Just A Typical Week

I have been hearing a lot of complaining from many of my friends about how much they work. How work is so boring and how they already hate their jobs. They’re telling me that I am so lucky to be spending the year in China not “really working.” To tell you the truth, I think I work more hours than most of the people who are complaining. Let me give you a rundown of my weekly schedule.

Monday and Tuesday:

These are my days off when we are not in intensives (which is when the universities are on break and EF loads up on courses.) When we are in intensives I only have 1 day off a week.


I will get into the office around 11am-12pm and start planning for the week. Usually I’ll plan my Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and a few Sunday classes. That’s six classes all together (four 1-hour classes and two 2-hour classes).  One Wednesdays I have a teachers meeting from 2:45-3:15 pm and then I have two Small Star classes from 5:30-7:40 pm. At this point I have been in the office for far too long and I head home.


On Thursdays I get in around the same time 11-12 and start planning for the weekend. If I hadn’t finished planning the week I will finish doing so first and then start on the weekend classes. All of my classes on the weekend are 2-hour long classes which take the longest to plan. I will try to plan my Saturday classes first. I then have a teacher’s workshop/training from 3-4 pm and then teach my CLT (business language) class from 6-8 pm.


On Fridays it’s a little different. Instead of having class a night I have a different CLT class in the middle of the day. For this class I have to commute to the company, which is a half hour away. So that is from 2-5 pm, including commute time. When I get back I try to plan the rest of the weekend. I might leave around 7 pm.


I wake up early and am at work by 8:30am. Saturdays and Sundays are our busiest days because kids don’t have school. From 9:30-11:30am I have one of my CLT classes (I teach each CLT class twice a week). From 1-3pm I have a TB4A (Trailblazer) class of 13-15 year olds. From 4-6pm I teach another TB4A class (this is the class I hate the most as many of the kids are assholes). And from 6:30-7:30pm I teach a Small Stars class. If I haven’t finished planning for the Sunday, I do so after the class either in the office or at home. At this point I have been at work from 8:30am till around 8pm.


Similar to Saturdays I wake up early and am at work by 8:30am. I start with two Small Star classes. One from 9-10am and the other from 11-12am. I then teach a CLT class from 1-3pm and afterwards a TB4B class from 3:15-5:15pm. At this point I do a demo for prospective students (which is a 20-minute lesson for prospective students and their parents). After the demo I have to administer a placement test for kids who participated in the demo to see what class they would place into. I then end my day and my week with a Small Star class from 6:30-7:30pm. I will leave work around 8pm and head home.

Adding up all my hours, I am in the office about 48-50 hours a week. Now granted I am not always working every minute I am there, but lets face it neither are you. So from now on I don’t want to hear any more complaining about how much you work.


About JoelS

Spending a year teaching English and saving the world in China
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