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Rory
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

While it's still very early in my teaching career with Shane English School, it has so far been a very positive experience.
My situation is rather unusual as I already had Chinese family in Dalian who took me in upon arrival, nonetheless the staff at the local school have been extremely helpful in getting me set up here, answering my questions and guiding me through the school's teaching approach as I adjust to life in Dalian. I cannot comment on the experience of other school's and cities but my impression of the organisation as a whole is very positive, I believe I can trust the school and that the style of teaching is effective as well as manageable. The school's day-to-day operation is relatively relaxed but professional, creating a comfortable learning environment for the students and happy, productive staff. I do recommend Shane English School for budding language teachers and travelers seeking reliable work with an international experience.

What would you improve about this program?
More communication between local staff and the English teachers with regards to some operational logistics, relatively minor.
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Jaques
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have been teaching at Shane in Dalian for a year now and the experience have been great so far. The chinese staff and the foreign teacher have been amazing to work with. The teachers and the teaching assistants have a good working chemistry and work well together. The working hours are good, giving the teachers enough time for themselves to explore or just relax. And the working environment is always active and non stressful. Classes are small and give the teachers the opportunity to be able to give every student the attention they need. Management is very good and always try to assist if there are any issues in or outside school. I would recommend teaching at Shane for anyone looking at starting their journey as a teacher or teachers looking for a new adventure.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment would be doing demos anland presentations with parents watching. From teaching at an international school where it wasn't necessary to do demos or presentations this was a new experience for me.
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Mark
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have worked for Shane English in Chongqing for 18 months now and it is a friendly and rewarding place to work at. I had previously taught in Shenzhen, so this made it easier for me to adjust to this school. It is still a relatively new school, and the manager has been very hands on attending to the needs of the students and parents. This has been important as it is more demanding developing a new school. She has always been available to explain what is expected with teaching matters and do her best to have lessons run smoothly. When I have needed help with anything outside of teaching the staff have been particularly helpful, going beyond what I usually expect.

If you're up for a challenging, but fun, working experience in a city that offers something a bit different, then you'll enjoy your time here.

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Mark
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I worked for Shane English in Nanjing for 4 years and overall had a wonderful experience. The school were always extremely attentive to the needs of the teacher, offering a clear and well organized curriculum. This was my first ESL teaching position after I completed my TEFL certification and initially I was nervous about how to go about teaching young learners. The school however, helped me to find my footing in the classroom, with plenty of initial training and observations of others. Furthermore, the school helped me every step of the way with finding a house and setting up the basic things to getting settled in Nanjing. I continue to recommend Shane Nanjing to anyone looking to teach in China, it is an extremely professional and well organized school.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Starting off was the most nerve racking, not knowing what to expect. However, with all the support offered there was very little to worry about.
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Henry
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

So far teaching in Beijing has been a great experience. The application went through very quickly and the recruitment team at Saxoncourt helped to make finding the right job a smooth process and guiding me through the visa process. As someone completely new to teaching, moving abroad to teach seemed daunting but the support offered was great -there was a lot of advice offered for the transition of moving to China and then when I arrived the training provided helped to feel more confident in how to teach effectively.

The school staff are all very friendly and were helpful while I was getting settled in, and the teaching hours allow a lot of free time during the week to get out and explore Beijing which is a great bonus.

I would definitely recommend this program to anyone considering it.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
My most nerve-racking moment was teaching my first ever lesson.
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Sebastian
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

New TEFL teacher, Shane Taiwan is good and secure. Guaranteed hours, reasonable pay and work load. DoS was helpful, training and support was good. Small class averages and little to no admin.

Recruitment process was easy, via Saxoncourt, lots of info before I went out there and the support on arrival was good. I was pleased to have secured a job before I flew to Taiwan.

Paid on time. Management at my school were friendly and helpful. Kids were great. Never had any issues with the material it is straight forward and easy to teach. They are growing really quickly. Everyone tries hard.

What would you improve about this program?
Manager was busy and sometimes a little disorganised. They are growing and can't keep up with demand. You might need to sub on occasion. But not often. Keep helping and supporting new teachers.
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Sebastian
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

New teacher newly TEFL qualified.
Guaranteed hours, reasonable pay and work load. DoS was helpful, training and support was good. Small class averages and little to no admin.

Recruitment process was easy, via Saxoncourt, lots of info before I went out there and the support on arrival was good. I was pleased to have secured a job before I flew to Taiwan.

Had to work on Saturdays at DTE, Franchises you don't have to. Sometimes I had to cover classes at short notice.

What would you improve about this program?
Keep helping and supporting new teachers.
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Matt
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Shane is professional and I was recruited from the UK via Saxoncourt. You will do well if you want to be a proper teacher and not here to mess around. They are really helpful with the visa and arrival stuff. And I have learned a lot and developed. The training was good and my DoS was helpful.

Can be a lot of work at times. Especially if you put in extra prep for to your classes Pay could be higher, but Taiwan pay rates have not changed in 5 years. Starting pay is around NT$600.

What would you improve about this program?
Higher pay rates, and modernize the some of the schools especially MJ.
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Ivan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Support and training was good. I left another company to come to Shane was referred to by a friend and they were a good employer. The kids are great and the DoS was helpful. Everyone at my school was really nice.
Apply on their website as they help you with arrival and visa stuff. The recruitment process was easy. I applied and was there within a month. It was a good experience and helped me develop.

What would you improve about this program?
Improve some of the material and keep supporting the teachers don't forget this. It's important
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Adam
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I worked at Shane for the last year, and I was really happy at my school. I was working at DTE and there was a lot of support from my DoS. I was a new teacher and the training week was really helpful.

I had to sub a little at the start before my schedule came into place but it was ok. I taught 20hrs a week which enabled me to do so much. I learnt Chinese in the mornings and then worked in the afternoons and evenings.

Most of the staff were helpful and the Head Office staff were good. My only issue was the initial hotel. I worked at DTE but a lot of my friends worked at the franchise schools and so they had their weekends off. All the teachers are qualified and I had a 120hr online TEFL when I started, I am now doing a CELTA.

The classes and material was fun to teach and open ended so I could be creative. SPEC is good and is the most fun to teach. But some of the phonics books needed some TLC.

I left because I wanted to teach in Europe and also go back to school. Taiwan is awesome.

What would you improve about this program?
More help to motivate teenagers and some of the material a little dated. These books needed updating in order to be more relevant. I am sure this would have helped with engagement.