1.Introduction to Eden English


Eden English first opened its doors back in May 2003, and since then we have had over 10,000 students enjoy the fun of learning English with our team of excellent teachers.


We are a school with a new approach to learning English; an approach that focused on the need for Chinese students to get more practice in "phonics,listening,speaking,reading and writing" rather than learning more "rules".After 13 years we can say that our teaching methods are working very well. Students have fun while learning, are more interested in learning, and more confident in speaking. How do we know? Because they keep coming back.


We have 3 campuses.Our campuses are by no means large.We have 8-10 classrooms,reception,kids play area and multifunctional room in each campus. Our staff usually consists of 8-10 teachers, and a similar number of bi-lingual Chinese support staff. The atmosphere is friendly, relaxed, and supportive. We treat our staff with respect, and we do not enforce many restrictions or rules like other schools. All we expect is for our teachers to be professional, reliable, respectful and committed to doing the best job they can.

 

Our school is open seven days a week, although we only offer classes five days a week (Wednesday to Sunday). All our teachers, therefore, have Monday and Tuesday off every week. From Wednesday to Friday we offer afternoon and evening classes, and at the weekend we offer classes all day and evening, so your teaching hours will reflect this.


Our school offers small classes (4 to 10 students) and “VIP” (one on one) and “V2P” (two on one) classes. Our students age from age 3 upwards, although the majority of our students are ages between 4 and 14.

 

We are very proud of our teaching resources in our multifunctioanl room, all of which are available for you to help you plan and teach your classes. We have many books, flashcards, worksheets, games, toys, DVDs, TVs etc. All you need to bring is your energy and personality!

 

Our offices and classrooms have air conditioning and heating, so our school is a very comfortable environment in which to teach.

 

We try to keep the environment here as informal as possible, for the benefit of both the staff and the students. We do not expect you to have to be in school if you don’t have classes. We also try to keep the administration and paperwork to a minimum, so you can focus your time on teaching and planning interesting and informative lessons.


2. Teaching Schedule


Teachers are contracted to teach a maximum of 25 contact hours per week (32 during summer and winter school holidays).How contact (teaching) hours are calculated:

40 minute classes are counted as one contact hour.

You will be expected to work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday late afternoon/ evening, and all day Saturday and Sunday. All our teachers have Monday and Tuesday as days off.


3.Teaching Methods

All classes are taught in a high energy, fun, and educationally sound manner.

We use games, songs and fun teaching methods to keep students focused and learning. Children learn without even knowing they are learning.

We teach to all learning styles and use TPR (Total Physical Response) and whole-brain activities to ensure maximum learning opportunities for students.

While the class is designed for maximum fun for children, we realise that every activity must have a sound educational purpose. We take teaching seriously, but keep it fun for students.

You will have plenty of assistance to help you learn our teaching methods (if needed). Teachers are willing to help each other and share tips on what works (and sometimes, what doesn’t work). In addition, you will have a native English speaking trainer or supervisor who is responsible for ensuring you are trained and ready to teach to our standards.

4.Class size

Our school offers small classes (4 to 10 students) and “VIP” (one on one) and “V2P” (two on one) classes. Our students age from age 3 upwards, although the majority of our students are ages between 4 and 14.


5.Pay and Benefits


Our school offers a very good compensation package.Most importantly, you don't have to worry about being paid in full, or on time. For those of you with China ESL experience, you know what this means.

6.Medical Benefits

Our school offers medical insurance and accident insurance for all our teachers. Further information on this can be provided on request.

7.Legal visa

Our school is licensed to hire foreigners and we will get your Visa and working papers done the proper, legal way. Once you are in the mainland, we will pay to have all of your necessary documents processed. Our staff has many years of experience processing visas for our teachers, and unlike some schools we will process and submit all the documents for you to make your life as easy as possible.


8.Holidays


In addition to all national holidays, you will also receive 12 days paid holiday per year (1 day for each completed month of contract). We will also consider further unpaid holiday requests (subject to availability) during the winter and summer holidays when our school is historically quiet for those who wish to travel during that time.


9.Teachers Accommodation


Western style housing is not easy to find in Nanning. Typical Chinese apartments frequently do not have hot water, showers, and the amenities to which most of you are accustomed.We have however, been fortunate to secure quality housing that we believe does meet Western standards.


