IN THE CLASSROOM

Our goal in the classroom at York English is to make our students feel good about themselves and about learning. One aspect of teaching in China that can be hard to understand, is how such a large part of the Chinese education system and the classroom environment is based around points, scores and numbers. From a very young age, students are trained to strive for full marks in everything they do and often feel terrible when they don’t achieve it.

York English is fortunate in being independent of this approach. We believe that in some cases we might be the most positive education environment that students encounter. This comes through our teachers’ encouragement and enthusiasm. We place great emphasis on learner-centered teaching; teaching that makes the learners’ needs and experiences central to the educational process. And it’s these needs and experiences that drive our lessons.

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WHAT WE TEACH

SUPERTOTS

SUPERTOTS

4-6 year olds
For our youngest students, Supertots provides a fun and interactive course with lots of songs, imagery and colours! Designed to provide lots of multi-sensory learning opportunities for our kinder students, it’s an active and engaging curriculum.
STORY CENTRAL

STORY CENTRAL

7-11 year olds
This is our new and exciting curriculum fostering the love of language learning through storytelling. It introduces critical thinking, and continually weaves in the students learned grammar and vocabulary points throughout the course.
SMART CHOICE

SMART CHOICE

12-16 year olds
This is a highly communicative course, designed around topics that are relevant and interesting to teenage learners. Scenarios, visuals and wording have been adapted for older levels, and it also has a multimedia element with videos for the students to enjoy.
GO BEYOND

GO BEYOND

Advanced 12-16 year olds
Enhancing the topics in our Smart Choice books, this course is more modern and appeals to the more advanced age group. It is a highly communicative and challenging course, and also has a multimedia element with videos for the students.

WHEN WE TEACH

Below is an example of our teacher’s timetable. At York English, you earn a reliable, monthly salary with set hours, rather than the uncertainty of hourly pay and no set wages that a lot of schools offer. Additionally, you have set office hours which means you actually get paid to lesson plan. This also means you have the full support of your Academic Coordinator, Senior Teacher and your colleagues when planning your classes and thinking of new ideas. We aim to have teachers on no more than 6 classes each, which you will teach twice a week, with ages ranging from 4-16 years old and never more than 16 students per class. Each lesson has clear aims and objectives, and target language and grammar that need to be covered that day, but you plan how each section will be taught, be it through team activities, pair work, or an interactive class lesson. This creativity is encouraged and nurtured, after all, no one will know your students better than you.

*During these hours, you are not required or expected to be in before 4pm. However, a lot of teachers do find that if they are on the maximum number of classes (6) they will usually come in around 3pm one of these days get a head start with planning.

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WORKING WITH YOUR TA

Here at York English each class will have a designated Chinese Teaching Assistant (or TA). The TA’s role is to support your teaching by modeling activities, working with breakout groups and individual students, behaviour management and occasionally translating, although we do aim to foster a 100% English environment. They are also an essential link to your students’ parents. They keep them informed of their child’s progress and assist with communication between yourself and the parents. For the younger levels, you will have your TA for each class. For higher levels your TA will join you once every other class. It can be a great partnership that leads to strong friendships which really allow you to learn more about Chinese culture, the language and the people!

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WHAT WE EXPECT

THINK, IF YOU HAD TO GIVE A DEFINITION OF AN EXCELLENT TEACHER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

DEDICATION

Are you dedicated to create the best learning environment for our students in the classroom?

ADAPTABILITY

Are you able to adapt to a new environment, explore a new country and make new friends with people from all over the world?

MOTIVATION

Are you able to motivate a bunch of teenagers at the weekend, energetic 7 year olds, the cutest 4 year olds, yourself? We want motivated individuals who will put their all in to their classroom.

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