FAQ - TEFL Job Projects in China

1. What happens once I reach Shanghai?

Everything is kept arranged beforehand and the teaching program commences the very next day.

2.Do I need vaccinations before entering China?

The weather of China is predominantly safe and healthy, and the country plays host to numerous tourists round the year. Most of them hardly take any vaccinations before visiting but they don't suffer any dire consequences in the country, which is famous for its burgeoning Medical Tourism. Nonetheless, precautions can be taken for diseases like hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus and polio though chances of infection are generally almost zero. If you are planning to stay in the rural areas you can carry Malaria pills with doctor’s advice to be used in emergency conditions. Anyway, malaria isn’t a threat at all in the cities or beach resorts.

3. What should I include in my packing list for a trip to China?

China has well compartmentalized four seasons. The climate is extreme – while summer is very hot, winter is chilling cold and cotton weaves are best suited for such climate. However, in Northern part of China the nights during the cool season (November to February) tend to get chilly.
Teachers in Chinese society are looked upon with high esteem. The attires of foreign teachers are also expected to strictly conform to the Chinese culture of dressing. Male teachers in their work hours are expected to wear formal trousers, shirts and closed shoes while females have to keep their shoulders and knees covered.
On the sandy stretches beach wear is perfect. Otherwise Chinese people prefer to respect those who are not under-dressed or clad in revealing clothes. In a nutshell, Chinese culture prefers decent dressing.
The standard sizes of small, medium and large for western clothing are available in China at a cheap rate. A T-shirt can be as lowly tagged as $2.50. But it is difficult to lay your hands on the size XL or larger. You better go for a trial before every buy. For many even XL is smaller and frankly there is no standardization. Large sized shoes and sandals are difficult to find.

4. Why do people wish to visit China?

China is greatly attractive with its eclectic blend of nature and culture. Its oriental exoticism and the contemporary style display a unique blend. Travellers in China tend to get mesmerized by the amalgamation of its dotted beaches and mountains, historical past, bustling markets, architectural remains, infrastructures and culinary delights. The country is a treasure trove of endless offerings.

5. What is the exchange rate and should I get RMB before I leave for China?

It is better to exchange currency only after arriving in China. Exchange at the airport does not give you a rate comparable to the foreign banks but can definitely save you till you come across an official currency exchange certified by a Chinese Bank. The major cities have many exchange booths. You better not exchange at hotels and keep it as the last option as they eat up at least 10% of your fund. Small changes come handy while paying taxi fares.

6. What customs and manners should I be aware of?

The Chinese society has some particular norms and codes of conduct, which even a foreign teacher is expected to follow.

  • Primarily, one’s behaviour should not express any kind of disrespect towards Chinese Royalty, Chinese people, Buddhism and the country.
  • One is expected to greet through the posture of ‘Wai’ (putting two palms together as if praying) and also responding to a ‘Wai’. However, Chinese people are mostly considerate and tolerant and they generally prefer to overlook unintended mistakes done by foreign visitors.
  • One should leave the shoes outside, while entering a Chinese house, school or temple
  • One considers it improper and impolite to point or show the bottom of your feet towards any person. It can happen when you cross your legs, sit on the floor or rest your feet on something. Even pointing fingers at someone should also be replaced with gestures with your hand palm up, if you need to indicate someone specific.
  • Head being the highest part of the body signifies ultimate respect in Chinese society; thus nobody should be touched on the head.
  • Chinese society does not welcome public expression of anger, agitation, or jest. Chinese people are necessarily soft spoken. A mellowed and modest attitude is more acceptable.
  • No one is allowed to kiss publicly in Chinese society.
  • For attending any formal or official occasions arranged by the Chinese community all should dress appropriately and formally.

7. Is it safe to leave valuables like tickets or laptops in the hotel room?

China is an embodiment of safety and security. You can unflinchingly leave laptops at the reception and passport in the safety deposit boxes if you don’t feel like carrying them. However, the basic safety measures like locking your luggage, bolting the door at night, taking care of the room keys and wallet and credit cards are to be taken into account.

. Is tipping a common practice?

