We are the largest program of all the Clifford School departments, with more than 2,000 students over 6 grade levels. We have 43 Western teachers in our program. Our teachers are primarily English teachers. They do not teach subjects like Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, etc... although, through theme work, some of these subjects are covered in a linguistic sense.
We offer a good contract, excellent working and living conditions. We are a responsible and reliable employer, and have been for almost 20 years. Teachers like working here, and the department has excellent retention rates, equal to any International school, remembering we are a Chinese school. Cost of living is low here, so most teachers are in a position to save a large majority of their salaries. This is a major consideration why teachers stay a good number of years with us.
For the classroom positions we employ qualified teachers, whose first language is English, who have teaching degrees and at least two years teaching experience. We also have an English Language Support (ELS) program where experienced ESL teachers may apply, as long as they have completed a recognized TESL course of at least 135 hours. In our program, we have Western teachers from many countries, including, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Teachers generally stay with us, on average, for 4 years, with some teachers being with us for over 10 years. Please note: teachers must be native English speakers from us, Canada, Australia, UK, Ireland, South Africa or New Zealand.
The Elementary Bilingual Program is primarily a language program working with students whose first language is not English. The majority of our class time is spent focusing on English Language Arts (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Our program also follows themes taught from the Chinese National Curriculum. The students learn the content in Chinese first and then learn it in our English classes as a language lesson. So, we are teaching mathematics, science, and social studies linguistically, not conceptually.
Typical Work Week
We have two classes that we teach for three periods each day (a morning class and an afternoon class) – totaling six 40-minute periods that we teach per day. The morning and afternoon classes are generally taught the same lessons. So, we prepare three lessons per day and teach them twice. We have some specialist classes, so teachers usually teach 26 or 27 periods a week. This allows for 3-4 prep periods each week.
Since the students are second language learners, with only two hours of English exposure per day, our students’
language abilities are naturally below what is found in an international school or in our home countries (generally by one grade level). Our work day begins at 8:30. We have a two hour
lunch from 11:45 to 13:50. Our work day ends at 16:50 each day. Teachers are not generally required to put in extra time outside of school hours but there are some extra-curricular
activities available if a teacher has a particular interest.
We work a 196-day contract for the school year. Our school year generally begins the third week of August and goes until the last week of June or first week of July (depending on the Chinese government holiday schedule). We have a week long holiday in October, two weeks off for Christmas, and three to four weeks off for Chinese New Year (Jan-Feb). This is in addition to the summer holiday.
Salary and Benefits
The school provides teachers with a furnished apartment and daily transportation on a private bus to and from the school, which is only 10 minutes away. Some teachers prefer their own mode of transportation and drive a scooter or bicycle to school.
The school offers the following benefits:
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*Special Advisory (issued January 2016): Please be wary of any unsolicited email that is offering you a job from Clifford School, no matter how professional it looks. They will sometimes ask you to send them thousands of dollars for various reasons as a prior condition to completing their bogus contract. Please be careful with any contract offered that asks for money upfront! We will never ask you to send us money!!!
Chinese Work Permit Requirements
(for those applicants who DO NOT have an existing Chinese Work Permit):
If your application is successful, and you are offered a position, you would need to be able to provide the following to apply for a Work Permit for teaching in China. You will receive more details later about the process after an employment offer has been made.