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Which Tesol course is right for me?

Compare us to other TESOL courses. The table below shows how our program is superior to all other TESOL courses.
Earn a salary while you earn your TESOL Diploma.
When you finish our TESOL course you will have over 300 hours teaching experience (gained over your 3-month teaching term), Basic Mandarin, and your TESOL Diploma.

Practical experience is a must when teaching English overseas. Don't waste your time only learning theory.
Live in China and study with us. Our TESOL course includes the best TESOL training available plus: free food,free accommodations, free Mandarin lessons, and a paid teaching English term.

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* As there are a limited number of spaces in our program, as a sponsored participant you pay US$200 as a non-refundable registration fee. This is the only fee you pay and you receive a monthly salary throughout your teaching term. So, you earn money through the ACTESOL program rather than it costing you money. Our sponsor schools are sponsoring your TESOL Diploma and therefore they will pay all of your remaining fees directly to us. The salary and benefits offered are what you receive. You do not pay any additional fees from the offered salary amount.

Can I teach in other countries?

When you graduate we give you 2 TESOL Diplomas or TESOL Certificates. One is for job applications in China and one is for other countries. Both are issued by ACTESOL Institute (Canada). The one for the Chinese job market is certified by the local Chinese Education Bureau. Our TESOL courses exceed international standards of TESOL Course Instruction and Teaching Practice. Therefore, you can use your TESOL Diploma or TESOL Certificate to apply for jobs around the world.

What will my healthcare be?

We do not provide medical coverage during your first month of training of the TESOL course. If you want health coverage during this month, you can arrange to either purchase travel insurance from home, air line, or Chinese health insurance once you arrive in Guangzhou. A year of coverage through AIA insurance in China costs around 120 to 150 US. Details regarding medical coverage throughout your TESOL teaching term provided with employment offer.

What is the state of healthcare in China?

Health care in China is quite good. The medicine is not that expensive and the modern hospitals are clean. (Although they can be very busy at times)Things such as dental and eye checks are much cheaper than back home and are of similar quality and standards.

Which vaccinations do I need?

Most visitors get immunizations against tetanus, typhoid and diphtheria (a common shot that people get when they travel almost anywhere) plus most people get a Hep-B vaccination since the disease is common in China. However, Hep-B needs 3 shots spaced over time so most people get it done after arrival in China, if they want it. The Chinese government does not require any vaccinations. However, before you can get a working visa or a work resident permit, you must have a health check. They check your general health but are primarily checking for Hep-B, TB, HIV and Syphilis.

How much money should I bring?

It's easy to live on US$200 a month. Some people spend much more than necessary because they frequently go out to western-style bars and restaurants. We recommend that you bring at least US$1000 as it may be two months before you receive your first salary. When traveling in China the easiest currency to change is US dollars. Traveler checks work but are sometimes hard to exchange or use. Your ATM card will allow you to withdraw money but no other transactions can be done with it.

How can I get a working visa?

You will enter China with a tourist visa or work visa. Once you begin your teaching term, you will need to apply for a work resident permit. Whether you apply for a tourist or a work visa depends on your employer. You can apply for a 90 day visa at the nearest Chinese consulate or embassy. If you're not close to one, there are companies that you can find on-line which will process your application for you.

What should I bring?

There are no really essential items to bring since almost everything can be bought locally. Some Western spices cannot be found and most Westerners notice a small food item that they can't locate. Most foreign stores can locate or order what you need but it may take a month or so to get it. Bringing clothes that can be worn in autumn and winter are necessary. Most new arrivals are surprised how cool it can get in Guangzhou in the winter months. It may also be a good idea to bring extra shoes if you have a shoe size larger than 9.Deoderant is hard to find and there are only a few types here. Bringing one or two extra sticks may be a good idea.

Should I bring my own computer?

If you have a laptop computer it is easy to bring over. Remember that Chinese technology is just as competitive as the west and all brands that you are used to can be found here. The costs in mainland China are about the same but you can find some things cheaper in Hong Kong.

What kind of students will I teach?

Our TESOL training program will prepare you for students of every level. Some teachers may find that they prefer younger students or adults as they go through the program. When you are finished the TESOL program you will be trained to teach at levels ranging from beginner English to Business English.
The exact type of students that you have during your teaching term will depend on your employer. Classes mostly focus on oral English or using oral methods to teach underlying structure. Students in China tend to learn vocabulary and grammar in their regular classes. The problem is they do not know how to use the language that they have obtained practically. This is the main focus of our TESOL course.

Will I have course material to teach from?

The curriculum that our teachers use during their training month is specific to the training centers. Most schools will have a specific curriculum that they expect teachers to follow. Some schools include making of materials as part of the teacher's office hours. All materials will be supplied during your training month. Once you start work the curriculum will depend on your employer.

What is your dress code?

TESOL Teachers are to look professional at all times. Depending on whether you are working with children or adults, your dress code may vary. It is a good idea to have casual slacks, dress shoes, and dress shirts. Some schools require their teachers to wear a tie when teaching higher level English.

Will I have any office work to do?

Some employers assign office duties. Typical office duties consist of organizing special events such as English Corners, organizing holiday events, being responsible for some aspect of the school such as updating a bulletin board, working on designing tests, developing or distributing questionnaires, etc. They may also include doing marketing presentations or attending outside events to promote the school. If a teacher has a special ability such as ad design, computer skills, etc. they may be asked to use office hours on related tasks.

What will my schedule be like?

The first four weeks of the TESOL course will be an extremely busy, full-time intensive study term and you will teach your first classes early in your course. In addition to TESOL input sessions, you will also have 20 hours of Chinese language classes, at least 10 hours of evaluated teaching practice, 30 ~ 40 hours of lesson preparation (for each hour of teaching practice, new teachers generally spend 3 ~ 4 hours preparing a lesson plan), 10 hours of observing experienced teachers (you may request to observe more classes if you like), plus time spent outside of class studying, working on professional development projects and completing Chinese language homework. During your TESOL teaching term, your teaching schedule depends on your employer. Some teachers have a few heavy class days and more time off the rest of the week while others teach a little each day.


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