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English Teachers Needed - Kang Ning English School - Taiwan (re-post email correction)

Posted By: Kang Ning English School <serenawen.kangning@gmail.com>
Date: Monday, 5 May 2014, at 10:02 a.m.

I. Requirement
BA degree or AA degree with ESL/EFL teaching certificates. Minimum one year contract, two years preferred. English native-speaking educators with teaching passion and professionalism.

II. Benefits
Minimum monthly pay NT$60,000-68,000 depending on professional & academic qualifications, with end of contract bonus, perfect attendance bonus, performance bonus, and additional overtime pay & bonus, free staff trips, free meals/snacks, health insurance & ARC, and paid national holidays/vacation

III. School introduction
Kang Ning English School (KNES) is a private English school established in 1985. The school has two departments, the Language Department, with mainly elementary and secondary school students, and Kindergarten Department (KD), with 3-6 years olds. Some of the LD students meet twice a week for English instruction and some come every day for different subjects in English. The KD students come every day for all subjects in English. Our KD is an immersion program in which teachers work from 9:00am to 6:00 or 7:30pm. LD teachers work from 1:00am-9:30pm. Saturday hours are optional and bear extra pay. Both programs have well-established & structured curriculum.

We provide a positive, stable & supportive educational environment with English speaking staff. We currently have thirteen full-time English-native-speaking teachers from all over the world. The foreign teachers・ turnover rate is one of the lowest in Hsinchu county. This year, 83% of the teachers renewed their contract.

The school is located in Zhudong(or spelled as Chutung, Judong), Hsinchu County, with three branches within 15 minutes of scooter drive. Zhudong is a medium-sized town with a population of 100,000. There are 4 universities and 3 colleges nearby. It takes 30 minutes to get to the ocean and 5 minutes to the mountains by car. It is about 70-minute drive to Taipei, the capital and biggest city of Taiwan. Neighboring areas (within 30 minutes of drive) include: Jhubei, Hsinchu city & the Science Park (Taiwan Silicon Valley).

IV. Contract period and Start date
Minimum contract period is 1 year, two years preferred.
KD Program: 1 position beginning in July 2014
LD Program: 4 positions beginning immediately, in July 2014, August 2014 and January 2015.

Interested applicants should email the attached application, a copy of passport, and two references with email and/or phone number to Serena Wen, serenawen.kangning@gmail.com
Please specify your preference of the department (KD or LD) and beginning date. For further information about the school, please visit our website at www.kangning.com.tw

Contact information of the school is as below -
No.39, Park Rd. Zhudong, Hsinchu County, 310 Taiwan
Tel: 886-3-594-3322
Fax: 886-3-596-7392.

V. Some Teachers・ comments
Fabian - 4 years with KNES
Kang Ning is one of the best and well managed schools that I・ve worked at while living in Taiwan. Everyone is extremely friendly, kind, professional, and thoughtful. We are all able to communicate well with each other. The school is also more than willing to help teachers find accommodation, assist with work permits, arrange transportation, and help with anything that we might need.

The curriculum is highly organized and the workload is not too strenuous. It is easy to follow the class schedule and to arrange any and all teaching aids. Each teacher also gets full support from Serena (owner), head teachers, teaching assistants, and the rest of the school staff. We are also encouraged to help each other with teaching aids, and ideas for the classroom when necessary. The school is also open to ideas from teachers concerning new materials for classes. We are all motivated to teach our students to the best of our ability because the students enjoy attending our classes. Students are encouraged to do their best and generally they are wonderful to teach. I find that Kang Ning students are free and open to speaking English all the time in class. It is easy to establish a close teacher-student bond from the very beginning.
Jhudong is situated on the foot of a mountain so it is a quiet little town. There are many restaurants, night markets, a park, a swimming pool, and it is easy to find a hiking trail. Hsinchu City is only about 20 minutes away, close to the beach for swimming and cycling, and the High Speed Rail is only 15 minutes away from the school so it・s fast and convenient to get to any city from Taipei to Kaoshiung.

Nazeem -3 years with KNES
Moving to Kang Ning has been very rewarding for me as a teacher. From day 1 I was amazed at the level of competence the students possessed. As a result of the environment as well as the quality of the teachers they・ve had, the kids here have developed really strong language skills. The staff members here are friendly, helpful and very experienced, which made the transition here really easy. With innovative programs like the Whale and Dolphin classes, kids have room to develop at various levels, whether they・ve studied English before. With our new Panda class we hope to keep that success going into the future.

Rafe - 2 years with KNES
As an experienced 'long term' teacher in Taiwan, I have found working at Kang Ning to be a refreshing experience. The curriculum is well organised, and students are encouraged to be creative, thoughtful and curious. The environment is designed to promote learning in a holistic way so children learn English in a variety of settings and from a varied staff of foreign teachers. The kindergarten is colourful and bright with excellent resources and very happy students. The language department is very focused and I have been impressed with the high level of English within the school.
I would certainly recommend working at Kang Ning and experiencing the more laid back lifestyle of rural Taiwan. Jhudong is a convenient town with some truly beautiful mountain scenery just a short drive or hike away!

Application for Teaching Position
Kang Ning English School

Name:_____________
Date of Birth: _____________________
Current Telephone/Skype account: ________________ Permanent Telephone:_____________ E-mail:_________________
Mailing Address: __________________________________________________
Permanent Address: _______________________________________________
Marital Status: ____________ Number of Children: _______
Nationality: _______________

- Please list your Post Secondary Education: including names of school, years attended(from mon/yr to mon/yr), major & degree.
- Please list your detailed Employment History chronologically
A.) Teaching Experience if available: Including names of schools/institutions & located countries, subject & age level taught, years served(from mon/yr to mon/yr)
B.) Other professional experiences including part time positions: including name of companies & located countries, job nature & title, years served(from mon/yr to mon/yr)
- Please describe any professional/personal experiences which have prepared you for working overseas and /or teaching Chinese children.
- Why are you interested in teaching English as a foreign language in Taiwan?
- Please describe your long term and short term career goals.
- Please describe your personality and personal interests or hobbies.
- Please describe your health. Are you a smoker or a non-smoker?
- Which department are you interested in working in? When are you available? Where did you find the job posting?
- When will you be able to arrive in Taiwan, if needed to come asap?
- A two-year commitment is desired. How do you think you can make it?
- Please list at least two persons familiar with your professional background whom we may contact by phone & email as references.

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