Tipping is not a conscious action in China; however, tourists often indulge in tipping at bars, restaurants and hotels. Rounding off taxi fares or leaving loose change from a restaurant bill is also common.

9. Are there Internet cafes in China?

There are plenty of Internet Cafes in China. There are numerous net-hubs in leading cities.

10. Is there a safe, secure place to store my luggage?

You can stack luggage and other valuables in your hotel itself under separate and special care against the payment of a nominal charge to avoid inconvenience. Airport can also serve as an alternative option. Chubb Aviation offers the offer of secure luggage storage and they are open round the clock.

11. Are credit cards accepted in China?

China is a shopper’s paradise. International tourists become all the more shopaholic while exploring China. The malls and the big stores accept credit cards like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club for purchases. You can also use credit cards for cash withdrawal from ATM and at currency exchange locations. However, at smaller markets like the Weekend Market cash exchange is done mostly.

12. How much will I need to spend per day to survive?

There are a flexible range of living options available in China for travellers. It costs around $30 for residing in a decent room, having 3 meals and travelling (to a certain extent). However, for those who travel more vigorously this conveyance charge is not adequate.

13. What kind of food is available?

Even if you are not a glutton, Chinese cuisine will appear eclectic to you. It is relished even by the most fastidious tongue for its aroma, taste and the rollicking blend of ingredients. There are many Western eateries throughout the leading cities of China but tourists prefer more to indulge in Chinese delicacies. If you are allergic to certain food items, it is important to scan the menu card in detail before placing the order.

14. What if I need help from the police?

If you approach Chinese Police with a polite and decent attitude they are known to be helpful. Try not to indulge in a verbal or physical spat with a police officer. If you are going to the local police station, it is recommended to take a local speaker with you for better communication.

15. How can I have money sent to me in China?

Western Union and wire transfer are the two leading modes of receiving fund in China from outside the country. While Western Union renders prompt service against a hefty charge, wire transfer at the foreign exchange sections of major banks on the other hand takes more time, depending on the country that is disbursing the fund. The Bank in China is the best in the trade. A passport is the basic requirement to process money transfer.

16. Is it safe travelling alone in China?

It is generally safe in China; though travelling in a group is always safer. Before setting out alone, always take precautions like carrying copies of all important documents, keeping in touch with family and friends overseas. A foreign traveller should never hesitate to ask for local assistance as Chinese people are always a helpful community.

Destination Shanghai

The largest Chinese city by population, Shanghai is a renowned international metropolis with urbane lifestyle, cosmopolitan crowd and advanced setup. It is located on the Yangtze River estuary and makes the most important economic and international technology and trade centre of Eastern China. The city almost acts as a representative of the pulsating development, the city is going through. The city is also a transport hub with the busiest container port of the world.

Popular Attractions of China

Shanghai displays a perfect amalgamation of modern architectural sites and vintage historical relics. Starting from the Bund, Nanjing road to the Shanghai history museum or Chenghuang Temple, Shanghai has a lot to offer.

Yuyuan Garden

Established in Ming Dynasty by Pan yunduan, Yuyuan Garden is considered to be the best garden of southeast China. It stands as a historical remain, which is 400 years old and had been built as a site of recreation for the parents and relatives of Pan yunduan.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is 468 m high and is the third highest tower of the world. The tower casts an admirable image with eleven steel spheres hanging from the blue sky to the green grassland as if "large and small pearls dropping on a plate of jade."

World Financial Centre

An extremely tall and awe inspiring skyscraper, the World Financial Center consists of offices, hotels, observation decks, conference rooms, shopping malls and so on. The hotel component is famously known as the Park Hyatt of Shanghai, China.

Jade Buddha Monastery

A famous Buddha religious temple, Jade Buddha Monastery is one of the most popular sites especially during the auspicious occasion of Chinese New Year. Not only the Buddhists from China but other parts of the world also come to visit it owing to its piety, cleanliness and the popular structures like the Devajara Hall, Tang Hall, Recumbent Buddha Hall etc.

