1. What is the compensation package for teachers in the True China Program?
The compensation package includes a negotiable monthly salary, free accommodation/monthly housing allowance, flight reimbursement up to x amount, health/accident insurance, paid vacations and sick leave, In addition, we also offer visa assistance while you are in the China, weekly Chinese classes, personal teaching assistant and airport arrival pick-up for free.
2. What type of accommodation will I be living in?
If the school offers housing, you’ll be living on campus in their accommodations and the school will cover your monthly rent. These apartments are fully furnished and you may have a fellow teacher living with you. If on campus housing is not an option, we will assist you in finding an apartment near the school. We cancover your rent or issuethemonthly housing allowance.We will pay for yourstay in a hotel for 3 days during this search period. Your apartment will be equipped with furniture, a bed, a western style toilet, a refrigerator, AC/heating, a water dispenser and a kitchen. You will be responsible for paying utilities including water, gas/electric bills, property management fees and internet/cable(optional).
3. Are meals included in the True China Program?
All participants of the True China program are responsible for their own meals. Fortunately, several of our schools that has a cafeterias where you will be able to eat breakfast and lunch free of charge. Aside from these opportunities, you will be expected to cover your own meal costs. However, the cost of food in China is very reasonable-as little as $1-$2USD per meal!
4. Are the visa fees covered by True China Program?
For work visa application, we will cover the fees of visa application, health check and residence permit. For F visa application, we will cover the fee of visa extension.
5. What is the True China Program’s policy in regard to weekends, holidays, personal days and sick days?
Most of the time, teachers will have a two-day weekend, but occasionally you will be required to work during a weekend day for various educational or cultural events that taking place. You are entitled to the following paid holidays off in China: New Year’s Day (February, 7 days), Tomb Sweeping Day (April,4 days), Dragon Boat Festival (June, 3 days), Mid-Autumn Day (September, 3 days), and National Day (October, 7 days). There are 7 paid sick days per school year and a maximum of 4 paid sick days per semester. Personal days shall be no more than 5 days total for an entire school year and no more than 3 days for half a year,. There are 5 personal days and a maximum of 3 paid holidays per semester. Personal days off are unpaid and should be requested as early as possible.
6. What is the start and endtime of each semester and the school year?
This is a bit tricky to answer since the Chinese school system is based on the lunar calendar, the dates of each year fluctuate. In addition, Chinese schools typically don’t release their schedules in advance. However, you can expect the first semester to begin on September 1 and to end in the late January or early February of the next year. The second semester will resume in late February or early March and will end in late June or early July.
7. What’s the approximate age of students I will be teaching?
We have partnered with a variety of schools including kindergartens (3-5 years old), primary schools (6-12 years old), middle schools (13-15 years old) and high schools (16-18 years old). If you have any preferences, please inform us and we will try best to accommodate your wishes.
8. Approximately how many teaching hours per week in the school?
The work hours is 40 hours per weekinthe school, but including no more than 20 hours of teaching. Except for teaching classes ,you will need to prepare lesson plans, grade homework, and attend faculty meetings and other educational activities.
9. What’s the average size of class?
The class size depends on the particular school and age group, but generally classes will range from a handful of students to around 40. The largest classes range from 50 to 60 students.
10. What is the teaching curriculum like?
Teachers are responsible for designing and implementing their own curriculum. Text books may be offered by the school, but teachers are expected to draft the class syllabus and think of lectures and activities to stimulate the classroom. This allows teachers to have more freedom to teach according to their own styles and preferences.
11. Are there standards and/or objectives that teachers will be given to follow?
Teachers will be given certain goals prior to the class. For instance, some classes will be focused on oral English practice, whereas the goal of other classes will be to impart western culturesand ideals, etc. AP classteachers will be expected to have as many students pass the AP exams as possible.
12. Will there be any class preparation time before the semester starts?
We recommend our teachers
to arrive one week prior to their official start date to grow accustomed to life in China, acclimate
to the time difference and prepare for their classes. When you arrive to China, you will be settling into your new apartment, setting up
your cell phones, opening up a bank
account and buying any additional necessities for your apartment.
13. What is the recommended dress code for teaching?
Different schools may have different requirements. Generally speaking, Chinese schools don’t have very strict rules about dress code. We suggest neat and clean business casual attire for the classroom. For men, slacks paired with either a polo shirt, button-down shirt or sweater is recommended. For women, decent short-sleeve blouses are adequate, but no sleeveless shirts or tank tops are allowed. Please note that in China, short sleeve shirts/blouses are seen as “sexy” attire and should not be worn to school. Skirts or pants should be as long as or longer than the knee. Heavy makeup or loud accessories are not encouraged. As teachers in China will attend some formal events, we recommend bringing one or two nice sets of suits or formal clothes.
14. What are my responsibilities outside of the classroom?
Aside from teaching, you will be responsible for preparing classroom curriculum, attending faculty meetings and occasional field trips, participating in language exchange activities such as the English Corner and other school events.
15. Am I allowed to leave the country while I am teaching?