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Why does my online resume not show my email address? How will prospective employers contact me?
Where can I find employers' e-mail address and how do I respond to job offer?
Why didn't I receive a reply?
I have accepted a job with a school and am satisfied. How can I stop receiving offers from other schools?
I'm interested in comparing my current offer to other schools. How can I do this?
I sent my application online but received no response. Why?
About Benefit
How much about overtime payment?
How about my accommodation?
How about the monthly salary?
How can I live in China on 4000 Yuan?
Why does the school I plan to work for give me such a hard time about paying for my ticket overseas? If they don't pay for it, I can't go.
Why do different schools pay different salaries (for instance, 3000-8000 Yuan) per month for the same work?
Do I have enough paid vacations to travel in China during my teaching contract?
About Application
What if I do not have a degree?
What if I have limited teaching experience?
Who can apply teaching jobs in China?
What is "Foreign Experts" and "Foreign Teachers" ?
If I disagree with the contract offered to me by a school, can I suggest changes? Or will my application be immediately rejected?
I'm an American with no scanner, why do Chinese schools always want my photos?
About Suggestion
I don't understand Chinese and most of my fellow teachers speech very little English. How can I communicate effectively with them?
I think I've fallen in love with a Chinese student but the school is against us… What should I do?
I'm not really comfortable with the gas-oven… can I have an electric oven?
Should I take my stereo to China? Will it work there? Or do I need a special plug?
I am a black man who applied to teach in China, but I was never answered. Are Chinese people racist?
I haven't got Foreign Labor Papers, and my employee never mentioned anything about this to me. What should I do?
I can't stand the school's lunch! Can I get a lunch stipend instead of a free school lunch?
My employer has not paid me, or has delayed the payment guaranteed in my contract, what can I do?
About Teaching
How does teaching English in china differ from teaching English to students for whom it is their first language?
Is a uniform required in class?
What courses are required to teacher?
Security Tips
Protect yourself from fraudulent emails and stop Spam



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Why does my online resume not show my email address? How will prospective employers contact me?

When you click "apply" botton, your resume information is automatically sent to the employer, allowing you and that employer to correspond through Abroadchina.org web-based form.
If you list your email address, you can expect to be spammed.Address-harvesting robots will spider everywhere and extract them. So remove them wherever possible. This will drastically cut down the amount of spam you receive.

Where can I find employers' e-mail address and how do I respond to job offer?

When you receive an e-mail detailing a job offer, do not reply directly to the e-mail sender. If you want to reply, click on the URL link at that e-mail.

Why didn't I receive a reply?

Please check to see if any of the following has occurred:
1, Your e-mail account is full.
2, Your e-mail filter put abroadchina.org email into it's junk folder.
3, You set your online resume in "sleep" status.

I have accepted a job with a school and am satisfied. How can I stop receiving offers from other schools?

You can use your ID and password to "sign in" (this option is on the upper left-hand side of the page), then in the "update" menu, change your "active" status to "sleep". This will indicate that you are currently hired and your file will not appear online. After this, you should receive no further invitations. If you would like to look again in the future, simply change your status, the same way, back to "active". Your resume will once again be available online and you should begin to receive new offers shortly.

I'm interested in comparing my current offer to other schools. How can I do this?

It's easy. If you register your ID here then you can find other offers.

I sent my application online but received no response. Why?

Did you also submit your resume? Applications are often submitted without resumes to schools that receive many applications at once. Some employers will contact you after your online application requesting a resume, but not always. If you are truly interested in the job, you should attach your resume from the start. There is an option on the online application form to send a resume as well.

How much about overtime payment?

Foreign teachers may be invited to teach beyond their contracted number of hours. If so, you should be paid a sum per hour decided upon through negotiation.(common overtime payment is RMB 50-150 per class hour)

How about my accommodation?

Most of host employers will be responsible for lodging you in adequate accommodations. In many cases, this is a furnished apartment with adequate furniture, TV, refrigerator, heat/AC, washing machine, and kitchen availability. Some institutions may lodge you in a guesthouse facility.

How about the monthly salary in China?

Teachers and Experts monthly salary based on contractual arrangements. Salaries are negotiable with individual schools and vary considerably according to institution and location.
The administration also has a guideline for paying foreign cultural and educational experts, classifying salaries into three grades according to their performance and academic degrees.

The first grade, from 2,200 to 3,300 yuan (US$265 to 398), is suitable for college teachers with a bachelor's degree and at least two years of teaching experience. High school teachers must have at least three years of teaching experience.

The second grade, from 3,300 to 4,600 yuan (US$398 to $554), is suitable for assistant professors and lecturers in colleges, high school teachers with master's degrees and at least five years of teaching experience, and people with equivalent qualifications.