The Bund

The Bund is a 1.5 km long boulevard positioned on the western bank of Huangpu River. Walking along it makes visitors experience the scenic beauty of Huangpu River and the development of Lujiazui district simultaneously. The architectural patterns along the Bund is unanimously termed as the "world architectural fair".

Apart from the aforementioned places there are many other locations of China, which are highly popular among tourists. They include Xintiandi, a towering skyscraper, Nanjing Road, the most important commercial street of Shanghai, French Concession Regions, mainly allocated for French colonists, Zhujiajiao, the best preserved ancient water town, Chenghuang Temple, a beautiful Taoist temple and many more.

Course Fee

The course fee of Special China Project in 1390USD

Course Date

Date: 3 weeks 120-hour TEFL Certification Course (March 1st - March 22nd 2016)

Course Content

3 weeks 120 Hrs TEFL Certification Course

I. FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXPERIENCE

The trainee will complete a daily learning journal during the foreign language experience, culminating in a 500-word conclusion. The focus is critical reflection on the learning experience and useful insights for teaching.

II. LANGUAGE AWARENESS

Grammar (10 hours) Inputs cover word classes, simple sentence elements,
Phonology (10 hours) Covering phonemics, rhythm, stress,complex sentences and clauses, verb time and tense, aspect and conditionals and modals, phrasals and voice. intonation, place & manner of articulation, and connected speech.

III. STUDENT PROFILE (14 hours)

Trainees work with individual students on building rapport, error analysis and correction, and addressing individual student needs. Three meetings with the student are required including transcription and error analysis of audio and written samples, culminating in a 60- minute customized session reviewed by one of the instructors.

IV. TEACHING TECHNIQUES (30 hours) Teaching

techniques normally cover:

approaches to language learning
warmers
controlled practice
lesson planning models – with peer teaching
appropriate language and comprehensible input
language in context – with peer teaching
communicative activities
textbook review and evaluation
classroom management
listening activities
pronunciation activities
songs and chants
reading activities
writing activities
teaching young learners

V. TEACHING PRACTICE AND OBSERVATION

All teachers complete:

2 hours of observing experienced teachers
2 hours observing professionally developed video
20 hours of peer observation
4 hours of individual teaching practice

VI. MATERIALS PROJECT (10 hours)

All trainees must develop two sets of materials for teaching practice. Each set must be durable, usable for multiple lesson contexts, and easily portable. The materials may include visuals, realia, audio or videotape, cue cards or class handouts, but may not be photocopied from published sources. The summation of this project is a presentation to the trainers on how the materials were used, how they could be improved and how they might be used in another context

Accommodation

There are two types of accommodation options for students who take up the TEFL course in China - firstly, students would need to get accommodation during their training period and secondly, post training. Student trainees have the option to either stay in a 'Youth Hostel' or live in a 'studio apartment'. Accommodations are available in downtown Shanghai while the course is on. The schools are located all over China. Post TESOL/TEFL training, students may find accommodation as per their convenience closer to their places of work. Schools/institutes provide assistance in finding accommodation.

Cost of accommodation during three weeks TESOL course in Shanghai:

Accommodation is exclusive of course fees
Shared apartments start at 2500 - 3500 RMB/month - students share apartment but not rooms.
Studio apartments start at 4500 RMB/month
Two types of deposit are required for studio apartments. The first deposit is an amount of 1000 RMB which has to be paid and this is refundable. This deposit amount is to secure the place and is refunded once the student arrives. The second type of deposit is paid when the student checks in. This is for the duration of the stay and is equal to one month's rent. This amount is adjusted during final check out.
The rent is exclusive of utility bills for studio apartments.

The hostels are equipped with multiple facilities like computers with Internet connection, WiFi, printers, scanners, air conditioning, computer games, pool tables, massage chairs and a restaurant.

Teaching Jobs in China

If Chinese culture really interests you and you intend to learn Mandarin Chinese, getting hired in China as an EFL teacher can be a wonderful opportunity. The salary offered to the English teachers in China is quite good and adequate to live a decent and comfortable life there. Besides, you will also be able to save enough to make trips to exotic places of China and other parts of Asia.

