We receive countless emails about how to get started Teaching English in China and how to actually find teaching jobs in China. Typically, the emails are filled with confusion, doubt, concern, and almost always include the same question:

How do I know if the school I choose is legitimate?

We’ve all heard the horror stories of not being paid on time (if at all), of working way more hours than were agreed upon and not having any support from the school.

We lived in Yangzhou, China and worked for Shane English School for one year and had a very positive experience with them. In fact, they are currently looking for teachers at their schools in Yangzhou and Shaoxing. 

There are many different companies and schools in China where potential teachers could get a job. However, we trust and recommend Shane English School, here are 10 reasons why:

1. The Welfare Officer / Assistant

At the Shane School in Yangzhou, the foreign teachers are provided with some extra assistance. Standy is the Welfare Officer (Personal Assistant) at Shane English School. He’s available for anything and everything.

It’s great to have a translator that you can call in a bind, someone to help with moving in and out of your apartment and someone to teach you about Chinese culture. He helped us with everything we needed from booking flights for vacations to developing pictures for our walls. He was always there to assist us and was (is) a great friend as well.

Meet Standy
Standy Is The Man!

2. The School is Honest & Reliable

Shane School is legitimate and honest. Pay cheques come on time each month and they follow the contract to the line. Bonuses are paid. You won’t be expected to work more hours than you are contracted out for and you’ll be given lots of support from the school. You can expect everything to be exactly how you are told before coming here.

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3. The Course Guide & Curriculum

Shane English School is an international school (in conjunction with Saaxon Corp.) with branches all over the world. The curriculum and course structure is also world-class, with clear, easy to follow lesson planning resources and guides.

Teacher’s books are available for helping with lesson planning and there are meetings each week to discuss and improve the structure of each class. The students have homework books, flashcards and weekly in-class and telephone teaching with the Chinese Teacher.

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Good teaching resources and lesson planning are available at Shane English School

Teachers are able to use their creativity to improve the quality of the class as well by inventing their own learning games, scoring methods and discipline techniques. All of the resources you would need to make the classroom a better place for the students are available.

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4. Amazing Training Programs

Upon arrival to Shane English School you are given a basic rundown of class structures and lesson planning by the senior teacher, or the Academic Manager. You will be able to observe multiple classes being taught by different teachers in order to see a variety of teaching styles.

Shane English School has a particular lesson structure you must follow, but the methods teachers use to implement these lessons are all different. It’s great to watch various teaching techniques.

After some time studying and observing classes, teachers are then sent (all expenses paid) to Shanghai to undergo an extensive 3 day training program where they are fully prepared for classroom management, lesson planning and level checking.

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Not a bad place to go for training, hey?!

5. Yangzhou Is A Great City

Many people who come to China hope to land jobs in big cities like Hong Kong, Beijing or Shanghai and we never quite know why.

Surely if you’re venturing to a country as foreign as China, you’re hoping to experience something new and exciting. So why would you want to go to a city with western architecture, western food, western mentality and English language everywhere?

Not only that, but the cost of living in those big cities is much higher than Yangzhou.

In Yangzhou, you will really feel like you’re immersing yourself in Chinese culture and you will learn more of the Chinese language – barely anyone speaks English. Either way, living abroad is awesome!

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The Old Town in Yangzhou

6. The Chinese Teachers

In each classroom, there will be a Chinese teacher there to assist you with whatever you need. Outside of the classroom, these women are in charge of dealing with the student’s parents, as well as weekly telephone teaching and an in-class lesson each week.

They are amazing at their jobs and really made our jobs much easier. They will prepare all of the regalia for your lessons and help with ideas for new games and teaching methods. We really don’t know what we would have done without these Chinese Teachers!

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The Chinese Teachers help out a lot in class

7. The Moving Support

Upon your arrival to China you’ll know absolutely nothing about how to pay your utility bills or where to find an apartment. Shane English School offers an excellent housing program that not only covers your monthly rent, but helps you find the perfect place when you get there.

A member of the Chinese staff will drive you around to different apartments and help you find one that’s right for you. When you find one, they translate the entire contract into English for you and ensure that you’re renting from a reputable, honest landlord.

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You’ll get lots of help when moving in and out of your apartment

8. The Bonuses

As with most contracts in China, Shane English offers flight allowance, health insurance and a completion of contract bonus. On top of this, Shane offers retention bonuses. The more students you retain, the more you get paid at the end of the term.

At the time of writing, if all of your students sign up again for a 16 week course, you get ¥266 ($40). It may not sound like much, but you have between 10-12 classes at any given time so you can expect this number to add up quickly. Also, the cost of living in Yangzhou, China is quite low, $40 goes a long way!

