Aston English is the flagship division of The Aston Educational Group. Aston English started in the city of Dalian in 1996. From the humble beginning of a single school it has flourished into one of the largest ESL operators in China with over 120 schools in 70 cities across 22 provinces.
We have schools across the whole of China, from Inner Mongolia to Guangdong, Xinjiang to Jiangsu. This gives teachers a choice as to the kind of lifestyle they want when they come to experience China. We currently have schools in 7 of the top 20 cities for foreigners to live in China as voted in International Talent Magazine.
Curriculum & Syllabus
We have spent many years developing our own curriculum and syllabus. Our primary focus is on spoken and listening English with reading and writing as a secondary. Teachers will have full support with regard to text books. They are given a Teacher’s guide, Text book and Workbook for each level that they are responsible for teaching
We have two level sets, Kindergarten and Pre School levels and then Primary school through to High school levels.
Training and Development
Along with our students, teachers are our priority. We have spent much time and resources on teacher development and foreign teacher support. We have central and regional offices overseeing all our franchisee and company schools.
Most locations have foreign managers and a line of support to promote fairness and clear communication to break through cultural barriers and reduce misunderstandings. We understand the dynamics of working within a multicultural environment and do our best to make our teachers time in China as comfortable as possible and their experience enjoyable and extraordinary.
Before teachers start their contract they go on a 2 day training course called TCERT training. This is an induction and orientation course where the newly employed teachers are introduced to the course books and materials they will be using during the course of their employment. They will also have the opportunity to share ideas in workshops and do practice classes to get them warmed up and some initial classroom experience.
Teacher development is very important to Aston. During the course of a teacher’s employment they will have the opportunity to request coaching or observe peer classes to help them improve or develop as teachers.
Currently Aston English is undergoing an upgrade. We have our traditional Aston English Schools and then we have what is called Aston 3.0 which utilizes interactive whiteboards, activity rooms where children can use and develop their English in real life situations while also stimulating their creativity.