Travelling abroad is always a special experience and right now there is no better place than Asia to live and teach. As China is on its way to become a foremost global player, it is undoubtedly one of the best TEFL destinations.

The life is going to be exciting and challenging as you opt for learning Chinese, befriending the natives and striving to see the world issues and political standings from Chinese perspective. China has been going through a staggering development lately and at the same time it stands as a representative of the most ancient and diverse culture.

At one moment you are availing the modern subway and the very next moment you are standing right in front of one of the oldest temples of Beijing or feeding into a delicious dumpling of an old market of North Shanghai. And then right next to it you can see one of the most innovatively developed sports stadiums or you are seeing the Great Wall of China with a Starbucks coffee in your hand. If you are staying and teaching in China, every day is a new experience.

Requirements of teaching in China

The Chinese State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs has laid certain parameters, which one needs to meet in order to teach in the reputable schools and educational institutions of China.

The specifications might vary from one organization to another, but, the generalized procedures to be followed include the following:

  • The candidate is required to have a Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least a couple of years of PG work experience is preferable
  • A 120 hour TEFL certification (some schools also expect 100 hour TEFL certification but with cities like Beijing and Shanghai, 120 hour of TEFL certification is compulsory)

The first-tier cities of China like Shanghai and Beijing are now more inclined to on site TEFL certifications or at least the hybrid courses which is a combination of both online and onsite courses. In case of hybrid or online TEFL certifications, often the providers do not mention online in the certificate and they are, in fact, as good as onsite classes.

Documentation Process

Once you are selected in a school, there is certain documentation procedure that you need to undergo. They include:

  • A passport with at least a one year validity till the expiry date
  • An invitation letter from your school commonly known as Foreign Expert Invitation
  • A Foreign Expert ID sent by the school through post
  • A Z visa, an employment visa generally processed by the Chinese Consulate (visit the nearest from your place)
  • A fit certificate resolving your health issues

 

After Reaching China

  • You need to undergo a full body checkup
  • A registration is required to be done with the local police station, which will serve as a residence proof to your school administration

Since the time you will land in China as an employee of a school, your host school will do the following:

  • Your school will assist you in getting your residential permit
  • You will get a pick from airport
  • Most schools offer free accommodation (if not at least housing allowance)
  • Get you a work visa giving you the legal right to teach in China
  • A salary of RMB 6,500 to 22,000 every month
  • Provide you with flight stipend
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Contract completion bonus

 

Job Responsibilities of an EFL Teacher in China

The typical job duties of an English teacher in China are:

  • 18 to 25 teaching hours every week
  • 10 to 15 office hours every week
  • Preparation of study materials for giving ESL lessons

Apparently ESL jobs in China do not seem much demanding, however, performing on stage in front of a class full of students who completely belong to a different culture is pretty challenging. Understanding the wave length of your students is the biggest task you need to execute. Besides, you need to prepare day to day lesson plan, which is required to be solid yet interesting. And then there is administration of tests, grade papers and participation in school meeting with other teachers.

All in all, China is a challenging yet rewarding country for teaching English as a second (or foreign) language.

Friends and Couples

Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) has become one of the most popular career options among people who want to teach and travel abroad. It can be a rewarding profession with handsome salary package as well as an excellent opportunity to travel the world and explore new culture and people. As ESL teachers are in great demand all over the world, you can easily bag a teaching job in foreign shores and at the same time replenish your travel funds. Pursuing TEFL course and getting TEFL jobs in China could open doors to a new and adventurous experience altogether. Global Training Academy offers you a wonderful chance to you and your friends and partner to sign up for TESOL Course in China where you can teach in the country and travel together in the exotic oriental locales. It will be of great support if your friend or partner is with you when you are away from your home and family. Keeping this in mind, GTA allows you to sign up for the course along with your friend or your spouse and will try to place both of you in the same location. And even if you are placed in different schools in the same location, you will never miss the chance to socialize together and grow your friends circle.

