i2 Education has two types of English training centers that offer slightly different programs for students aged 3-12 years old.
The majority of our campuses in 23 cities around China use the iBilingual program that is implemented in an English-only environment where foreign teachers teach English to groups of 6 students. Apart from regular English classes, the iBilingual course includes Phenomenon-Based Learning classes where students bring their knowledge of English to real life and use the language outside of the classroom. Small group classes combined with PBL classes give you endless opportunities to observe your students’ progress in English, to get to know your students on a personal level and to feel an important part of their learning journey. Besides, it enables you to use various types of interaction patterns as well as creative activities to engage every student and to have a conducive learning atmosphere.
Some of our training centers are specialized in offering the i2 Kiddo program for groups of 12 students. At i2 Kiddo campuses students aged 3-12 years old learn English in a bilingual environment with both local English teachers and foreign English teachers. Working at an i2 Kiddo campus you will have an opportunity to work side by side with the Chinese English teachers, experiencing various teaching styles and acquiring a new perspective on education. Besides, you will be using technology in class and learning innovative ways of teaching English. If you prefer working with larger groups and feel keen to use interactive whiteboards and other educational technologies, i2 Kiddo will be a great fit for you.
Your Job in a Nutshell
As an English teacher at i2 Education, you are expected to give good quality and fun lessons to our students to ensure that learners achieve great communicative competence in English. Apart from teaching classes, you will also have an opportunity to enhance your academic knowledge and keep pace with the latest educational trends – at i2 Education, we provide you with the curriculum, ongoing academic support, and multiple teaching resources to help you become a confident and knowledgeable educator. Apart from training and workshop sessions, we have regular team-building activities, that will help you meet new people from all over the world and make lifelong friends that will share amazing memories with you in China!
Our English courses (both, iBilingual and i2 Kiddo) are based on an award-winning curriculum, detailing the content that needs to be taught and offering clear aims for each class. This provides our teachers with ample support in planning their lesson as well as the freedom to execute it according to various teaching styles. Each campus has a huge variety of teaching resources, such as toys, games, flashcards, crafts, worksheets, digital packs, and other materials that can support you in delivering effective and engaging lessons.
Training and development
Initial Teacher Training: Your first week with us will consist of induction training sessions at our headquarters in Guangzhou, or in Chengdu. This will acquaint you with our educational products, teaching philosophy, and methods, as well as give you a glimpse into daily campus life and life in China. During the 5-day induction training, you will receive teaching fundamentals to let you feel equipped for working with us as an ESL teacher. We make sure that our training is not only informative and relevant but also fun and interactive, where teachers get to practice their skills and encounter real-life classroom scenarios.
Ongoing Training: The training and development team at i2 Headquarters provide professional and academic support to our teachers and managers on a weekly basis to make sure we maintain high teaching quality across our campuses. We facilitate ongoing academic training on a national level for all i2 teachers, in addition to weekly campus-level training and mentorship from campus managers and peer-mentors. Our trainers and managers are quick to react to any educational concerns that teachers experience in the classroom, therefore, our training programs are designed to meet actual teachers’ needs.
At i2 Education we pay due attention to the professional development and career growth of our teachers, focusing on finding talents among our staff. We strive to develop our teachers and give them an opportunity to build their careers at i2 Education. Thus, whether you are interested in management and leading a team, or you would like to become an academic trainer yourself, you will always have an opportunity to do it at i2 Education.
The students you’ll teach
You’ll teach students aged 3 – 12 years old who are energetic and ready to have fun in the classroom. Even though this age range seems to be a bit challenging for those who have never worked with such students before, you shouldn’t doubt your potential. As a teacher, you will definitely find your way how to interact effectively with your students. You will be amazed at how quickly learners of this age get used to the rules you set up and how soon they progress in acquiring a new language with you! Teaching such young students will be a rewarding experience to you – you will find a joy to see how your small students learn from you, laugh with you, copy you, attach to you and grow up with you!
Our students attend i2 Education classes after school and on weekends, and this is when you will be teaching classes at your campus. i2 teachers find this kind of schedule really convenient because you’ll have a half-day free on most days, in addition to your 2 off days, so you will have a lot of opportunities to explore your city or pursue your hobbies in China.
We value real friendship and positive experiences, and that’s why we help you achieve both. Throughout the year, we have regular workshops, regional training, and team-building activities where teachers get to meet one another and grow their circle of friends. If you consider yourself a performer, we also have an annual party where teachers get to showcase their talents. Each campus becomes a family away from home to most teachers, and you will often find teachers getting together on their days off, or after work, for dinner, a hike, exploring the city, or karaoke. We also have WeChat groups for teachers in different regions, so help is simply a text away.
Phenomenon Based Learning (PBL)
PBL originates from Finland and involves students developing language skills through exploration. It’s a known fact that students learn faster by putting their knowledge into practice. We’ve incorporated this approach into our iBilingual syllabus. You’ll often find students and teachers participating in non-traditional teaching activities on weekends, like camping, making pizza, canoeing, playing baseball, or even flying a helicopter. It’s just as exciting for teachers as it is for students. You will become an expert at PBL through our regular academic training and weekly PBL activities, and have loads of fun in the process.
Apply for a teaching position at i2 Education now, and start your adventure with us!