Our ESL teacher does "outreach teaching". Outreach teaching at local means working with local public school teachers and supporting their English curriculum. This job is most suitable for teachers who enjoy working with younger students and designing active lessons. Teachers learning Chinese will also benefit from the opportunity to teach bilingually and interact regularly with the Chinese academic staff. The successful applicant will be given orientation, training, and support from our staff.
What are the best and worst aspects of the ESL teacher position?
The best aspect is working with youth of different ages and beginning to understand how the Chinese education system is changing. This is an idea position for young enthusiastic ESL instructors who want to work with excitable young students. At the same time, it's a great opportunity for anyone thinking of going back to school for a Masters Degree in Education, Asian Studies, or Anthropology. The regular access to students, teachers, and parents will provide a wealth of experience and connections for future research.
The most difficult aspect of the position is being comfortable teaching short 45 minute classes to multi-level classes. It often requires excellent lesson planning strategies, communication skills, handout design, and a little Chinese. In addition, the hours are not ideal for a young teacher hoping to leverage their native English skills into an opportunity to live in China. To be successful in our ESL position, the teacher will need to be professional and enthusiastic about working with students. They also need to be a morning person :)
How many schools will I work at? Will I be constantly taking taxis from one school to another?
Our ESL teachers will at the most work at three different schools and they wont be rushed. Currently our center partners with four schools: the branch campus of #2 Senior High School, #15 Senior High School, #37 Middle School, and Ningan Lu Primary School. Our teachers generally spend the whole day only at one location with one exception: on Wednesdays, the teacher in charge of classes at #2 and #15 Senior High Schools will spend the morning at one location and the afternoon at the second.
How many teaching hours will the ESL teacher do in one day?
Most schools have seven or eight periods per day. Our ESL teachers teach between five and seven periods (each period is 45 minutes). We find five to seven periods is a good balance of teaching and break time. Further, it enables the full-time ESL teacher to get all their teaching done in four days rather than five. A standard school schedule looks like this:
08:00-08:45 1st Period
08:55-09:40 2nd Period
09:40-10:05 Class meeting
10:05-10:50 3rd Period
10:50-10:55 Eye-relaxation exercises
11:05-11:50 4th Period
13:30-14:15 5th Period
14:25-15:10 6th Period
15:10-15:15 Eye-relaxation exercises
15:25-16:10 7th Period
16:20-17:05 8th Period
How much paper work will be involved?
Very little. The purpose of the ESL teacher position is to supplement the public school curriculum with opportunities to practice what they have learned. As a result, the ESL teacher is only asked to archive lesson plans, handouts, and design 5 minute quizzes (graded by the school).
How many different lesson plans does the ESL teacher design per week?
About three. The full-time ESL teacher position will work at three schools: the senior high schools and the primary school. The senior high school students are either in 10th or 11th grade and can all be taught the same lesson plan. One lesson plan can also be used for the primary school students. The only additional planning will be for the primary school's afternoon English club. This lesson plan can include games, cartoons, music, or any other activities appropriate for primary school students who are interested in practicing English.
How much support will the GAC-ACT center and the public schools give the ESL teacher?
The ESL teacher will get as much support as they need. In addition to training, they will meet regularly with the center's Academic Director to discuss any teaching issues. The Academic Director can help the ESL teacher with resources, teaching methods, and making bilingual handouts/PPTs.
The schools will also offer support. Besides helping the ESL teacher find their way around campus and the cafeteria, the ESL teacher can request the school print teaching materials and/or have aChinese teacher present in class.
Does the ESL teacher need strong Chinese skills to be successful?
No, but Chinese skills help because they enable the teacher to be a more effective class manager and explainer. If the ESL teacher is just beginning to learn Chinese, we usually recommend they have activity directions translated for the students.
What is the English level of the classes?
English levels vary from weak to excellent. This is because Chinese schools assign students to permanent classes based on general academic factors rather than by proficiency in any single subject. In other words, rather than students going from one teacher's classroom to another's, teachers switch from one student class to another. This means classes cannot be easily designated "advanced", "intermediate", or "beginner".
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