As the capital of northern Shandong Province, Jinan is a large, interesting city little known to those outside of China. Despite being the capital of the region, it is often overshadowed by the coastal city of Qingdao, located in the east of the province. But that’s not to say it isn’t worth paying attention to. As a lesser known city, Jinan is home to a smaller expat population and a lack of western influence, giving you the perfect chance to immerse yourself in the local culture and way of life. Known for being home to no less than 70 natural springs and a serene lake, the city itself has plenty to see and do. But, if you’re looking to explore beyond Jinan at the weekend, you can head to one of the nation’s most famous mountains, or its sprawling capital city.
Teaching English in Jinan
Available on our TEFL Training Programme, our state school placements in Jinan are both reliable and varied. Working for a well-established state funded school with primary, middle and high school branches, you will have the chance to work with a range of different age groups in one of many locations around the city.
Whichever branch you are based in, your classes will be formed of 30-40 students and last for around 35-45 minutes. Depending on the age of your students, you can expect to teach between 15-25 classes per week (Mon-Fri), with office hours and lesson planning time scheduled around this. Textbooks, a blackboard, computer and a projector to display your PowerPoint will be supplied, however you will need to bring any additional teaching materials you wish to use yourself.
Last minute changes are common in state schools, so you will need to be ready to adapt if your teaching schedule changes. While knowledge of Mandarin isn’t necessary it is certainly helpful, so we advise learning some basics in preparation.
Accommodation in Jinan
Our partner school in Jinan employs a number of foreign teachers, who are housed in one of two locations. Whichever branch you are teaching in, your accommodation will be located a short distance from this. This accommodation is provided to teachers in Jinan free of charge, and it includes a private room within a fully furnished apartment. You will usually be expected to share an apartment with one other teacher of the same sex.
Apartments are equipped with all the essentials, including a shower, kitchen, western toilet, fridge and freezer, and a washing machine. You will most likely be offered breakfast, lunch and dinner during the weeks, but expected to buy or cook your own food on weekends.
Depending on your contract details, you may be required to work in more than one location in the city. This will be indicted to you prior to your arrival, and both teaching sites will be within reasonable distance from your accommodation.