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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 the course fees?Expand
Deposit: US$ 600 Balance: US$ 890
(For the most up-to-date currency exchange rates, please visit: www.xe.com.)
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative center. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Western Union, Pay Pal and bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an email with an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Hangzhou itself.
The balance of course fees is payable via credit card before, or on the first day of the course. Bank transfers are also accepted but must be completed at least two weeks before the first day of the course. Participants with checking accounts in the US may pay by personal check, but payments must be cleared within two weeks of the course’s start date.
The price includes tuition, materials and certification, as well as course moderation and accreditation fees and lifetime job assistance.
You may partake of meals at our host school in Hangzhou free of charge in exchange for attending their English Corner once a week. If you are unable to fulfill this requirement, meals are charged at 7 Yuan per meal.
Three meals a day are served from Monday to Friday and lunch and dinner is served on Saturday and Sunday. The food includes a variety of good quality Chinese food and some western food. Cooking your own food on campus may not be feasible but you are welcome to find food in the neighborhoods surrounding the center and your accommodation.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
Residential Apartments (private: US$ 200, shared US$ 130): Each apartment is fully furnished and consists of two or three bedrooms, a living room, TV, internet access, closets, a standard kitchenette and shared bathroom with western toilet.
For our July and August courses, only a limited number of single rooms are available, if you would like to have a single room please book early as rooms are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. During other seasons (from September to June), single rooms are always available.
Please note that couples who are taking the same course together are given the option for shared accommodation at all times.
Accommodation is available from the Sunday afternoon before the course begins, until the last Friday of the course.
What travel documents will I need for china?Expand
Please note that you must have your passport with you for registration with us and our host school on the Sunday of your arrival.
If you do not already have a Chinese visa you can apply for a Tourist (L) visa in order to attend the course. You can obtain a Tourist (L) visa from your local consulate or a travel agent. In order to obtain a visa you will need the following documents prepared:
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
Class time is generally 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. from Monday to Friday, with mid morning and afternoon breaks and a lunch break. Trainees will be scheduled for observed teaching practice on or off-site depending on students’ circumstances. Chinese students are usually very well behaved in the classroom and are interested and excited about learning English with a foreigner. Class sizes range from 10 to 25. Trainees will teach lessons of 30 to 50 minutes according to the student’s timetable. You will be observed by a trainer and given feedback on your performance.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
We offer English classes for Chinese students who are interested in improving their English language abilities. Lessons are based upon real teaching resources found all over the world and you will have the chance to create your own materials as well. You will receive the aid of your course trainer throughout lesson planning and receive immediate feedback on your lesson after it’s been delivered. Practicum is assessed and a satisfactory assessment is required to earn your TEFL/TESOL certificate.
Who usually attends the course?Expand
We average groups of six to ten trainees; however, the number usually goes up during the summer months. Most of the participants are American, British, Canadian or Australian, although we do accept non-native speakers of English who have a high proficiency in the language.
Is there a dress code?Expand
For all input and tutorial sessions at the training location, there is only one specific dress requirement: Both men and women should have a shirt covering their shoulders. The course operates from within a school so we ask you to be mindful of this, as well as being mindful of your peers and to respect the fact that you are a visitor in another country.
During teaching practice there are specific requirements that adhere to the local dress code. All trainees are expected to dress professionally according to the following guidelines:
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
Please be sure to arrive on the first day of the course with a notebook and a pen. You should also bring your laptop for lesson preparation, a watch or cell phone to time yourself when teaching and a MP3/4/IPod or any other device to record a 10-15 minute audio for one student when teaching one-on-one sessions. You will also need a flash drive (USB disk) to have materials printed for your lessons.
As part of the course requirements you will need to prepare materials. Stationary items like colored felt-tipped pens etc would be useful. These are easily available locally.
We encourage you to bring a laptop as we have Wi-Fi at the training center. We will provide all course materials for you so there is no need to bring anything else for the course itself.
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