Weekly Workload at Shane Yangzhou
First Things First
The weekly workload at Shane Yangzhou is very relaxed, and leaves plenty of time for leisure, travel, or the like.
On average, our Foreign Teacher staff works between 20-24 hours per week (excluding holiday classes) with a max of 27.
Why settle for a 40+ hour per week desk job?
The weekend will be you busiest two days. Monday and Tuesdays are off, and Wednesday-Friday are generally light-work days, meaning 4 hours or less on average.
An Average Week
Here is what you can expect from an average week. Keep in mind that your schedule won't include everything listed here, but this will give you a good idea of about how much work to expect.
Monday & Tuesday
Monday and Tuesday are your days to rest. You can use this time to explore Yangzhou, go to social events, or even take an adventure to some of Yangzhou's neighboring cities, such as Shanghai and Nanjing! You can also use this time to catch up on writing your lesson plans.
Please Note: On some occasions, the schedule is subject to change, and if classes get cancelled during the weekend, they may be moved to Monday or Tuesday.
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday
Wednesday through Friday are lighter days, meaning you usually won't work for more than 4-hour days. You may have any of the subjects below appear on your schedule for these three days.
Note: Every Wednesday you will have a meeting with your Senior Teacher and small group in the afternoon, and every Friday you will have a meeting with all the other foreign staff to discuss ideas and effective classroom management strategies.
You may be given office time on any of these days. You can use this time to write out your lesson plans, talk with your TA's about your class, or catch up on any teaching-related duties. Office time typically lasts for 90 minutes.
You may be asked to go teach a short promotional class at an outside location, such as a nearby Kindergarten or Library. These usually don't last any more than an hour, and can be great fun. You will be accompanied by a Chinese staff member to these events, and provided with all the necessary materials.
WeChat time is similar to office time, but you use the time to listen to audio recordings sent to you by your younger students, and correct their cute pronunciation mistakes. WeChat time usually lasts 90 minutes, and typically appears on your schedule on either Wednesday or Thursday.
An English Club may appear on your schedule. English Clubs are hour-long classes in which you teach extra curriculum to a group of students. A TA will provide you with all the relevant material.
Many people teach a VIP or Reading class on Fridays. These classes are designed to give students extra practice, and do not require as rigid preparation as a normal class. They are typically 90 minutes, and take place in the evening.
Saturday and Sunday
The weekends are busy at Shane Yangzhou. You'll likely teach 4 classes a day; the CK level classes being 110 minutes, and the other levels being 90 minutes. You'll start teaching at around 8:10am on most weekends.You will get a break for lunch in the middle of the day before your 2 afternoon classes.
Here is an example of what a weekend might look like:
3:40pm - 5:40pm
Here is an example of a weekly schedule as it would appear for a teacher online:
Note: Covering classes is part of being on the team so don't sweat it if you're asked to cover a class.