All of our apartments offer 24/7 unencumbered access. Many schools require you to live on campus or in a gated compound with a curfew of 10 or 11 p.m. You miss the curfew, you sleep in the street or figure a way in past the guard and locks!


Our apartments are all located within the community and you can come and go as you please as any other citizen living in your building.


This freedom does come with a tradeoff however. Because you will be living in the community, you will not be living in or next to your school. This means you will go to school by foot, bike, bus or taxi. You will usually be within 15 minutes from your school by taxi.


Nanning has an excellent public transportation system and taxi fares are quite reasonable. Bus fare is 1 or 2 RMB.


Your apartment will be fully furnished to include bedding, cookware, cooking utensils, washing machine, TV, fridge etc.


All you will be required to pay for are your utility bills, management fee and internet. All together, this should cost no more than 300 RMB per month per household, depending upon your consumption habits.


10.Living In Nanning 


Nanning is the capital of Guangxi Province in southern China. It is known as the "Green City" because of its abundance of lush tropical foliage. Nanning is one of the most southerly cities in China, located just 160km from the border with Vietnam.

 

Nanning has a population of just over 6 million, but despite this it is still considered by most people to be a “small city” compared to many other Chinese cities. The people are friendly, hospitable, welcoming, and will usually smile at you. The people of Nanning are friendly to and a bit curious about foreigners. Because there are few foreigners in Nanning, you will draw a bit of attention when you go about, but you’ll get used to it.

 

Nanning is a very safe and comfortable place to live in, and our teachers usually comment on it being one of the safest places they have ever visited. You are extremely unlikely to encounter any problems with local people as long as you behave with a modicum of respect for local people and their culture.

 

Nanning is a good place to choose to live if you are looking for an authentic Chinese experience. Nanning is yet to be over influenced by western culture like some other Chinese cities. Compared to many other Chinese cities, it is safe, clean, unpolluted, free of serious traffic congestion, has a good climate, cheap, and very friendly. It is also conveniently located for travel to Guilin, Vietnam, and the beaches at Beihai. However, if you are looking for somewhere with lots of foreigners and western style bars, restaurants and clubs then Nanning is probably not the place for you.

 

Nanning has a warm, monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid with average highs almost reaching 33 °C in July and August. Winters are mild and somewhat damp with 10 °C average lows in January. It is often windy or breezy and very rainy in the city, with about 1,310 millimetres (51.6 in) of rainfall annually. Nanning is also frost-free and snowfall is virtually unheard of in the city.


Nanning has many parks with tropical lush green landscape, it is one of the "greenest" cities in China, and it's known as "Green City". Nanning's downtown skyline is rapidly changing and the city is becoming an important hub in China. The city currently has seven buildings taller than 100 meters, built or under construction.


Nanning also has a domestic and international airport, and excellent bus and rail links to the rest of China and Vietnam.


For futher information on living and teaching in China we recommend this website: http://middlekingdomlife.com/guide/

  

General FAQs


Appliances:  China uses 210 V AC current. Most home wall outlets accommodate two kinds of plugs. First, a standard US two prong flat plug. Second, a three prong plug (one straight up and down and two at approx. 35 degree angles. Do check your appliances before you bring them. Most computers and many small appliances do have 210/110 dual capabilities.


Do not attempt to bring any 110 Volt only items here. Converters, if you could find them, would be expensive. In addition to the two plug types above, you can use standard flat two prong plugs too. You probably do not need to bring any appliances with you. Any small appliance you might need can be purchased quite reasonably here. DVD players run cost from only about 100 RMB (about 15 US dollars) and they are the most expensive appliance you would normally buy.


Your refrigerator, washing machine, etc. will all be provided by the school.


Bed and Bedding: Your bed and bedding, as well as all other common household supplies and cookware, will be provided by the school.


Class sizes: Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 16 students, with the average class size around 12 students.


Climate: Nanning has a warm, monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid with average highs almost reaching 33 °C in July and August. Winters are mild and somewhat damp with 10 °C average lows in January. It is often windy or breezy and very rainy in the city, with about 1,310 millimetres (51.6 in) of rainfall annually. Nanning is also frost-free and snowfall is virtually unheard of in the city.


Cost of Living: Nanning is an inexpensive city to live in. Here are some examples:

You can eat a meal ranging from 4 RMB at a clean, simple noodle shop up to 50 RMB per head at a quality restaurant. Western food and items are more expensive than local items but are still easily affordable.


