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Well, it's finally up and running. Check out our new Longman Schools recruitment site here: http://www.longmancareers.com/

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We are happy to share the pictures of our newest campus in XinZhuang last weekend. We look forward to many years of success at this location!
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XinZhuang Campus Opening
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Some scenes from our 2015 Chinese New Year's Party
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CNY 2015
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Come for a year or stay for a career!

Shanghai Longman Schools has been in the business of providing top notch English education in Shanghai  for over 14 years. If you are a dedicated teaching professional and would like more than a passing experience of living in Shanghai, we'll be more than happy to provide you with a career in ESL. If you just want to get away for a year and have an international working experience to broaden your horizons, we are happy to have you climb on board with us as well.
 
We are always looking for bright, energetic, native English teachers to join our growing team of professionals. Working at Shanghai Longman Schools is not just a job, it is a chance to learn about China while gaining valuable overseas working experience. Join our professional team of educators and experience the world from a new perspective.
 
About Us
Shanghai Longman Schools has over 14 years experience in the ESL industry serving greater Shanghai's young learners' needs with its 15 campuses. We offer modern facilities, the best course materials available, top-notch teacher training, ongoing career development training, and all the support you expect from a first class company. Our campuses employ the latest in interactive whiteboard technology, are designed to be an ideal place for children to learn, and are conveniently located throughout the city within easy access of public transit.
 
About Shanghai
Situated just south of the Yangtze river, Shanghai is at a cross roads between north and south China, and between China and the West. Because of its unique history and its status as the face of new China, Shanghai attracts people from all over China and the world.  Living in Shanghai, you can experience the best that China has to offer while still enjoying all the shopping, dining, and nightlife options you enjoy in your hometown. No matter who you are or where you are from, Shanghai offers all the things you know and love and the adventure of discovering China for yourself.
 
Qualifications
A genuine interest in teaching children and developing professionally
Open-minded, an adventurous spirit, and professional flexibility
4-year bachelor's degree from an accredited university
Native English speaker
Passport issued by the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand
Two years post bachelor degree teaching experience preferred
Internationally recognized TEFL, CELTA, or TESOL certification
Experience traveling internationally and working abroad preferred
 
Responsibilities
Planning and delivering lessons to young learners (ages 3-15, class sizes 8-15)
Using up-to-date electronic media and courseware to teach English efficiently and effectively
Evaluating student progress and providing ongoing guidance for improvement
Participating in social activities with students organized by your school
Employment package
Starting salaries from 13,000 to 16,000 rmb per month
16 teaching hours and 10 office hours per week
2 Days off per week
Paid overtime for teaching
Paid sick and vacation time
One-year Z working visa
5000rmb flight allowance (paid upon contract completion)
Comprehensive health Insurance
Accommodation assistance
On-going professional teacher development and training programs
2000rmb relocation allowance (overseas applicants only)
15 month contract
Discounts for Chinese Lessons at Mandarin Inn language school

For more information go to: http://longmancareers.com
 
Send resume's to: shcareer@longmanschools.com.cn

Coming to Shanghai: 5 tips for the first time ESL teacher in China.

1) Bring enough money.
Shanghai can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. The median income is about 5000rmb a month, but renting a flat can cost you considerably more. The same goes for food. You could spend 50rmb a day on meals or spend 300rmb per meal. You won't really know how much you will have to spend until getting here and paychecks only come once a month so you should have a comfortable buffer of cash to see you through the first weeks. 

Also, at some point, you'll probably want to find your own place or share with roommates. If you are looking to rent your own place, the initial payment can be quite high. Rent is typically paid every 3 months, and to get a flat you'll have to pay a damage deposit equal to 1 month's rent and if you use an agent, a 35% agency fee on top of that. So to rent a 5000rmb per month flat (which is quite a bit on the cheap side in the central city), you'll have to shell out 15,000rmb in rent, 5000rmb in damage deposit, and 1750rmb in agency fee totaling 21750rmb just to move in. To sign up for phone or internet, you may also need to pay a deposit and installation fee of up to 1000rmb or may have to pay 12 months service in advance which can be quite a bill. Moving into a shared flat can help you avoid all these big initial expenses and may be a good option for the newly arrived teacher, but having some cash on hand is always a smart move.

2) If you'll need a credit card, bring one with you.
Credit is not international. It is dependent on the country or region you live in. Therefore, if you have a great credit score in the US, it doesn't mean you have credit anywhere else. In China, you have none. So, if you think you might want to use a credit card during your time in Shanghai, don't cancel the one you have now and think you can just get a new one in China, you can't.

In fact, getting a credit card without your company co-signing the credit application is nearly impossible if you are not Chinese, and if it is possible, the best most people can get is one that must be prepaid, which isn't really "credit" at all.

