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Grade 2 ELA Teacher

The Elementary School classes in SMIC Chinese Track cover grades one to five.  SMIC students have a higher level of English proficiency than most Chinese schools.  Students are taught all their classes in Chinese except for two classes each day in English.  Starting in 2015, we piloted a new English Language Arts program that we are continuing to develop and so SMIC Chinese Track has two English programs, with the older Oral English focused English program being slowly phased out. In the past, the Oral English program was a joint endeavour with one English class conducted by an expat teacher while one grammar and writing focused class was taught by a local English teacher.

The ELA program, has a different approach that typical Oral English classes.  Students in our ELA program are often preparing to go abroad.  With this focus in mind, both English classes are taught by the native English teacher and are based on American curriculums.  Teachers are expected to cover all competencies, reading, writing, speaking and listening, and use a variety of methods to enhance learning.

A teacher who would be a good fit for this position should be flexible, have an energetic personality, love for children, and good classroom management skills. Teachers will be responsible for lesson planning, daily homework assignments, quarterly mid-term and final exams, parental communications, and so on. Curriculum is provided and there are many supplementary resources and colleagues available to assist our staff.


  • Facilitate intensive academic vocabulary development
  • Teach students about the structure and content of the English language, including proper grammar, spelling, and sentence structure
  • Develop a culture of reading through stories/ articles
  • Help students interpret a variety of texts including literature, poetry, history, and science
  • Develop students’ literary analysis skills
  • Equip students to learn through collaboration



  • Teach 20 periods a week from Monday to Friday
  • Create lesson plans and modify throughout the year. Utilize various curriculum resources in planning
  • Observe and evaluate student's performance through varied assessments
  • Grade papers, tests and homework in a timely manner
  • Maintain grade books, especially online
  • Create a positive educational climate and manage student behavior in the classroom
  • Communicate clearly in and out of the classroom with students and parents
  • Attend staff meetings and professional development sessions
  • Learn through observations of self and of peers
  • Participate in school wide events such as the Charity Fundraiser, Sports Day, student recruitment, etc.
  • Take an active role in required meetings (departmental; grade level; committees, faculty; etc.)
  • Assist with additional duties as assigned
  • Promote our school values of Excellence, Honor, Community and Joy
  • Demonstrate strong positive commitment toward school improvement
  • Demonstrate commitment to integrated education at the elementary level including innovations and best practices
  • Develop and follow the established elementary language arts’ curriculum including designing units to support it
  • Knowledgeable about ELA teaching style and how primary level classroom instruction integrates into it
  • Comfortable working in a school that integrates western style educational philosophies
  • Comfortable with computers for school related purposes including data management, email, and MS Office programs
  • Fluent in both oral and written English at a professional standard
  • Desire to actively engage in professional development opportunities as provided by the school or through individual initiative
  • Flexible in adapting to a multi-cultural environment with school community members of many nationalities
Posted: September 2018
This is a Direct to School Job
Beijing, China
February 2019
2 Years
Licensed Teacher
USD 2800 - 3800

Job Benefits

  • Salary Scale: RMB 18,000+ BA, plus qualifications (for 2 years of teaching), RMB 20,000+ MA, plus qualifications RMB 22,000+ Admin, plus qualifications
  • Annual Bonuses: A Chinese New Year bonus at 50%-120% of monthly salary and an annual 10% raise of the yearly salary (Both based on performance)
  • Free Child Tuition: Up to two children receive 100% tuition discount (not included: lunch, books, etc.) Contingent on meeting SMIC Admissions policy requirements
  • Airfare: One round trip ticket for employee and dependents 12,000 per year stipend for home visit
  • Visas: Legal Working Visa Dependent Visas for family HR Staff assists through the whole process
  • Relocation: USD 1,000/ single USD 2,000/ family Assistance in resettling
  • Vacation: 7 weeks paid summer vacation 5 weeks paid winter vacation
  • Insurance: Medical, Dental and Evacuation for employee and dependents, Long Term Disability, Life
  • Continuing Education: Individual PD Allowance - 60% Tuition Reimbursement In-house Collaborative PD
  • Housing: On campus housing Subsidized housing (Dependant on availability)
  • Holidays: Paid public Chinese holidays, Short Christmas break, Short New Year's Eve break
  • Leave Allowance: Personal, Marriage, Bereavement, Emergency, Child Adoption, Maternity, and Paternity Leave 5 Days Annual Leave

Qualifications and Requirements

Teaching Credential/License
Education or English
  • Four years teaching experience is a must, but we will consider student teaching and summer teaching positions to add up to those four years of teaching