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The home of our ITTT course in Eastern China is located 180 Kilometres south west of the bustling modern metropolis of Shanghai in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province. Hangzhou is one of the cleanest and wealthiest cities in the whole of China. It is based at the southern end of the Grand Canal on the lower reaches of the Quiantang River. This city experiences a subtropical monsoon climate with four unique seasons. The temperature is quite constant year round meaning that it is never too hot or too cold.
Described by Marco Polo as the most beautiful city in the world, Hangzhou is an historic city which is full of culture not least because it is one of the seven capitals of ancient China. Tourists are drawn to this city for a number of reasons including the famous Western Lake (Xi Hu) and attractive surroundings which are great for cycling and walking around. Also popular are the Fuchin and Xin’an rivers, Thousand Island Lake where you can sail boats or visit some of the many islands. Fei Lai Feng caves are also worth a visit, housing hundreds of Buddhist stone statues from the 10th to 14 centuries. Museums abound and there is also a nearby water park.
The city occupies an area of approximately 6,047 square miles and has a population of 5.2 million people. It is made up of six urban districts and seven suburban counties. As far as shopping goes Hangzhou boasts some of the most world class international retail outlets in China and is considered a weekend getaway for shoppers from the wealthier classes of Shanghai. Although better known for its silk and tea products, this city offers a myriad of shops and cheaper markets. The night market is the place for you if you like to spend the evening browsing stalls with varied items and affordable presents and enjoy bartering with the locals.
There is a varied nightlife scene in Hangzhou affording you a taste of local culture in any one of a number of local bars, clubs and restaurants. Younger inhabitants tend to dominate the nightlife, although people of all ages can be seen enjoying themselves. Why not start your night by taking advantage of the ‘Happy Hour' offered at Feng Jiu Bar. You may then want to go bar hopping or take a look at Nanshan Road where many local bars are located.
It is recommended that you also experience Shanghai during your stay in China. For USD$10 you can take the exciting high-speed express train from Hangzhou and be there in about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Please note that due to recent regulation changes only native speakers of english can work legally as teachers in China, though there are no nationality restrictions for attending the course in Shanghai.
Our Hangzhou TEFL certification course is located in a library building within the grounds of a university campus. This academic environment provides the perfect base for completing your training and also offers the opportunity to meet a variety of local students from all over China. The teaching practice element of the course is undertaken in an English immersion school that employs teachers from at least 15 countries worldwide. During these sessions you will practice your teaching skills with real English language learners who are self motivated and very keen to learn, surely the perfect preparation for post-course employment.
The training center is in a great location for exploring the fascinating local area on foot, by bicycle or via local transport. The large communal areas in and around the campus are also great places to meet the staff and students who are more than happy to chat about life living and working in China. If you are thinking about working in this extraordinary country then our Hangzhou center is a great choice.Apply Now!
The TEFL course accommodation is located three subway stops from the training centre near People’s Square. Accommodation is very reasonably priced with single, twin and dormitory options available. A shared fridge is provided as are laundry facilities.
More upscale options are also available but these need to be booked two weeks before the start of the course.
*A minimum of three people need to choose this option and there is limited availability
Please note that there is no obligation to use the accommodation provided by the TEFL training centre and we are more than happy to assist you should you choose to stay elsewhere. If you require an airport pick-up, please contact the centre. The pick-up service is free of charge for arrivals between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.Apply Now!
What are my payment options?Expand
All course deposits must be paid to our administrative centre. Payments made by credit or debit cards are the fastest and cheapest methods, but we do also accept payments via PayPal, Western Union and bank transfer. Please bear in mind that while there are no deadlines regarding deposit payments, the course can fill up rapidly and your place will not be reserved until the deposit has been made.
After paying the deposit you will receive an informational packet via email. This packet will contain detailed information about the course and the city of Shanghai itself. The balance of the course fees is payable by credit card on or before the course start date. We also accept bank transfers but these must be made at least two weeks in advance of the first day of your course.
The course fees include tuition, materials, certification, course moderation and accreditation fees and lifetime job support. A two day sightseeing tour of Shanghai and a daytrip to an old Chinese village is also included in the course price.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
Dormitory rooms are available for around US$ 10 per night and single rooms for around US$ 20 -25 per night. We recommend a number of hotels and hostels close to the center, but nothing is directly booked through us. You are free to choose your own accommodation and making your own arrangements is easy through services like Airbnb or a local property agent. We will be happy to assist you should you need any help.
What travel documents will I need for china?Expand
You are required to have your passport with you on the Monday before the course begins for registration with us and the host school. You can apply for a Chinese Tourist (L) visa to attend the course and these can be obtained from your nearest consulate or travel agent. The documentation required to obtain a visa is as follows:
A hotel reservation letter might be required (depending on your nationality) and we can organize this for you.
If you intend to work in China upon completion of the course, please note that you will need to authenticate your degree, TEFL and criminal background check for your work permit. The process can be done while overseas for most nationalities and takes 3-4 weeks to complete.
Please note that we recommend you apply for a visa after you have secured your place on the course.
What is the course schedule?Expand
The study week runs from Monday to Friday and classes are held from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Tuesdays classes are from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during the months of July and August, all classes will be from 9 a.m. to 6p.m. Observed teaching practice depends upon the students’ circumstances and trainees will be scheduled sessions on or off-site accordingly. Observed teaching practice sometimes takes place in the evenings and trainees should be aware that the Shanghai TEFL course is very intensive and participants looking to become qualified English teachers should be serious about becoming a teacher. The number of students in each class ranges from 10 to 25 and lessons will be 30 to 50 minutes in length depending on the students’ timetable. After your session is complete you will receive feedback on your performance from one of our course trainers.
Who usually attends the course?Expand
Courses usually consist of four to ten trainees although the number of participants tends to rise in the summer months. Most trainees are from America, Britain, Canada or Australia, but the course is also open to all non-native English speakers with a good command of the English language.
Is there a dress code?Expand
For all input sessions at the training centre, there is no dress code. However, for teaching practice sessions there are specific requirements that adhere to the local dress code. All trainees are expected to dress in a professional manner according to the guidelines below:
Women: Shoulders should be covered, blouses with sleeves are suggested. No low-cut necklines, very short skirts or bare midriffs. Open-toed shoes are acceptable, but not hiking or flip-flop sandals.
Men: Long pants, slacks or trousers are required, jeans are not acceptable. Short or long-sleeved shirts with a collar are necessary, although a tie is not required. Loafers or dress shoes are both fine, sandals are not acceptable. Long hair should always be tied back.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
All trainees should bring a notebook and pen with them on the first day of the course. You should also bring your laptop to help with lesson preparation, a watch or mobile phone to time yourself when teaching and some form of recording device such as an iPod or phone to record a 10-15 minute audio in one-on—one teaching sessions. A flash drive (USB stick) would be helpful for printing lesson materials. As part of the course requires you to prepare materials, stationary items such as coloured pens etc. would be useful. Supplies such as these are easily available locally. You are encouraged to bring your laptop as the training centre has Wi-Fi. All course-related materials are provided for you so there is no need to bring anything else.
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