Our unique TEFL course is designed to give you the confidence necessary to teach effectively.
Teaching Nomad's experienced team collaborated with a number of seasoned ESL and TEFL trainers to create a unique curriculum. Our course focuses heavily on applicable teaching skills rather than on pedantic theory to build the confidence needed to be an effective teacher. Our position as the number one recruiting agency in Shanghai allows us to visit client schools to give aspirant teachers hands-on experience with real English learners.
Teaching Nomad has well over thirty years of combined experience in China's Education industry. We recruit for the major schools in the country and we know exactly what schools--and students--look for in a teacher. While our seasoned TEFL instructors and coaches will prepare you for life as a teacher in China, Our Teaching Nomad recruiters will help you find the best job once you graduate. With Teacher Link TEFL, a teaching job is almost always guaranteed.
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1. What kind of visa should I get? How do I obtain it and what do I need to know for the application?
You need a Tourist visa for attending this course. You can obtain it from your local consulate or a travel agent. You could find your local consulate’s website through Google by typing in “Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in __(Country of Residence)____” for example. Please check your local consulate’s website for any changes in the visa policy.
2. How many students on average are in the program?
Small groups of 4 - 10 students is the usual size however the number may go up in summer. Most of the participants are American, British, Canadian or Australian, although we do accept non-native speakers of English who have a good grasp of the English language.
3. What are the teaching practice students and classes like?
We offer English classes for Chinese students (all ages and levels) who are interested in improving their English language abilities. Trainees will be scheduled for observed teaching practice both on and off site depending on students’ circumstances. Class sizes range from 4 to 50. Trainees will be teaching lessons of 35 to 55 minutes according to class availability.
4. What is the program accommodation like, when can I check in?
5. What is the average salary like in China?
The average salary’s in China range greatly depending on different cities, local cost of living and how much you want to work. The average ESL salary ranges from 11,000-15,000 RMB per month in Beijing/Shanghai China to 5,000-10,000 in more rural areas. If you add in overtime and part-time tutoring gigs it’s possible to earn upwards of 20,000 as a recent TEFL-graduate, although you’re unlikely to have much time to spend your hard-earned cash ;).
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There are literally hundreds of cool things to do and see in and around Shanghai. Here are just a couple to get you started!
The Shanghai TEFL center works closely with a Rock and Wood hostel in Shanghai. The spacious hostel was voted “most popular hostel in Shanghai “ in the years 2015 and 2016 and is located 10 minutes from Zhongshan Park and a 25 minute subway ride from the TEFL center. Opportunities to eat local, Western and food from other cuisines are abundant and the hostel also features an in-house restaurant and where food and drinks are served for most of the day. There are quiet areas, a roof top bar and a large garden that are ideal for studying. Private rooms start at $30 USD/night and can be shared with other trainees, dorms start at $11 USD/night.
We can also help you to arrange private housing, with shared apartments starting at $600 USD/room and studio apartments at $850 USD.
The theory sessions, which are very informative and interactive, cover the following topics:
I. FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXPERIENCE
- The trainee will complete a daily learning journal during the foreign language experience, culminating in a 500-word conclusion. The focus is critical reflection on the learning experience and useful insights for teaching.
II. LANGUAGE AWARENESS
- Grammar (10 hours) Inputs cover word classes, simple sentence elements, complex sentences and clauses, verb time and tense, aspect and conditionals and modals, phrasals and voice.
- Phonology (10 hours) Covering phonemics, rhythm, stress, intonation, place & manner of articulation, and connected speech.
III. STUDENT PROFILE (14 hours)
- Trainees work with individual students on building rapport, error analysis and correction, and addressing individual student needs. Three meetings with the student are required including transcription and error analysis of audio and written samples, culminating in a 60-minute session observed by a trainer.
IV. TEACHING TECHNIQUES (30 hours)
Teaching techniques normally cover:
- approaches to language learning
- warmers and modeling
- controlled practice
- interactive blackboards
- lesson planning models – with peer teaching
- appropriate language and comprehensible input
- language in context – with peer teaching
- vocabulary: cotext and context
- communicative activities
- theater techniques
- textbook review and evaluation
- classroom management
- listening activities
- pronunciation activities
- songs and chants
- reading activities
- writing activities
- teaching young learners
- feedback and testing
V. TEACHING PRACTICE AND OBSERVATION
All teachers complete:
- 3 hours of observing experienced teachers
- 1 hour observing professionally developed video
- 20 hours of peer observation
- 6 hours of individual teaching practice
VI. MATERIALS PROJECT (10 hours)
All trainees must develop two sets of materials for teaching practice. Each set must be durable, usable for multiple lesson contexts, and easily portable. The materials may include visuals, realia, audio or videotape, cue cards or class handouts, but may not be photocopied from published sources. The summation of this project is a presentation to the trainers on how the materials were used, how they could be improved and how they might be used in another context.