Safety in China

China is rich in customs and traditions. Chinese society and culture are highly influenced by Buddhism and Confucianism. There are many Chinese practices that might seem unusual to visitors but then it won’t take much time for outsiders to acquaint themselves with such practices. The country has a concrete reputation of being foreigner friendly where all the visitors are embraced with warmth and adopted in a familiar manner. Chinese people neither lack affection nor friendliness. All they want are proper respect of their culture and tradition from foreigners as they really matter a lot to them.

China is a conservative land with implementation of strict laws. It’s like a heaven for visitors as the nation is one of the safest. The Chinese authorities are extremely strict about proper maintenance of security. In addition adequate measures are takes to protect the terms and conditions of foreigners’ rights. Nonetheless, no place is completely devoid of a few criminal issues; petty crimes and small agitations are there but then they are not very common in the regular lifestyle of Chinese people.

When you go to a foreign land, you are most open to face various kinds of challenges but then with a place like China being a disciplinarian is normal. If any foreigner by any chance counters public expression of anger or violence, steps are immediately taken to nullify them. While visiting the exotic locales, it is recommended that you get a travel insurance, which becomes, in fact, all the more essential if you are planning to live and work there.

Here are some of the safety precautions that you should consider following if you are planning to pursue your career as a TEFL teacher in China:

  • Carry your passport all the times
  • There are many institutions followed by the local authority, which should be followed with immense care
  • If you have made arrangements of your own accommodation, be it a studio apartment or something bigger, it is always safe to double check the whereabouts and details and also the contract signed
  • To get a travel insurance, go with a licensed company
  • China is strict with clothing especially if you are a teacher. Modest clothing is preferred
  • It is advisable to do away with expensive jewelries especially if you are going to an unknown region
  • Avoid loitering in dim and sparsely inhabited areas
  • Be careful with alcohol and drugs
  • Possession and distribution of drugs will invite severe penalties
  • Always get hold of the number of your country's embassy

Owing to the congenial atmosphere of China, seeking a TEFL career in China is surely going to be advantageous. In addition, the cost of living is also relatively less and hence residing China is pretty cost effective compared to many other Asian countries. So, if you are planning to go to China taking up a TEFL job, it is undoubtedly and unanimously a wise decision on your part.

Schools in China

With soaring demand of English teachers across schools in China, it has become one of the most preferred locations for most TESOL teachers. English teachers in China are required to teach in private or government schools as well as language schools.

Teachers of English language in China are placed in various educational institutes varying from K-12, colleges and universities. The six months teaching contract when ends, the teachers may request for renewal of contract given it is approved by the school authority. The average working hours for teachers is eight hours per day including lunch hour, scheduled for five days in a week, i.e. from Monday to Friday. All Saturdays and Sundays are off-days including Chinese national holidays. The classes in most public and private schools usually start from 8.30 a.m. until lunch at 11.30 a.m. and then again resumes from 14.30 to 17.00.

Students in the language schools in China who come to study English are mostly working professionals. So these schools remain open in the evening and also on weekends. As the teachers have to take classes both in the morning and in the evening, the gap between the classes can be huge. A number of courses such as Business English, Communicative English and Writing English are taught in the language schools in China. The teachers get one day off in a week.

It is mandatory for teachers to maintain discipline and abide by the rules and regulations of the schools. Dressing up properly, according to the school norms, is also important if you are working as a teacher in any Chinese school. The schools offer the best possible facilities to the teachers. Apart from good salary and free accommodation, Chinese schools provide many other added benefits. Moreover, Chinese teachers are extremely helpful and friendly towards their fellow colleagues.

The regular teaching hours in China shall not exceed sixteen to twenty hours per week. Teachers may be asked to teach extra hours with their due consent. For this, they are offered supplementary class instruction payment starting from 100 RMB per hour. These extra working hours may be adjusted by the school principal. During school vacations, teachers may be asked to participate in special classes or English day camps.

Generally, a reimbursement package ranging from 400 – 200,000 RMB is paid by the schools. Most of the schools bear the cost when an employee is sick and the amount from the salary is usually not deducted. It is always advisable to get an Expat Medical Coverage when teaching in China or any other foreign country.

