Posted: 12th May 2017


ESL Teacher - Maple Leaf Educational Systems - China




English Teacher




No experience required




12th June 2017

Applications close in -400 days


The Maple Leaf school system includes private elementary and middle schools offering the Chinese national curriculum and high schools delivering the BC Global Education Program certified by the Ministry of Education, British Columbia, Canada. The educational aspirations of Maple Leaf students involve studying the British Columbia (BC) Curriculum beginning in Grade 10, and later pursuing higher education abroad at English-medium universities. Underpinning student success in all of our schools is an extensive ESL program taught jointly by a team of internationally qualified ESL teachers and bilingual Chinese teachers. Given the ambitious goals of our students, the ESL class is one of the most important classes for students at Maple Leaf. In order for students to be ready for the English language demands of the BC Curriculum in Grade 10, the English language training they receive in kindergarten and elementary English language is of paramount importance.

The ESL teacher will be at the school from Monday through Friday, five working days a week. The school day is normally nine hours, including student supervision and a lunch break. The average teaching load for ESL Teachers is approximately 25 hours per week.  At the Kindergarten and Elementary levels, there are approximately twenty-five (25) classroom instructional periods per week. In addition to instructional periods, ESL teachers lead club activities, providing opportunities for informal English language learning and practice.


Qualifications & Requirements
  • Required CertificatesTESL/TEFL Certificate
  • Education RequiredBachelor
  • Minimum Teaching Experience2 Years
  • MajorAny
Additional Requirements
  • An undergraduate degree
  • A minimum 100 hours of TESL or TEFL training from a recognized teacher training institution
  • Two years of teaching experience


Job Benefits
  • Accommodation: MLES provides free apartments on-campus or in MLES owned off-campus apartments where available. When MLES owned apartments are not available MLES provides an accommodation allowance of 21,000RMB-30,000RMB (taxable) per year, paid in monthly installments. MLES staff at each school assist with initial accommodation set up. A $150USD damage deposit is required for on-campus housing and is deducted from the first month payment deposit.
  • Orientation: Maple Leaf gives first-time to Maple Leaf teachers an additional 5,000 (RMB) (taxable) in the first pay period to help offset the cost of initial living expenses incurred in moving to China. Apartments are furnished but not equipped. This allowance is for initial purchases of basic living necessities.
  • Airfare: MLES provides up to $1,500USD for roundtrip airfare in each year of the contract from the negotiated ´point of hire´ to the Chinese city in which the assigned school is located. This amount is usually allocated as two one-way flights to a maximum of $750USD per year. There are ´You-fly´ options, explained in more detail in the contract, available after the first contract year.
  • Vacation Entitlement: MLES provides a paid winter break of approximately 4 weeks and an approximately 6 week long summer break, along with one week in October and one week in May during Chinese national holidays. For the October and May holiday, 3 days are national holidays and MLES schools add two days of classes or professional development on Saturdays around the holiday to create the full week long vacation period.
  • Visa and Immunizations: MLES covers most costs, up to specified limits, and assists with applying for visas and resident permits in China. Candidates from outside of Canada will need to make arrangements to visit a Chinese Consulate to obtain their final visa prior to departure. The MLES Vancouver office will assist with obtaining visas from the Chinese Consulates in Canada. MLES will reimburse for basic immunizations up to $250USD.  Receipts are required.
  • Medica: MLES provides full international medical coverage.
  • Stock Incentive Bonus Plan: Maple Leaf teachers may be eligible to be awarded shares of Maple Leaf trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
  • Dependents Benefits: MLES provides medical insurance coverage, visas, immunizations, and annual flights for a dependent spouse and dependent children living full time in China with the teacher. MLES provides a school tuition discount for children of teachers.




147 Liberty Street, Toronto, Canada


Ph. ++1-416-628-1386


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