as long as they are fluent in English. Non-native English speakers may have to wait a little longer to get a job in their desired location.
Accommodation costs during training are around 600 - 700 US dollars for 4 weeks.
After training and when you are in your teaching job, accommodation can be between 500 - 1000 US dollars per month depending on what you want. China has low cost to luxury apartments, and with the salary teacher's receive, many people go mid range.
Start dates for this TEFL Program are generally every month and places fill up fast. China is a popular location for teaching English abroad, so we suggest you apply early in order to get your desired start date.
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I finished the course and I had a lot of different job opportunities and a lot of guidance from the course instructors, and it really made the whole transition from course to kindergarten really easy.
TEFL Teacher China
There is no faster way to learn Chinese than total immersion when you are in China! It is a hard language for sure, but like anything, it gets easier the more you practice - many people have become expert Chinese speakers.
In China, as a TEFL teacher you will earn high salaries compared to living costs. There is plenty to spend your money on but with the option if being able to save, it makes China an attractive choice.
Other Asian countries are easy access from Shanghai. Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia - all within a short place ride away. Exploring Asia was never easier than it is today!
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