Types of ESL Teaching Jobs in Hangzhou
- Public primary and middle schools
- Training centers
Teaching in kindergartens
As everywhere in China, children aged from 3 to 18 years are the main clients of a foreign teacher. Public school jobs in Hangzhou often need qualified teachers, who could handle a large class (up to 50 students).
This might be challenging, but quite fun for an experienced professional because with huge groups you can try some mini theater playing, games, and creative activities. However, if you plan to start teaching English in China with no experience, a state school might not do for you, since it requires a lot of self-control, discipline, and skills.
Teaching in schools
Some people say that ESL public school jobs in Hangzhou are tiresome and don’t encourage creative thinking – that’s not true! You might be tempted to turn to classic methods like reading aloud and doing endless exercises sometimes, because an English class is not meant to be 100% about fun and play, but don’t get lazy – students love it when a foreign teacher invests his time and effort into inventing educational materials and brings diversity in class. Inspiring students always pays off!
It’s really not hard to find a decent vacancy for teaching English in primary schools in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, but employers usually prefer mentors with experience with young learners and those having a special certification.
In spite of the difficulties, connected with the number of students, there is a great perk about working at a state school – your schedule will be stable, you’ll get weekends off and some extra days off. Plus you will end work earlier – by 4 or 5 pm, which will let you take walks around the city, go sightseeing and enjoy your free evenings with friends.
Some of our clients ask: ‘Is it possible to teach adults in Hangzhou?’ because they don’t feel like working with kindergarten children or teens. Well, yes, sure! In a city with 13 million inhabitants, you can get the job you want.
In fact, there are two main factors here – working hours and type of students. Instructors who prefer adults get calmer and more focused students, who usually need less attention and control. On the other hand, teachers from abroad who choose such groups, often have to work during the weekend, because most adults get some free time on Saturdays/Sundays and are willing to use it for studies.
Plus, when you work in Hangzhou as an English teacher at a training center, be ready to get home at about 9 or 10 pm, since classes for adults tend to begin later and last till 8 pm or 9 pm.
Of course, you still get 2 days off during the week and if you choose those schedules, you get rewarded by not having to wake up early – typically, classes start in the afternoon, so a night owl will be able to get enough sleep, no worries.
The truth about salary
The truth about teaching English in China is that it might be slightly different from all your previous experience, but it’s totally worth it. Plus, you are normally treated as a dear guest, you get paid very well, benefit from bonuses and extra days off, and everyone tries to help you.
When it comes to salary, ESL teaching jobs in Hangzhou are among the top best-paid positions. Wages in the city can attain $2,300 per month, average ones being between $1,750 and $2,050. It might not seem a lot at first, but if you consider the workweek and the cost of living, you’ll be surprised by how beneficial it really is.
Of course, the pay depends on your actual qualifications and abilities: positions for non-natives and jobs for students in Hangzhou are not paid as well as the ones for natives. However, you still get the bonuses and allowances.