What is the typical schedule like?
Depending on the type of learners you get and some other things (school, your preferences, contract), you can either have evening kind of schedule with free mornings and busy afternoons, or typical 8 am – 5 pm working hours.
Teaching jobs for foreigners in Foshan are not all similar: at international courses, you are required to teach at late hours, often till 9 pm, but on the other hand, you get to stay in bed longer and go to work after 2 pm.
In this case, Saturdays and Sundays are also workdays for you: there are many adult groups scheduled, and students usually want to benefit from their weekends to learn more intensively. Teachers still get days off, but these fall on some other days of the week.
Whenever you stumble across a vacancy for teaching English in primary schools in Foshan, the difference is evident: weekends off, morning classes starting at 8 am (sometimes at 7 am), 2-hour lunch+nap break, then classes till 5 pm or 5:30 pm.
Part-time positions with less than 40 working hours per week are also available.
How much can you earn in Foshan?
When you teach English in China salary depends on the school and the region – in Foshan jobs for foreigners are a catch, because being an experienced mentor living in Foshan you can earn up to 15,000 RMB ($2,200) and still get free housing and other benefits, even though cost of living here is quite cheap.
Beginners can count on slightly more modest wages – 8,500 – 12,000 RMB ($1,200 – $1,730), which is still great and will provide you with a comfortable living.
Even with a “minimum” salary, a foreigner teaching in Foshan can afford a lot: eating out, parties, comfort, trips, and savings.
What to expect from your role as an English teacher in Foshan
- Teach children or adults
- 5 days per week, 2 days off
- Up to 60 students per class (maximum 20 for Foshan international school jobs)
- 13-30 teaching hours weekly
- Minimum office hours, no required at some schools
- Use a modern approach in teaching
- Enhance creativity, speaking skills and listening
- Plan lessons, check tests
- Help other teachers with placement tests if needed
- Attend school meetings and events
- Do demo lessons and presentations