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July 09, 2006

Teaching Spots - Shanghai, China

Hi Readers!

Originally a seaside fishing village, Shanghai is now the largest industrial city in China. It has a population of 18.7 million people and covers an area of nearly 2,500 square miles. Like Beijing, Shanghai is another modern metropolis with a blend of traditional temples and modern high-rises. However, unlike Beijing...

... the weather is much more comfortable and the streets are remarkably cleaner- two very important details if you've ever faced a winter blizzard or spring sandstorm in the 'Jing'!

Though people in Shanghai have their own dialect, known as Shanghaihua, which may be more correctly labeled as its own language, most people that you will encounter will speak Mandarin (standard Chinese) as well. The downside of this is that it makes learning Mandarin a bit more challenging; the upside is that you have the opportunity of to learn two different Chinese dialects in one go.

If you've been keeping up with the news at all, you might know that the first trains headed to Tibet on the new railway system in China that depart from Shanghai are scheduled to leave on July 16th, which means that Tibet will be added to the list of places to travel to from Shanghai. Granted, the others, which include Beijing, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, and Nanjing, are much closer!

As in other cities in China, the amount of teaching opportunities that are available are infinite. There are private English schools for children and adults, high schools, universities- you name it. Standard pay for an hour of tuition ranges from 100-150 rmb/ hour, though it is possible to make twice that amount for private students.

As is the trend in other cities around China, it is not necessary to have a TEFL certificate- or even prior teaching experience- to teach there. However, more and more schools are willing to increase your salary if you can hand over a copy of your certificate.

For more information about teaching in Shanghai, go to the following websites:

* shanghai.asiaxpat.com
* www.shanghai-ed.com
* www.shanghaiexpat.com
* www.xianzai.com

While the cost of living is a bit more than that of Beijing, the quality of life is also comparatively better, so if Beijing sounds a bit too barbaric (as many folks in Shanghai would agree), Shanghai may be the place for you!

Cheers,

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, has lived and worked in China since 1998. During that time, she has worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She’s worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she’s also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing as well as working as an ESL instructor for the Australian International School of Beijing. Carol is also enrolled in Oxford Brookes' MA TESL program in Oxford, England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at July 9, 2006 10:01 AM

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