26 Jun 2019

Part-Time JR School Xining Hiring ESL Teachers


Job Description

Jerry International Language Exchange Center Overview

Jerry International Language and Culture Exchange Center (JR School) has been in operation since 2002 and has 6 campuses in Xining, Qinghai.

Xining, Qinghai, China. JR School is an extracurricular language-learning center with an enrollment of over 3000 local Chinese students to date. In addition, JR School has a growing international preschool.

The primary motivation for students at JR School is to have excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as passing the GaoKao (the National Higher Education Entrance Examination – referred to as the NCEE). Students who pass the GaoKao with high marks are able to attend any college of their choosing. We use the Cambridge English: Kid’s Box and the New Concepts English curriculum across all campuses.

Our teachers use a mix of Eastern and Western teaching methods in order to encourage a creative love of learning. In addition to teaching English to our students, we also teach morals and social responsibility in order to help build character. We believe that this will not only better a child’s future, but also impact family and community.


Position Overview

JR School currently employs 15 international teachers from the US, Canada, the UK and New Zealand. All of our teachers are TESOL/TEFL/ESL certified. They work under 1-year contracts with an option to extend their contracts on a yearly basis.

Since JR School is an extra-curricular school, during the fall and spring terms we only teach on Saturdays and Sundays (with Monday through Friday off). During the summer and winter Intensive terms, we teach Monday through Friday (with Saturday and Sunday off). Teachers are assigned 6 classes at 40 minutes each during all terms. Some of the campuses have the option to teach extra 40-minute classes (extra monetary compensation is provided per class per day). International teachers and local teachers are paired to teach each class together. Students have 120 minutes (2 hours) of English class. Eighty minutes of the class covers reading, writing, and grammar and is facilitated by a local teacher. Local and international teachers are encouraged to work closely together to ensure that students get the most from their English education.


Typical Duties

  • Lesson planning (curriculum is provided)
  • Coordinating lesson plans with your Chinese co-teacher
  • Assessing your students to ensure language goals are met
  • Encouraging character building and social responsibilities in students
  • Developing extra learning materials and activities that support textbook learning
  • Instructing classes of between 10-45 students (classroom size varies by campus)
  • Effectively managing classrooms by disciplining students and ensuring classes are runefficiently
  • Demonstrating flexibility in JR School scheduling, as well as students’ changing requirementsand government standards as conditions may require over time


Employment Conditions

Conditions of employment, including salary level, benefits, and work expectations are explained in detail in the employment contract. General terms include:

  • Fall and Spring term workloads consist of 6/40 minute classes 2 days a week (Saturday and Sunday). Winter and Summer Intensive Term workloads consist of 6/40 minute classes 5 days a week (Monday-Friday). There is a 30-minute mid-morning break and a 1.5-hour lunch break.
  • Participation is expected in professional development classes (1 day a week) and cultural exchange classes (1 day a term).
  • Vacations follow the Chinese calendar as well as some Western holidays (Christmas and Easter). The government specifies three days as a holiday and JR School creates a weekend-long/weeklong holiday by working compensatory days. Compensatory days worked are dependent upon the term since many holidays vary from year-to-year.


Minimum Qualifications

If you do not possess all of these requirements, please contact us. We may be able to work around your current qualifications.

  • Native English speaker
  • University degree at the Bachelors level
  • Two years of teaching or international education
  • Any of the following certificates: TESOL, TEFL, ESL, EFL Certificate


Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for a teaching position with JR School will exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Enjoys working with students ranging in age from 6-15 years old
  • Enthusiastic and energetic in the classroom
  • Committed to helping JR School grow its students and reputation in the community
  • Cares for students and their success in English language learning
  • Demonstrates cultural understanding and respect
  • Flexible and adaptable to the many difficulties that arise from living and working in China
  • Possesses high personal standards for growth and continual learning
  • Treats coworkers and administrators with respect and professionalism
  • Respects of the values, cultural differences, and expectations of local Chinese teachers andadministrators

Teacher Testimonial:

Teacher Testimonial JR's Xining, Qinghai

Teacher Testimonial Stephen Whyte

“For the past nine years I have had the privilege of teaching middle school students at the Jerry School in Xining, Qinghai, Northwest China.  My years here have been filled with joy and fulfillment as I have come to love the city, the students and the colleagues with whom I have the joy to work.  The kindness and generosity of the administrative staff, the enthusiasm of the students to learn English, and the rewards of positive feedback from staff and students have been most encouraging.

I came Xining after retirement from my teaching responsibilities in Canada and have found the climate, the people, the quality of lifestyle and the experience of working in another culture extremely satisfying and rewarding.  My wife and I have no regrets of making the decision to come to this lovely city and work with the young people at the school.  I would recommend this role to anyone, young or older, who has a desire to influence and impact young lives, some of whom will be future leaders in this country.  The Jerry School has been a wonderful place to work.” -Stephen Whyte



Sample Contract: Download English



How to Apply:

Send your resume to JR@academicsinasia.com




Why Northwest ChinaScreen Shot 2019-06-26 at 5.22.54 PM

Though the larger cities in eastern China have a surplus of
foreign teachers to accommodate the millions of young English learners, the smaller cities — especially those found in NW China — are lacking experienced foreign teachers. Very few foreigners are willing to work in NW China, because they believe it’s too isolated from the rest of the world, too cold and dreary, or too underdeveloped.




Map of Silk Road: routes connecting Asia to Europe

Map of Silk Road: routes connecting Asia to Europe

The Ancient Silk Road

This area of China is home to diverse concentrations of minority ethnic groups where Islam, Buddhism, and Taoism have deep roots. These are composed of many ethnic minorities such as the Hui (Chinese), Salar (Chinese), Dongxiang, (Chinese), Tu (Mongolian), as well as the Kham and Amdo.

Check out our Academics In Asia pictures and video from our trip to Xining and Qinghai:

Is this work right for you?

We are looking for young and old, male and female, experienced and inexperienced, singles and families. If you are a native English speaker, all you need is a bachelor’s degree, and we can find you a job. Certification for Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) is required, but this can be completed online in a few weeks.

And anyone can teach! Even if you have never done any formal teaching before, your teammates and fellow teachers can help you prepare for your classes. When you bring in your own ideas and creativity to the job, you will enjoy the lessons as much as your students.

If you can have conversations and make friends, then you can have an impact in mentoring students and making an impact.

To acquire a teaching position, you must be a native English speaker
and have earned at least a bachelor’s degree. With these things in mind, we are looking for people who are:

1) courageous and excited to live and work in an unfamiliar cultural setting,
2) eager to trust and serve the Father in this position,
3) willing to work together with a small team working towards a common goal,
4) teachable,
5) adaptable,
6) dependable, and
7) resourceful.

Proper Warning: These cities 1) have long, cold winters, 2) are relatively isolated, and 3) Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, folk superstitions, and atheistic ideals exert a strong influence on peoples’ lives.

Want a Summer ESL Job?
Teach five 40-minute classes, Monday – Saturday (8:30-10:30am, 11am-12:20pm).
The term runs July 8th through August 3rd and you’d earn 4500 RMB per week.
Email JR-Summer@academicsinasia.com with your resume to be considered.

Teach in China

Job Categories: BA Degree Required. Job Types: Part-Time. Salary: 5000 RMB Per Month.

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