The third, from 4,600 to 6,000 yuan (US$554 to $723), is suitable for professors or associate professors in colleges and universities, senior lecturers in countries of the British Commonwealth, and people with equivalent qualifications.

Actually, private institutes generally pay more than state colleges and universities.

* Foreign experts earning more than 4,001 yuan (US$482) must pay Chinese income taxes.

How can I live in China on 4000 Yuan?

According to going rate for commodities in China, 4000 Yuan is a pretty good deal, especially with free room and board. Even if you stay in one of the larger cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, etc. you will have a good time. You don't really need to worry about making ends meet. (For reference, the average Chinese person makes less 1000-1500 Yuan a month).

Why does the school I plan to work for give me such a hard time about paying for my ticket overseas? If they don't pay for it, I can't go.

Most schools will gladly pay your plane fare back after your contract is up. But most refuse to do so prematurely as some teachers may choose to violate their contracts and go back home before it is finished at the cost of the school. Please wait until your contract is up to receive this payment. If you do not receive it than you can go to the local government to complain.

Why do different schools pay different salaries (for instance, 3000 – 8000 Yuan) per month for the same work?

Please don't assume that this is unfairness. Sometimes schools may require different workloads or provide different benefits. Some schools may require more than 20 hours a week while others require only 14-16. In addition, if you work beyond the length of your contract, the school may pay you a subsidiary of 50-120 Yuan. In this case, your salary may even be higher than your agreement states. In China, usually state-owned schools pay a smaller salary than private schools, however state-owned schools most often provide their workers with free room and board, plus paid-vacation and travel tickets. Private schools most often offer very few perks.
So please take the following points into consideration:
A, Number of hours worked per week.
B, Does your employer offer full room and board?
C, Does your employer offer any vacation? Is it with salary?
D, Does your employer cover the cost of your flight tickets?

Do I have enough paid vacations to travel in China during my teaching contract?

Yes. Your vacations shall be in conformity with the host school's schedule in addition to the Chinese public holidays. The major annual breaks occur in summer with four weeks and in winter with another 4 weeks covering the Spring Festival/Chinese New Year festivities. Additionally, there is one week beginning May 1 celebrating International Labor Day and another one week beginning October 1 celebrating China's National Day. The foreign teachers will be also allowed one to two days for their religious holidays, such as Christmas day. So there is ample opportunity to travel and see other areas of your region throughout the academic year. In most cases, if you are invited with a contract for one year (or one term) and have accomplished the task as stipulated in the contract, you will receive a travel allowance given by the host employers. (About 2, 200 Yuan RMB per year and 1,100 Yuan for half a year, some institutions also give other gifts, depending on the occasion)

What if I do not have a degree?

If you do not have a degree, you must have:
Qualified Teacher Status and at least one years' recent classroom-based experience of teaching English or modern languages, or a TEFL qualification and one years' classroom-based experience of TEFL or teaching another subject.
However, some school will accept you without degree requested, and in some summer program, they may also accept. But some school will not accept you without a degree, so your options will be restricted.

What if I have limited teaching experience?

With TEFL qualifications or equivalent & less than one years experience. If you have a degree, some host schools still will except you.

Who can apply teaching jobs in China?

More than 150 thousand foreign teachers needed every year in China, these jobs are open to you if you:
1. Are a native speaker (English for English teaching job, etc.)
2. Hold a minimum of Bachelor's degree, in any subject.
With teaching experience/certificate are particularly welcome, but it is not essential.
3. Are in excellent physical and mental health.

What is "Foreign Experts" and "Foreign Teachers"?

"Foreign Experts" or "Foreign Teachers", depending upon their educational background, professional abilities and their work assignments.

A foreign expert must hold a Master or Doctor's degree and have at least 2 years teaching experiences, or have a senior academic title as professor or associate professor.

A foreign teacher must possess a Bachelor degree and have at least two years of teaching experience.

Foreign expert certificates issued by foreign affairs bureaus.

If I disagree with the contract offered to me by a school, can I suggest changes? Or will my application be immediately rejected?

Nearly all contracts can be changed slightly. Perhaps the original contract has an error or lacks detail in certain areas. You can most often contact the school with your concerns. But always keep your contract; it will be your lifeline if you have trouble with the school later on.

I'm an American with no scanner, why do Chinese schools always want my photos?

Almost all schools will request a photo or photos from you. These are for the purpose of completing government-required forms. As you know, China has a strict foreign labor policy. In addition, schools may be curious as to your appearance and origin. Many school prefer the typical "Western" look and would like to hire those with blonde hair and blue eyes.

I don't understand Chinese and most of my fellow teachers speech very little English. How can I communicate effectively with them?