In China, luckily, cash is still king, and all your travel arrangements can be made in person in cash. Hotels may require a 500rmb or so deposit if you arrive without a credit card, but this is no problem for most travelers. But if you hope to travel to other Asian countries like Singapore, South Korea, or Japan, have a credit card becomes much more essential. So, if you think you'll be travelling around Asia and already have a credit card in your home country, bring it with you.

3) Bring originals of all official documents you may need: Degree, Certificates, Criminal Record Check, etc.
More than once a new teacher has arrived at Longman Schools for a job and forgot some vital official document in their home country. This causes a big headache as your work permit cannot be converted to the residence permit which entitles you to live and work in China. You'll be sat waiting for things to be sent by courier from your home country while you spend time waiting and wondering if you'll ever be legally allowed to work. This can be annoying and frustrating and a  poor way to start your adventure in Shanghai.

4) Learn all you can about China before arriving.
The more you know, the better off you are. China is a very old civilization with a cultural tradition unlike any the West has to offer. The best way to prepare yourself for being immersed in Chinese culture is to learn all you can about the country before arriving. Read news stories, watch documentaries, and read as many books as possible. (Anything written by Peter Hessler is a good place to start.)
When you arrive here you'll at least have some expectation of what you might encounter and will be better mentally prepared to start your new life working at Longman Schools.

Also, you will find, that in China, getting information about China might be far more difficult than it is outside the country. In other words, after arriving, it might be too late to find answers to questions you have about the how's and why's of modern day China.  Which leads to the final tip...

5) Buy a VPN.
If you like things like Youtube, Facebook, gmail or access to blog sites, news sites, airline booking systems, hotel booking systems, developer sites like github, or just want to be able to access foreign sites without having to wait minutes for pages to load, you need a VPN.

The internet is a scary thing for the Chinese Communist Party and therefore, they do everything they can to stop you from seeing it. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) will bypass the Great Firewall of China, and allow you to roam the net unencumbered by the shackles of Chinese internet thought police. Even relatively innocuous things like booking a hotel in Tokyo or reading your email may be impossible without a VPN. More than one traveler to China has found themselves in a difficult position because they could not access their gmail to check on hotel reservations or to tell their loved ones they arrived safely.  (In this situation, phoning may not be an option as outside f hotels, phones do not connect with the outside world unless specifically applied for at the time of registration and cell phones do not have the ability to make overseas calls.)

So get a VPN before you arrive. Over the past 3 or 4 years, Astrill has been the best and is worth looking into before you come. Paying for things like VPN's after already in China may be impossible as the sites are to sign-up are often blocked and Chinese payment methods like Union Pay to PayPal for payment are also blocked.

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An Interview with Peter Winthrop

Q1) What made you decide to come to Shanghai and work for Longman Schools?
 
Peter:
After visiting Shanghai as part of a study abroad program I wanted to live in Shanghai. I came to work at Longman Schools because of the support for the company by Pearson Publishing. Offering a legitimacy that other companies lacked.
 
Q2)How long have you been living and working in Shanghai?
 
Peter:
I have lived in Shanghai for five years.
 
Q3)  Describe a typical work week at your campus.
 
Peter:
The week begins with lesson planning, a campus meeting and finishing up of any work from the previous week. We prepare the materials for the week and discuss with each other activities we have used and the general chatting about life, good vacation spots.
 
Q4) What does Shanghai have to offer outside of work?
 
Peter:
Shanghai has the largest variety of food choices, grocery and restaurants, Chinese and non-Chinese. There are a lot of local spots to visit, for all kinds of interests and Shanghai is pretty centrally located for travel to other places, whether in China or other countries.
 
Q5) In your opinion, how does Shanghai compare with other cities you have visited in mainland China?
 
Peter:
Shanghai has a very good public transportation system and great options as far as grocery stores go. Not as vibrant night/street food options as some other cities though.
 
Q6) Overall, would you say moving to Shanghai for a job at Longman Schools was a good idea? Why or why not?
 
Peter:
Teaching is fulfilling and Longman Schools alows their teachers to use their creativity to get across the teaching objectives. The coworkers who have been serious have been great in their support and willingness to support and share ideas.
 
Q7) What do you think is important for other people to know before they decide to come to Shanghai to work at Longman Schools?
 
Peter:
This isn't like where you have lived or worked before, so come ready to be flexible and work together with others. Even when it doesn't make sense to do it that way.
 
Q8) What has been the most rewarding aspect of living here and working at Longman Schools?
 
Peter:
I am grateful for the chance to grow as a professional and a person, with the opportunities to try new things. 
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Christmas Fun in iLongman Club
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iLongman Club Photos
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