The truth about teaching English in China is that class sizes also depend on the type of institution: at state schools, they tend to be bigger, up to 50 people.
It’s vital to be ready to deal with this many students at once, especially if they are teens or young children.
However, Chinese kids are more disciplined and well-behaved, than European or American students, so don’t worry.
Plus, all foreigners teaching English at a Chinese school get a local assistant to help handle the class and prepare for it (copies, necessary materials).
At language courses, you mostly get to work with adults and children, but in way smaller groups – usually around 20 people per class.
But in this case, you’ll be required to work late hours (till 9 pm daily) and agree to teach on weekends, because that’s when they have the most students. You’ll have days off, of course, but they will fall on weekdays.
How much can you earn in Fuzhou?
Worried about how much you’ll earn if you teach English in China? Salaries in Fuzhou are quite decent.
Chances are, an inexperienced educator may get as much as 11,000 RMB ($1,600) per month, but qualified teachers applying for Fuzhou teaching jobs will get between 12,000 RMB and 14,000 RMB ($1,750 – $2,050) on average.
Note, that professionals can always negotiate better wages, if they are certified and have a good level and teaching skills. In any case, living in Fuzhou as a foreigner you don’t think about surviving, but about enjoying life, eating out and plenty of trips, which you can afford even with minimum wages.
What to expect from your role as an English teacher in Fuzhou
- 20-25 teaching hours
- Up to 10 office hours (preparation, demos, meetings, homework/test check)
- Monday-Friday for ESL public school jobs in Fuzhou
- Evenings and weekend classes at international schools
- Teach children/adults
- Provide quality classes, use up-to-date audio/video materials
- Make students practice a lot and gain confidence in speaking English
- Check tests, homework, provide written feedback
- Perform demo lessons, conversation clubs
- Attend school meetings and social events