ESL Teacher

Date posted: 8/22/2017
Closing date: 2/28/2018
Number of positions: 40
Location: China
Length: full-time

Description / duties:
Maple Leaf Educational Systems (MLES) is China’s largest private international K-12 school system and Canada’s first and largest offshore school system, offering a very pleasant Monday to Friday work schedule in a very collegial and professional setting. We are currently looking for energetic, enthusiastic ESL teachers to join the Maple Leaf Team for semester 1, starting in September, or for semester 2, starting mid-February. Teachers receive a competitive salary, annual return airfare, free accommodation, approximately 13 weeks of paid vacation, and more.
MLES opened its first school in Dalian, PR China in 1995. Our schools are now located in 21 cities throughout China. The continued expansion of Maple Leaf Educational Systems has increased our need for well qualified, TESL/TEFL certified ESL teachers.
Our school system includes private elementary and middle schools offering the Chinese national curriculum and high schools delivering the BC Global Education Program certified by the Ministry of Education, British Columbia, Canada. Underpinning student success in all of our schools is an extensive ESL program taught jointly by a team of internationally qualified ESL teachers and bilingual Chinese teachers. Due to the scope and size of Maple Leaf Educational Systems, working with Maple Leaf offers teachers the chance to work in a variety of locations and a variety of teaching environments from large school settings with more than 2500 students to start-up schools in new locations with fewer than 60 students.
• An undergraduate degree
• A minimum 100 hours of TESL or TEFL training from a recognized teacher training institution
• Two years of teaching experience is expected (some flexibility with this requirement may apply)
Salary for fully qualified teachers is on a 4 step scale from $22,800USD to $30,000USD per year. New teachers hired under special permission with less than two years’ experience begin at Step 1 of the MLES ESL Teacher salary scale. MLES offers initial placement of one step on this scale for each two years of full time prior teaching experience. Annual increments are based on successful completion of each teaching year within MLES. MLES salary is paid in 12 equal monthly installments deposited directly to the teacher’s bank account. Options are available for payment in USD, RMB or CAD based on the USD exchange rate.
The ESL Teacher will be at the School from Monday through Friday, five working days a week. The school day is normally nine hours, including student supervision and a lunch break. The average teaching load for ESL Teachers is approximately 25 hours per week. At the Elementary and Middle School levels there are approximately twenty-five (25) classroom instructional periods per week. At the High School level there are approximately fifteen (15), 70 minute ESL blocks each week and teachers may be called upon to provide service as a substitute teacher (Teacher on Call – TOC) in the high school for one block during the day, as needed. At the high school, the ESL Director will determine the ESL Teacher’s assignments when not serving as a TOC. In addition to instructional periods ESL teachers lead club activities, providing opportunities for informal English language learning and practice.
MLES provides free apartments on-campus or in MLES owned off-campus apartments where available. When MLES owned apartments are not available MLES provides an accommodation allowance of 21,000RMB-30,000RMB (taxable) per year, paid in monthly installments. MLES staff at each school assist with initial accommodation set up. A $150USD damage deposit is required for on campus housing and is deducted from the first month payment deposit.
Maple Leaf gives first-time to Maple Leaf teachers an additional 3,000 (RMB) (taxable) in the first pay period to help offset the cost of initial living expenses incurred in moving to China. Apartments are furnished but not equipped. This allowance is for initial purchases of basic living necessities.
MLES provides up to $1,500USD for round trip airfare in each year of the contract from the negotiated 'point of hire' to the Chinese city in which the assigned school is located.
Vacation Entitlement
MLES provides a paid winter break of approximately 4 weeks and an approximately 6 week long summer break, along with one week in October and one week in May during Chinese national holidays. For the October and May holiday, 3 days are national holidays and MLES schools add two days of classes or professional development on Saturdays around the holiday to create the full week long vacation period.
Visa and Immunizations
MLES covers most costs, up to specified limits, and assists with applying for visas and resident permits in China. Candidates from outside of Canada will need to make arrangements to visit a Chinese Consulate to obtain their final visa prior to departure. The MLES Vancouver office will assist with obtaining visas from the Chinese Consulates in Canada. MLES will reimburse for basic immunizations up to $250USD. Receipts are required.
MLES provides full international medical coverage.
Stock Incentive Bonus Plan
Maple Leaf teachers may be eligible to be awarded shares of Maple Leaf trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Dependents Benefits
MLES provides medical insurance coverage, visas, immunizations, and annual flights for a dependent spouse and dependent children living full time in China with the teacher. MLES provides a school tuition discount for children of teachers.
For more information and/or to submit a resume please contact us at
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• An undergraduate degree
• A minimum 100 hours of TESL or TEFL training from a recognized teacher training institution
• Two years of teaching experience is expected (some flexibility with this requirement may apply)

Contact information

Maple Leaf Educational Systems
(604) 428-8511

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