This is a headache for many Western teachers. Lack of communication can lead to any number of mistakes. We suggest you make an attempt to use very simple English, using pen and paper to write down your message if necessary. If you have an issue with the school or another teacher, please write your request in plain, clear English and deliver it to the school's Principal or President, be sure to include both your thoughts and your reasons. Usually you will receive an answer promptly. If they do not understand English personally, they can look for someone to provide a translation. Many Chinese have better knowledge of written English than spoken English. So please remember to write down your requests, but please avoid demanding too much of your superiors. Don't deliver these letters too frequently.

I think I've fallen in love with a Chinese student but the school is against us… What should I do?

In China, as long as you are both adults, your relationship is legal. However, you should not live together until you have obtained a marriage license. Also keep in mind that schools frown on relationships between students and teachers.

I'm not really comfortable with the gas-oven… can I have an electric oven?

Most Chinese people use the gas-stove, if you prefer an electric oven you must ask your host or school.

Should I take my stereo to China? Will it work there? Or do I need a special plug?

You can bring it if you want, but you also bring an adapter. China uses alternating current of 220V. Please plan accordingly.

I am a black man who applied to teach in China, but I was never answered. Are Chinese people racist?

This is a sensitive subject. While our answer is "no", many schools have hired black teachers and instructors for summer camps, you must provide proof of your ability to speak well. Many Chinese people doubt your ability to speak proper, unaccented English if your origin is some place other than USA, Canada, England or Australia. Also, lack of a diploma may lead to doubts about your ability. Perhaps more so for minority applicants than Caucasian applicants, you must provide proof of your qualifications. But if you are determined and prove yourself to be experienced and have command of a standard accent, you should be accepted.

I haven't got Work Permit Papers, and my employee never mentioned anything about this to me. What should I do?

If you have a "Foreign Expert Paper", you don't need work permit papers. But if you haven't received any paper, then it's illegal to employ you in China. If you are discovered, you will be deported immediately and fined. So you must urge your employer to apply for these papers on your behalf, without them, you can't work. If your employer can't provide them for you, we suggest you find another who can.

I can't stand the school's lunch! Can I get a lunch stipend instead of a free school lunch?

Many schools will agree to it. Usually the amount provided is 300-400 Yuan per month.

My employer has not paid me, or has delayed the payment guaranteed in my contract, what can I do?

It doesn't happen frequently, but if it happens to you, try to stay calm. Think about the reasons your employer may have. Then you can do one of the following:

A, You can look for a new employer as soon as possible. In China, English teachers are in very high demand. You can search www.abroadchina.org for other schools needing teachers or submit your resume. If you still have troubles finding a new position you can simply email George directly. He'll help you if he can.

B, Complain about a breech of contract. If you have a "Foreign Expert Paper", you can bring your grievance to the Foreign Affairs Bureau locally. If you have "Alien Employment Permit" papers you can go to the local Labor and Social Security Bureau and file a complaint against your employer there. If you have an F-type Visa, you can go to the local Education Bureau of your case. If you would like to handle your case directly you can dial the local "Mayor Hotline", usually the number for this service is "12345". We suggest asking a Chinese associate for help with your complaint as many Chinese receptionists do not understand English. We also suggest that, before filing any complaint, you ask your employer directly for the reason your payment has not been delivered as promised. Sometimes situations like this can iron themselves out simply by talking with your employer. Most cases are simply the result of some unfortunate misunderstanding. Going to your school's principal or president will generally result in the quickest resolution.

How does teaching English in china differ from teaching English to students for whom it is their first language?

In China, traditional foreign language teaching emphasis on grammar-based learning, now newer methods concentrate more on speaking and listening with less emphasis on grammar-based learning. But you may still have to analyzed the grammar points clearly. So if you have the teaching English as a foreign language(TEFL/TESL) certification, it will help you find ESL job easily.

Is a uniform required in class?

No, casual-wear is acceptable. But be certain not to dress in anything "inappropriate" (ie. mini-skirts, cleavage, etc.)

What courses are required to foreign teacher?

In primary or middle school, you will be asked to teach kids mainly focus on the oral English.

In the college or university, you may be asked to teach some following courses: Linguistics, Reading, Composition, Grammar, English, American literature, Cultural survey of English-speaking countries, conversational English and specialized subjects such as business English, international marketing English, accounting, law etc.

Protect yourself from fraudulent emails and stop Spam

1, Remove your e-mail address from your online resume to reduce or stop Spam

AbroadChina.org will not list yours and employers' e-mail address and just allowing you and that employer to correspond through Abroadchina.org web-based form instead. If you list your email address, you can expect to be spammed.

Address-harvesting robots will spider everywhere and extract them. Unfortunately, many of people now spend so much time filtering and deleting spam that their biggest concern has become that people not lose messages they really want. So remove them wherever possible. This will drastically cut down the amount of spam you receive.

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Email Attachments: AbroadChina.Org emails will never ask you to download an attachment or a software program. Attachments contained in fraudulent emails often contain viruses that may harm your computer or compromise your account.

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