Visa Information for China

Those who are seeking a teaching job in China are required to have a work visa. However, the visa is granted once the employer and the employee meet certain requirements. First and foremost, the organization has to be accredited to employ foreigners. In addition, the employee has to meet the requirements of being a “foreign expert” and has to have a certificate attesting that.

The most common employment in China for foreigners is teaching English. In order to hold suitable candidacy for doing that, the minimum qualification one needs to possess is having English as a first language apart from having a Bachelors degree and at least two years of teaching experience.

There is also an issue of age bar, which is hardly relevant, for the age of the male applicants is required to be between 18 years and 60 years and the age for the female applicants is required to be between 18 years and 55 years. Nonetheless, the age limit varies from one institution to another.

If you want your family members to accompany you, you have to apply for S1 or S2 Visa along with the Z visa (work visa) and a proof of how you are related (like for spouse the marriage certificate or for the child the birth certificate).

The Z Visa is valid till 30 days since the date of arrival during which you and the employer are required to seek a Temporary Residence Permit as per the contract duration, which might vary from the period of 90 days to 5 years.

Requisites

Passport Requirements: One needs to have the original passport and one photocopy of the information page. The copy has to be attested and is valid for 6 months beyond stay in China.

Visa Application Form: One needs to have a completed and signed visa application form along with a copy. An incomplete or erroneous visa application form might delay the process beyond imagination, and hence it should be done with immense concentration. All questions must be answered and if there is any which does not apply has to be filled as “NONE”. The form has to be filled in legible handwriting with black ink and handwriting changes are mostly not entertained. The signature of the application form is required to match that of the applicant’s passport.

Photograph Requirements: A 2 x 2 passport type colored photograph with plain or white background is required.

Official Invitation from China: One needs to have an original and a photocopy of the Work Permit for Aliens issued by the Chinese Labor Ministry or the Foreign Expert’s license issued by the Chinese Foreign Expert Bureau.

How to Apply

In order to apply, you have to go to the nearby Chinese embassy, consulate or other diplomatic mission personally or you can also send a confidant or hire a travel or visa agency for getting your job done. You generally need not make any appointment prior to your visit. Mailed applications are not accepted either.

Processing Time

In general, the processing time required is 4 working days. For instance, if you submit your application on Monday, you are likely to get your visa by Thursday. In order to lessen the processing time, you need to pay extra charges. For getting your visa done in a day, you need to pay US $30 and for getting it done within 2 to 3 working days, you need to pay US $20.

Visa Charges

All Chinese visas have almost equal charges. Commonly Chinese embassies issue single entry Z.
For American citizens the visa charge is US $140 and for others the charge is US $30.

Upfront Costs

Ancillary Costs
Cost of Food for a Week or a Bit More

This has to be kept in mind that you need to survive by yourself for at least a week or more till you get your first salary or before getting lodging and food arrangements from your hired school. In China standard of living is not that high and so is the cost of food. Delicious food is available at affordable rates and even street foods are no less tasty. Here is a see through to what can be the standard rates:

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 ¥
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120.00 ¥
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 28.00 ¥
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 6.00 ¥
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 20.00 ¥
Cappuccino (regular) 26.59 ¥
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 3.18 ¥
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.84 ¥

Tipping is not expected in midrange restaurants. Besides, if the service charge has already been added no tipping is anyway required.

Travel or medical insurance

Visa Charges

If you submit your visa application on Monday, you are likely to get your visa by Thursday. In order to lessen the processing time, you need to pay extra charges. For getting your visa done in a day, you need to pay US $30 and for getting it done within 2 to 3 working days, you need to pay US $20. All Chinese visas have almost equal charges. Commonly Chinese embassies issue single entry Z.

For American citizens the visa charge is US $140 and for others the charge is US $30.

A Criminal Record Check

You would need a no objection certificate for which you need to undergo a thorough criminal record check. According to Chinese law, the amount charged by different police stations for a criminal record check can vary from one region to another; however the cost generally varies around 10-300 yuan.

