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180 kilometres from Shanghai is Hangzhou, the location for our ITTT course in Eastern China. This city is one of the more prosperous and modern cities in China and is also the capital of Zhejiang province. Hangzhou is located at the southern point of the Grand Canal and the lower end of the Qiantang River, south west of Shanghai. The area has four very different seasons and is considered to have a sub-tropical monsoon climate, however, throughout the year the temperature is comfortable, the summer is not too hot and the winter is not too cold.
Hangzhou is one of the seven capitals of Ancient China and is an ancient cultural city. It is also a famous tourist city due to its many attractions including the fabulous scenery of the well known West Lake. Hangzhou has a population of 5.2 million and covers an area of 6,000 square miles, made up of seven suburban counties and six urban districts. National scenic areas include the Thousand Island Lake and the Xin’an and Fuchun rivers. Marco Polo, way back in the 13th century described the city as one of the most beautiful in the world.
Known for its amazing natural scenery, Xi Hu (The West Lake) lives up to the praise it is given. It has a number of cultivated parks and the lake is divided by two walkways, ideal for cycling or walking along. You can also hire boats to sail around the lake or to visit the islands.
During your tefl/tesol course you could also visit the legendary caves of Fei Lai Feng which have many Buddhist stone statues dating back to the 10th and 14th century. Hangzhou Paradise Park, a water park situated about 30 minutes away from Hangzhou centre is another popular attraction in the area.
Hangzhou is one of China’s most desirable weekend shopping destinations for Shanghai’s wealthy residents. The city is well known for its tea and silk products, but it also offers world class retail outlets with department stores selling products by Versace, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and many more. The city also has a popular evening market where you can find holiday presents and trinkets. Be ready to barter and grab yourself a bargain for 20-50% less than the initial asking price. Have fun bartering, you could surprise yourself with the bargains you can get.
If you enjoy a night out, Hangzhou offers a lively nightlife. By visiting the bars and clubs and mixing with the local people you get to really experience the local culture. People of all ages are out all through the night; however, the nightlife is usually dominated by the younger Hangzhou inhabitants. Try starting your night at Hong Feng Jui Ba, Hangzhou’s equivalent to a happy hour. If you want to move around different bars try Nanshan Road where you will find a selection of good local bars to choose from.
If you wish to visit Shanghai either during or after your course, there are many transport options to get you there from Hangzhou. Why not try the high Speed express train from Hangzhou to Shanghai which takes just 80 minutes and costs around US$ 10.
Located amongst green hills and canals, bridges and walkways, our TEFL centre in Hangzhou is ideally situated away from the big-city noise that you often find elsewhere. The surrounding area offers plenty to explore and provides a sharp contrast to the nearby districts of Xiao Shan and Shanghai.
Our TEFL training program takes place in an elite, English immersion school that employs teachers from at least 15 different countries. This wide diversity of backgrounds helps to create a learning environment that is perfect for our students and trainees. You will also find that the school is a great place to start your post-course teaching career as it offers plenty of job opportunities year round.
The TEFL school is situated on the grounds of a TV university. Our classrooms and office are located on the fifth floor of the university’s library building that gives us a pleasant view of the surrounding campus. We also have a large, comfortable area where you can read, study or simply chat to our teachers and students about living, studying and working in China.
Our Hangzhou centre offers the following:
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
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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