42 OF THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT TEACHING ENGLISH IN CHINA
Compiled in association with The State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, PRC (SAFEA)
Please note: China TESOL Teacher Registry [C.T.T.R] is an
organisation managed and administered by Global Access China Ltd
and authorised to recruit persons for teaching positions with SAFEA Approved Chinese Government Schools. The following terms and conditions are guaranteed by the Central Government of the People's Republic of China, Beijing, through the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA), but only apply to applicants processed through CTTR.
Of the 583,992 Educational institutions in China, less than 10,000 units have been Accredited by SAFEA for the purpose of employing foreign teachers. Persons entering China
for the purpose of undertaking unauthorised employment at
do so at their own personal risk and safety and are subject to substantial fines and possible "eviction".
take the time to read this document carefully as China is not like any other country and has customs, traditions and protocols that do not always comply with Western Standards. Nonetheless,
as an authorised teacher you will be treated as a special guest of the People's Republic of China and will find yourself immersed in the daily lifestyle of the Chinese people.
and living in China can be both very stimulating and educational; conversely it can, on occasions, be very exciting and challenging, but it is almost always an unforgettable experience.
year C.T.T.R. processes 100's of applications, receives and answers thousands of questions from persons interested in Teaching Conversational English in China. Many of the questions have
same foundation and refer to basic entitlements, others are less obvious before coming to China and are often asked after, rather than before arrival.
Following is a list of the most frequently
asked questions to which you find answers in the following text:
1. Do I get paid a fixed salary?
2. What will my accommodation be like?
What is the usual contract period?
4. What happens if I get sick?
5. Who pays for my airfare to China?
Can I supplement my income by doing other teaching work?
7. If I live off campus, how do I get to work?
8. When should I apply?
What documents/information am I required to provide to support my application to teach in China?
10. I have heard there is a holiday allowance?
I understand I may get a bicycle to use?
12. Will I have the opportunity to travel during my stay?
13. Dress Standards
I have heard that the Chinese are very good hosts.
15. What additional information must I include in my CV/Resume?
16. When could I expect to receive my
Official Invitation and Temporary Residency Permit?
17. What documents should I present to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate for processing my Visa Application?
Can I travel to china for teaching without a work visa?
19. When am I expected to arrive in China?
20. Will someone meet me upon my arrival in China?
21. After arrival in China, how will I finally get to my school?
Can I also bring my spouse (Partner) and child with me to China?
23. What am I required to teach?
What teaching materials do I have to use for my teaching?
25. Where will I be teaching?
26. How long do the school holidays last in China?
27. I do not have teaching qualifications, can I still apply?
28. English is not my first language, can I still apply?
Are there any age restrictions?
30. What type of airfare/ ticket should I buy when I travel to China?
What shall I have to do during the school holiday periods?
32. Do I have to observe all the relevant regulations and laws during my stay in China?
In what currency will I be paid for my teaching in China?
34. When will my school pay me?
35. Can I apply for and pursue a degree course at a China
university while I am still engaged as a teacher In China?
36. Could I have the privilege of taking Chinese Language Lessons during my stay in China?
What is the attitude of the Chinese people toward the foreigners?
38. What are the main terms and conditions of the Employment Contract that I sign with my school?
39. What is the list of my main obligations and responsibilities during my teaching period in China?
40. What do I do if I have some disagreement at my school?
41. What is the average cost of living in China?
42. What is the power system in China if I bring with me my electrical appliance?
C.T.T.R. recruits on behalf of Government of China, Provincial Governments and SAFEA Approved schools, colleges and
universities throughout the length and breadth of Mainland China. C.T.T.R. does not recruit for schools in Shanghai, Hong Kong or Taiwan.
C.T.T.R. is one of a handful of Central
Government accredited SAFEA non-government organisations that is lawfully authorized for the purpose of recruiting foreign teachers of English for Chinese schools. This is your safety net.
All Chinese Government Schools that are SAFEA and Foreign Affairs Office authorised to employ foreign teachers are required to maintain minimum teaching, living and accommodation
standards as proclaimed, from time to time, by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (S.A.F.E.A.). This is your absolute guarantee. Provided you do not break the law, work
diligently and competently and pass your regular work assessments, your school is obliged to provide you with accoutrements to certain minimum standards; to provide the contracted benefits and to
pay your salary in full and on time.
C.T.T.R. has bundled many of the most frequently asked questions together and has attempted to provide answers in plain English; however, given the
variables that exist in China, a single answer is often very difficult. Therefore, all statements made must be accompanied by a disclaimer that all the information is designed to give a
generalised overview of teaching and benefits for Conversational English in China, and should in no way be construed to be an official document nor a statement of your rights or benefits.
Chinese schools, colleges and universities are always in need of good conversational English language teachers, especially trained teachers.
There are two main intake times, August and February and the largest choice of locations comes at these times of greatest demand. Mid to late semester there is much less demand for teachers, and hence, far less choice with regard final posting.
Chinese nationals are generally happy, healthy and honest, and are equal to the most obliging hosts in the world. Chinese society whilst being extremely modest, devoid of smut and sexual
connotations, can at times appear almost contradictory. Foreign teachers are expected to set an example, conduct themselves in an ethical, mature manner and observe minimum dress standards. Do
not be disappointed and hold yourself up for unnecessary criticism and potential dismissal; follow a few simple dress and decorum rules and you can have an absolutely fabulous time in China.
Following is a list of the attractive benefits and entitlements you can reasonably expect from a school, college or university at which you may be employed in China: Some give more, much more,
some give slightly less; but all ensure a minimum level of personal comfort and privacy.
1 Reimbursement of your round trip international airfare if you contract for a minimum of two semesters; one way airfare if for only one semester.
2 Meet & Greet on arrival in China
and round trip transport from your China entry airport to your final destination.
3.The Provision of furnished western style accommodation [at least] equal to a standard 3 Star Hotel.
4. Guaranteed monthly salary for the duration of your contract.
5. SAFEA Employment Contract.
6. "Green Card" or temporary residency permit for the duration of your stay.
7. Comfortable living and work environment. Good teaching facilities.
8. A holiday bonus during the School Vacation (summer or winter), or other holidays in China in lieu of the bonus.
9. Health Care.
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