Cost of opening a Bank Account in China

Ok, you might find it hard to believe but all you need to open a back account in China is a passport. The bank at the most might ask you to make a small deposit of 10 to 20 RMB. Some banks might also charge a minimal amount for getting ATM cards. So, it’s better to bring an amount of 40 RMB as precaution.

Flights

Accommodation deposit

Two types of accommodation options are available for the students who take up the TEFL course in China – one during the training period and the other during post training. The student trainees can opt to stay in the “Youth Hostel” or studio apartment; accommodations are available in Shanghai during the course. There are many schools located in Shanghai as well. Once the TESOL or TEFL course is over, students may look for accommodation in places closer to work. In cases, when schools or institutes do not offer accommodation, GTA assists candidates to find the same.

Cost of accommodation during three weeks TESOL course in Shanghai:

  • Accommodation is exclusive of course fees
  • Shared apartments start at 3000 RMB/month
  • Studio apartments start at 4500 RMB/month
  • A deposit of 1000 RMB and an advance rent of 4500 RMB is to be paid for studio apartments. The rent is exclusive of utility bills for studio apartments.
  • For all other types of accommodation, the bills are included in the rent.

In the hostels there are multiple facilities available like computers with Internet connection, WiFi, printers, scanners, air conditioning, computer games, pool tables, massage chairs and a restaurant.

Terms and Conditions

  • First the application form needs to be filled and then you need to attach your resume with the scanned picture
  • Once you are done with the successful completion of the TEFL application procedure and approval, you are expected to deposit a non-refundable training fee, which amounts to US $ 500.
  • Another balance payment, which is also non-refundable, is needed to be paid one month before the date of commencement, the amount being USD 450.
  • Global Training Academy generally does not cancel registration once the fees are paid except in case of exceptions. The payment is most likely to be considered non-refundable and in such cases, the decision of the project organizer is held final. This should also be taken under consideration that the costs related to the staffing of the course and accommodation involved once paid is also non-reversible. The college also might or might not replace course members who have subsequently dropped out.
  • If you are ready to make an extra payment of US $100, you might be transferred to future similar project.
  • In order to opt for any alternative mode of payment, you can contact the organizer at admin@tesolcoursechina.com. The regular payment option available is online payment through credit card.
  • A pre-screening process takes place in which the applicant needs to properly submit a composed account of his/her personal history, and background and future aspirations and most importantly the motives behind taking up the Explore China Project with Global Training Academy. If any inaccurate or fraudulent claims are recognized in the application, it becomes subject to dismissal from the entire TESOL placement program.
  • The project fee is based much on your satisfactory completion of all the TESOL course assessments, including Teaching Practices, within the three weeks. If you somehow falter to complete all the courses satisfactorily within the period and it is agreed that an extension of time or further Teaching Practices are possible later, you will be liable to additional charges to cover additional staff time. These are USD$35 for each Teaching Practice and USD$20 for each piece of written work. If you withdraw from the moderation of your current course and wish to enter moderation on a later course, an additional moderation fee must be paid.
  • Any participant who withdraws from the TESOL and placement project after completion of the TESOL program will have to pay a fine of US$ 500 or may even have to pay the original balance fee for the TEFL program (US$500) and take their certification.
  • In case of any dishonorable action during the 12 months teaching assignment the participant will have to pay a fine of US$ 500.
  • The TEFL certificate is not graded and the final certificate will usually be available on the last day of the Special project completion
  • All course members are liable to the disciplinary regulations of the center. The course director's decision is final and dismissal from the course is not grounds for a refund.
  • GTA offers TESOL Certificate courses. Often extra activities and services are also advertised. While the TEFL certificate course will not significantly change in content, the extra activities and services may change due to local circumstances.
  • Any additional cost for obtaining teaching license will not be the responsibility of Global Training Academy.
  • We often advertise the teaching assignment to be for six months, in some cases this maybe be six months, six months two weeks or even seven months, but never more than that. This depends on the school where you are going to teach and the semester timings for that particular school.
  • Any change for Visa rules or Work permit rules, GTA will try to keep you updated on that time to time. The teachers will be responsible for any additional paper work / cost which may be due to change of Ministry of Education policy.
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