China University Teaching -- With a Four-year Degree
by Clair Lasater
(Shandong Jiaotong University, P. R. China)
I did not plan this. Ostensibly, I muddled into it. But surely, I feel, the Lord worked it. I'm now in year eight of teaching college and university in the Peoples Republic of China.
I've taught at Hainan University, Ling Ling University (now the Hunan University of Science and Engineering), Shunde Polytechnic, Peizheng College, and others (although a four year degree does it, I do have a Ph.D).
Allow me to summarize just how to begin this C. V. enhancing career of teaching spoken English overseas at universities in China.
1. Get a passport. (Easy to do.)
2. Find colleges or universities that appeal to you, and apply to the foreign affairs offices, or international offices, at those schools. Their e-mail addresses can be found on each school's site. If you want to save time try www.chinatefl.com (this site contains a list of about one hundred colleges and universities, along with direct contact e-mail addresses).
3. After you receive a letter of invitation from a school you like, take it to the closest Chinese consulate or embassy. They will affix a visa into your passport. This visa allows you to enter China (There will be a small fee to pay at the consulate or embassy).
4. Catch a non-stop jet into Shanghai or Beijing. Take bus, train, or air, to your school (Many schools will pick you up at the airport and drive you to campus).
Here's what you can expect to experience at a Chinese public university: You'll get a salary -- usually 4,500 to 5,000 yuan each month. You’ll have a private, unshared apartment. Teaching hours per week will be 16-18 per week. There will be no office hours. You will teach in English, therefore the schools won't expect you to know Chinese.
Clair Lasater has taught English at the Beijing Youth Political College; and as professor, at Zhangjiajie College of Jishou University, Ling Ling University -- (now the Hunan University of Science and Engineering), Shunde Polytechnic College, Maoming University, and Hainan University. He lectures, currently, at Shandong Jiaotong University.