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Introduction

Nestled in the shadow of the Tiantai and Siming mountain ranges, Fenghua is a small but incredibly pleasant part of China. It's fame comes from being the birth place of Chiang Kai Shek, the (in) famous leader of the nationalist movement during the tumultuous years of the Second World War and Chinese Civil War.

The city is a refreshing change from the bustle of China's larger cities. With a population of about 480,000, it has a much more laid back and relaxed feel. In spite of this, there is plenty to recommend it as a potential place to find work as a teacher.

The social life in Fenghua is different from many cities in that its expat community is only small. There are far fewer foreign workers in this city than places such as Suzhou or Shanghai. This does not mean that there is not ample opportunity to have fun, however, and the array of local restaurants and KTV (Karaoke clubs) form the backbone of social life in Fenghua.

Fenghua is also an area of scenic beauty. It is surrounded by mountains and is also home to lakes and reservoirs. At night, the river is lit up and is an attraction for walkers, runners and wanderers.

Fenghua, therefore, should not be overlooked as a place to work. Its authentic charm, convenience, relaxed pace of life and proximity to scenic beauty make it an excellent choice for those wanting to experience a real taste of China. 

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Why Shane Fenghua is right for you

Reasons to work for Shane English Fenghua Relaxed working atmosphere. Intimate office environment. Highly accommodating and friendly staff.Honesty and transparency with teachers.Easy transport links to the rest of China on the high speed rail network. Laid-back and peacful pace of life in close proximity to scenic areas.

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The school

Fenghua's school is a much more intimate affair than many of Shane's schools. The office is situated near Yue Lin square, a popular area with locals at night. There are currently two teachers and three TAs at the school. The school owner also bases himself in the school. There are four spacious classrooms. At the moment, only two are used, but with the potential for expansion, the others may be used in the future. Classes run from Wednesday to Sunday, with the weekday classes occupying the evening slots. This provides a nice element of consistency to teachers' schedules and all resources are kept at the school and shared by the teachers and Chinese staff.

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What is it like to live in China?

China is developing quite fast and many of the conveniences you find at home can now be found here. In fact, China has a lot more in common with western countries than you realize. The public transportation system here is incredibly good and rivals those in the west in terms of efficiency and quality. Malls and supermarkets are springing up everywhere and you can practically find anything online with Taobao, China’s most popular online shopping website. Chinese people are incredibly friendly and will go out of their way to assist you even with the language barrier. You don’t even have to ask.

 

What is the social life like in China?

The teachers at Shane English create their own social events. From having barbeques to movie nights, there is always something on the calendar. Shanghai offers much of the nightlife you find at home. There lots of bars, restaurants, clubs, stores and supermarkets that caters to the expat community. In addition, there are a lot of museums, galleries and other places of interest to keep you occupied.

 

Are the street signs and transportation all in Chinese? What if I get lost?

In most cities, roads signs have the alphabet as well as Chinese characters. The subways are incredibly easy to navigate and transportation is usually very convenient. You will be picked up at the airport by one of our welfare officers and they will help you to navigate the city as well. If you ever have any problems getting around, you can easily ask the welfare officer or other teachers for help.

 

How will I find a place to live?

We will show you a number of apartments from which to choose. You can also send us your preferences and we will do our best to find apartments that meet your requirements. Some schools provide free housing for their teachers while others provide housing assistance.

 

What’s teaching like? I’m a bit nervous!

Everybody is nervous about his or her first class! That’s very natural, but you will have the support of other teachers and your manager to help you plan your lesson and talk about any concerns you have. Usually the nerves go away after a few classes. Don’t worry, teaching is lots of fun!

 

How do will I be able to get my daily necessities if I don’t speak Chinese?

At Shane English, we have an incredibly good support system. Our welfare officers will assist you wherever possible. A lot of schools will offer Chinese classes and you only need the basics to get around without help. This can be learnt in less than a week! Teachers at our schools also form very close groups and will be more than happy to help you.

 

How do I teach English if I can’t speak Chinese?

We immerse our students completely in English so it’s better if you don’t speak Chinese at all! We will also give you sufficient training so that you are equipped to teach without knowing a single word of the native language.

 

Can anyone help me to translate and keep discipline in class?

We like to keep the classes completely immersed in English so we prefer not to have any Chinese at all in class, however there is a Chinese teaching assistant in all of your classes who will be there to support you the whole way. Of course as the teacher you should control the class, but the TA will definitely help you to demonstrate activities and help keep the kids in line.

 

How many students are there per class?

At Shane English learning centers, class sizes won’t exceed 16 students. On average, there are about ten students per classes. We also offer one to one classes and teach at other locations like kindergartens and public schools where classes average about 30 students.

 

How long does it take to plan a lesson? Do I have office hours to plan?

You may be given office hours from time to time if you are under your teaching hours for the month, but they will usually have a specific task rather than be for lesson planning. Many companies do require teachers to do lesson plans in the office, we don’t. Your contracted teaching hours are the hours that you will be expected to work, so planning is in your own time. Planning time varies from teacher to teacher, but the more thought you put into the class, the more likely your class is to be successful. 

 

 

What are my teaching hours?

You are contracted to work an average of 20-25 teaching hours. Contact hours will depend on your individual school and sometimes the time of the year. Most schools will run special courses during the summer and winter school breaks. Shane English schools don’t usually have office hours beyond the hours you are contracted to teach.

 

What salary do you pay?

Shane English offers a very competitive salary package.This is based on school location and position. In smaller locations, the cost of living is much less than the bigger cities, which means you are likely to save much more.

 

Will I earn enough money to support myself?

You will be able to afford a very good standard of living on your salary. In fact, you would be able to see and do a lot more as your salary would afford a much stronger purchasing power than you are used to at home. You will be able to save without limiting your lifestyle. How much you save is entirely up to you. (See cost of living for details.)

 

How much holiday do I get?

You will get 22 days paid holiday during your twelve-month contract. These will include the national holidays?

 

What’s the dress code?

Shane English understands that teachers are at their best when they feel comfortable. Our dress code is smart casual. Details of the dress code will be sent in our info packet.

 

What opportunities for advancement does Shane English offer?

Shane English offers many opportunities for advancement. We put great emphasis on promoting from within the company, so if you have what it takes, the opportunity is available.

 

What happens if I don’t like China or teaching?

We have an in built support system to help you with any problems you might have, there are always people to talk to. You can grab a coffee or dinner with other teachers and managers and have a chat. You’re never alone! There are many teachers who’ve all had those “China moments” (in fact pretty much everybody does at some point!) so you will be able to get great advice, or even just a friendly ear when things get tough. 



Feb 16 , 2016

Places of Interest / Things To Do

In terms of social life, the local population is extremely friendly, and the few expats that call Fenghua home are very close-knit. It is therefore an excellent place for a person with a desire to truly experience China. The major social attractions here are the ample supply of local restaurants, serving up great seafood, fish and other delicious dishes, and KTV. For those not familiar with Chinese KTV, it is not to be missed when coming to China, and involves hiring a room for the night, supplying it with beer and friends and soaking in the array of cheesy pop on offer. Fenghua’s cuisine (as to be expected of a city in a coastal province) is primarily seafood and fish based. Another particular highlight, however are the bullfrog dishes and there are some fantastic street food areas serving up fried noodles and barbecue late into the night.

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