Well, I got down to one article and saw the following comment about CTLC:
Anyways, I think it goes to show that you should be careful, and that’s my purpose: to warn you and give you information from someone who has been through the program not once, but twice.
When I went over there they had about 100 teachers that year, in 2008-9. This year they’ll have close to 200.
I know their salaries have increased from the 5,000 RMB I got each month to the around 9,000 RMB you’ll get each month. I know this because I recently talked to someone from the program.
Still, if I was starting at an English training center I’d be making 12,000 to 14,000 RMB a month.
What is all of this in American dollars? Well, I got paid $800 my first year and $960 my second year. That was my monthly salary.
Compare that to the $1,450 you get working for CTLC now, as well as the $1,930 to $2,250 you’d get a month if you worked for a training center.
What are some good training centers? I’ve got a whole list of them in my book English Last, a whole section in fact.
My point is, you can make more money elsewhere, but that also means you have to work harder. Trust me though – anything is better than 50 kids in a class.
Many of you reading this right now won’t make it through your first year. I bet the dropout rate is close to 25% now, if not higher. I have no idea, but I’m sure there are fewer people going all year than when I was doing it. It’s just that the support you receive from your school and CTLC is nonexistent.
But there are things they could do to make your experience better, unfortunately with their insistence upon classes of 50 students this is just a joke at best and impossible at worst.
So when I get silly, nameless trolling comments like that joker I’m glad I “accidently” delete them. Anyone visiting this site can tell at a glance that there’s a ton of useful information here, most of it for free.
I sure hope any CTLC teachers going over there will email me and tell me how they feel. I’ll give you advice and answer any questions you have.
I love to write posts that help teachers, so if you have any questions about CTLC in China or teaching ESL in China that you want to say in front of everyone, the comments are open.