Language Exchange Program: Learn Mandarin and Teach English in China

1200RMB per month
21 Jul 2017
21 Aug 2017
Language Exchange Program
Part Time

Language Exchange Program: Learn Mandarin and Teach English in China

Aston offers a special language exchange program to learn Mandarin and teach English.


  • Teach 10 hours of English lessons per week in our school and we will give you the same amount of Mandarin lessons. (English lessons range from 20 to 120 minutes in length.)
  • We might occasionally offer you overtime teaching, for which you will be paid.
  • Teaching hours may change from week to week, with the total number of classroom hours being counted at the end of the month. Any hours in excess will be paid then.
  • The Language Exchange Project is open to anyone who is interested in Chinese language and culture. It is perfect for current undergraduates and recent high-school graduates but we also welcome participants who are older and have life and professional experience. Participants not only gain teaching experience with us, but have a unique opportunity to study Chinese in very small classes or even one-to-one.

Sample Schedule:

Week 1:

Arrive in Shanghai or Nanjing, one of our staff picks you up at the airport.

Tour of downtown Wuhu

Observe experienced teachers' lessons

Basic Chinese lessons (how to order food, how to ask where things are, etc.)

Dinner out with all of the new students, teachers and Aston staff.

Social events, such as movies, outings, etc.

Week 2:

Begin teaching

Begin Chinese classes

Term Dates 

Spring Term 2017 (exact dates to be confirmed)
Airport pick-up 4th or 5th February
Training and orientation 8th-19th February
First day of term 20th February
Last day of term 18th June

Summer Term 2017 (exact dates to be confirmed)
Airport pick-up 21 or 22 June
Training and orientation 23 - 2 July
First day or term 3 July
Last day of term 27 August

About You

  • Currently enrolled university students and graduates, or people who are interested in Chinese language and culture.
  • It is not required to be a native speaker of English, but a high level of English will be needed.
  • Teaching experience an asset, but not essential (training and teaching materials provided).
  • Easy going personality, responsible and patient with young children
  • Aston Language Centre was founded in 2001 and is located in Wuhu City, Anhui Province, China. Our aim is to provide high quality and affordable language courses to local Chinese students. In 2010, we taught over 10,000 Chinese students, from ages 3 to 62.
  • Aston not only provides English, Japanese, German, French and Korean courses for local Wuhu residents, but also provides Chinese Mandarin courses for foreign students from all over the world who wish to improve their language skills and their understanding of Chinese culture.
  • We also organise an annual summer and winter camps in the UK, USA and Australia.
  • Our full time teachers are recruited from countries in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America, and enjoy the opportunity to teach, study and travel in China.


  • Free Accommodation. A private single room and a living/dining room, bathroom and toilet shared with other participants.
  • Internet, gas, electricity and water are provided (the use of air-conditioner and telephone charges must be paid for by the participant).
  • Free lunch from Tuesday to Sunday.
  • Airport pick-up at either Nanjing or Shanghai airport.
  • Pocket money of 1200RMB per month
  • Free two day trip to Jiuhua Mountain.
  • Ten hours of free Chinese lessons a week.
  • Help with booking train tickets and hotels.

To apply for our Language Exchange Project please send: ·An up to date résumé ·Cover letter explaining your goals in joining the program

Program Director: Mr. Russell Forrest

Aston Language Centre


SKYPE: aston-english

Cost of Participation:

Cost to participant:

1) Return flight/Round Trip (from London or another UK city to Shanghai), cost around £500 (GBP) with a student’s ID.

2) Single entry VISA, £60 for British nationals, 40 Euro for Irish nationals, $140 for US nationals.

3) Overseas Travel Insurance (optional, but recommended).

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