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Shane English School offers great bonuses!

9. The Schedule

Shane English School does a great job of making the schedules. The office manager will do her best to make your teaching schedule as convenient as possible. Not only will she try to make it so there aren’t any long gaps in between teaching times, but the schedule will never be filled completely.

At Shane, you’re contracted to work 20 hours a week, but we rarely worked more than 18. Other schools often fill this time with “office hours” or “lesson plan time” but Shane School in Yangzhou does their best to keep these hours to a minimum.

10. Yangzhou People

The people in Yangzhou are incredibly kind. They are always so happy to see a foreigner and they are honest and genuine. You’ll never be ripped off by taxis or shop owners and you’ll be treated like honoured guests. The same goes for the workers and colleagues at Shane English School, everyone here is sweet and friendly.

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The people in Yangzhou are friendly, genuine and interested in westerners

So there you have it, 10 reasons to work for Shane English School in Yangzhou. We ended our contract in July, 2013 and can honestly say that we couldn’t have been happier with the experience we had with this amazing English school. We miss Yangzhou, our friends and our students dearly and who knows, maybe one day we’ll return to teach English at Shane School, Yangzhou.

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47 thoughts on “10 Reasons to Teach for Shane English School in Yangzhou, China

  1. We miss you guys, you are welcome to come back anytime you want! Safe travels guys!

  2. 100% agree with the 1st reason…Thanks for making me famous again. Miss you, buddy. LOL

  3. Thanks Jhonny 🙂
    Hope all is well in Yangzhou! We miss you guys too.


  4. You’re the man Standy! You deserve to be famous.

    We miss you too, hope all is well in Yangzhou 🙂

  5. I have a job offer with Shane schools in Yangzhou and am now even more seriously considering it after your thorough review! Thanks again!

  6. Great! I hope it works out for you. Let us know if you have any questions 🙂


  7. Hiya! I am a young 46 yr old woman with no kids, and currently no major commitments. I love to travel. I plan to complete an online TEFL course in mid-March, but I have not completed my BA. I plan to complete my BA online while teaching. I am aiming for northern China in a province outside of Bejing. Once I have my TEFL certificate, without a degree and being 46, would you say my chances of getting hired are slim? I’ve had such an amazing life, including working in the film/television industry and working as a showroom designer in Hong Kong for five weeks, as well as showrooms here in the US, that I believe I have a lot to offer any classroom. I also love working with children and have done a lot of nanny and childcare. Also, I’ve read articles that claim online TEFL courses should not cost less than US 500. Is this true? I’ve been looking into ITA based in Chicago, for $1395, but have found there are deals out there. Any ideas, wisdom, suggestions? Thank you!

  8. Hi Colleen!

    Wow, it sounds like you’ve had a very interesting life so far 🙂 That’s incredible and it seems like you are qualified to be an English teacher in China. It’s great that you’ve been a nanny as well.

    Once you have your TEFL, you should be able to get a job in China. Technically you should have a degree as well and I know in some of the major cities, they are cracking down on this, but if you’re not in Beijing or Shanghai, you should be ok.

    I think $1,300 is quite a bit, we partner with TEFL 24/7, who have great rates. You can also find a job through them Check it out here:

    I hope this helps.
    Good luck 🙂

  9. Amazing!!! I am teacher, Portuguese not native but I have lived in Australia and I am living in Ireland now with the main purpose of improve my English to be able to teach English abroad, China and Thailand are valuable options. Thanks for your brilliant posts.

  10. Hello, ‘Goats on the Road’! I am happy to report on your articles; they are very genuine, easy going and flowing,and this one is no exception.
    I will recommend this place to some of my colleagues who would (just like you) experience the outskirts of a big city or a smaller town to get more familiarized with China and its people.
    Enjoy your trip wherever it might take you. :o)

  11. Thank you Maya 🙂 We really enjoyed our time at this school.


  12. It’s quite interesting to hear this side of the coin, as the internet seems to be full of mixed reviews for Shane.

    I’m looking for my next teaching job and I’ve seen plenty of advertisements for them, but must admit I’ve been a little hesitant due to what I’ve read on the internet. I suppose a lot just depends on what school you end up at! Glad to hear you had a good experience though and it’s quite encouraging for me to hear this. Thanks!

  13. Hey Jack,

    You’re right, schools vary from city to city, each under different management. Our experience in Yangzhou was very positive and I hope you have a great time wherever you end up 🙂

  14. Great blog with excellent info! 🙂

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