You can shoot pool (billiards) for 10 - 20 RMB per hour depending on where you go. You can go bowling (two games plus shoe rental) for 20 RMB. A 1 liter bottle of beer ranges from 3 to 20 RMB depending on where you buy it and whether you choose Chinese or imported beer. A haircut costs from 5 RMB A McDonalds meal will cost about 20 RMB. High speed ADSL Internet access will cost approximately 100 RMB per month. A new release movie DVD (buying, not renting) is 5 RMB.


Currency Rate: The RMB is currently about 6.70 per U.S. dollar


Distance to School: We do not require you to live at the school or in any sort of gated compound. You can come and go as you please. As a rule of thumb, you will be within 15 minutes by taxi from your school. Public transportation is inexpensive and widespread.


Money: How much will I need my first month? You can expect to be able to live on 1,500 RMB your first month. This is living simply but comfortably. Note, by comparison, that most Chinese workers in Nanning are paid approximately 1,000 RMB per month and do not receive free housing. For your own protection and peace of mind, you should arrive in China with enough money to cover your first month’s costs as well as an emergency fund.


We understand that this is not always possible sometimes and we do have a provision to allow teachers, if necessary, to draw some pay in advance.


You will be paid on the 25th of every month for every full month you work. We always pay out teachers on time! For your first months you will be paid a pro rata amount depending how many days you worked that month.


Nightlife: Nanning is a city of approximately 6 million people. The western community, however, is small so there are few nightclubs that cater to western entertainment. There are however, Western style restaurants (with varying degrees of authenticity) and countless quite excellent Chinese restaurants. You can of course, find bars, go bowling, shoot pool and a variety of other things. However, if Western style club hopping is your passion, Nanning will probably not meet those needs.


Resources for Teaching: We have developed a considerable collection of A4 sized flash cards to teach vocabulary words. You will find the books and materials adequate to teach the assigned classes. We use games, songs and other activities to reach all learning styles. We will teach you these methods when you arrive if you don’t know them. In addition, you always can rely on other instructors here to share ideas on teaching methods. We also have dozens of games, toys, books etc to help you in your teaching.


Shopping: You can buy anything you need for everyday living within Nanning. Some imported items can be relatively expensive but local items are very cheap. Normally, there will be an open market near your apartment where you can buy eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables and the like. There are also large, Western style department stores where you can shop for food, clothing, electronics and household goods.


Spare time: You will have a lot of spare time to explore the city and experience life in China. We understand that teachers need a balance in their lives. After all, why come to China if you are going to teach forty class hours a week or work six days a week? This is why we provide teachers two consecutive days off a week as well as national holidays and an additional 12 days paid holiday a year. Furthermore, you will have a lot of free time during the week, as you will only be asked to work late afternoon/ evenings Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Students: We teach students from 3 years of age upwards. The majority of our students are between 4 and 15 years old. Most of the students are pleasant, and many are quite delightful to teach. There are of course, a few bad apples in any barrel. Unlike most English Training Centers, our teachers are empowered to remove disruptive students from class. If necessary, we will expel disruptive students.


Utilities: You are responsible to pay for your water, gas, electricity, internet and phone costs. All together, your utilities should cost no more than 300 RMB per month, depending upon your consumption habits.


Visas: You will need a Z Visa (Work Visa) to legally work in China. Our school is authorised to hire foreign teachers and we will take care of all the paperwork and expenses incurred on this end.

 

Water: Like all of China, bottled water is used for human consumption. While the tap water is safe for bathing, it is not recommended for drinking. The school will provide you with a hot and cold water dispenser. You will buy bottles of water as you need them (about 12 RMB per 5 gal. bottle). Bottles usually last 10 – 14 days. Notify the school when you need more water and we will arrange delivery to your apartment.


What NOT to bring: Do not bring illegal drugs, pornography, books critical of China, or religious pamphlets (a bible is OK but if you bring 500 pamphlets to distribute, that would be not good). If you bring food products, be prepared to have them possibly confiscated. The rules seem to be arbitrarily interpreted and enforced on this matter so just be prepared. Oddly, having foreign food products mailed to you seems to present no problems.

 


Contact Details


Eden English

Level 13A, Block c, Jinhu Dijing, No 6 Jinpu Road, Nanning, China,

Tel: (0086) 771 5300646

Email: edenenglish2003@hotmail.com

www.edenenglish.com