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Wanted: English teachers willing to work in China

Interested in teaching English in Shenzhen, China, a major city on the country’s southern edge, and just north of Hong Kong?

Well, the Richmond School District is looking to hire teachers willing to be seconded there this September.

Although the salary isn’t disclosed, the benefits include: Richmond salary and benefits, health coverage, return airfare, a free, furnished apartment and on-going professional support.

And those willing to take the international plunge get more than just a cultural experience; they get placed on the Richmond Teachers Teaching on Call list upon their return.

“We think it’s a win-win for teachers and our district,” said Richard Hudson, head of the international student program for the Richmond school district.

The Richmond school district has been doing this professional exchange for about six years.

In the first year, only one or two teachers participated, but that’s grown to 15.

The teachers get paid according to the Richmond contract, and Hudson said they gain valuable experience, honing their teaching practice while gathering insight into a culture that has a strong influence in Richmond. Upon their return, they are much more polished and experienced teachers.

Unlike other people who teach English abroad, the teachers supplied by the Richmond school district are certified instructors, who “can make a significant difference in English instruction” in China, Hudson said.

China, meanwhile, sends teachers to Richmond, to gain insight on how the local education system works.

A group came in last November for a short-term professional development session, and another just last weekend, Hudson said.

The local teachers sent to China also participate in professional development workshops with teachers from China.

The job posting states: “We are looking for BC certified teachers who are able to work in Shenzhen for a minimum of one school year. Teachers will be expected to teach, demonstrate and articulate the Canadian teaching methodology of student-centred instruction, critical thinking, co-operative learning and social responsibility.”

Anyone interested in the position is asked to e-mail Tony Carrigan at tcarrigan@sd38.bc.ca

The job was originally posted on Monday, with a closing date of Feb. 21, 2014. The job’s start date would be Sept. 1, 2014, with an end date on June 30, 2015.

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