Lower Primary ELL/ESL Teacher, Macau, China

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School of the NationsMacau, China

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Working individually or in groups with students in lower primary who are pulled out of regular classes several hours per week for language-specific instruction. The expectation is that they will be able to re-integrate into regular classes by the following academic year. Must be able to design custom curricula for each student's learning needs and assess the students regularly. 

  • Facilitate learning by becoming engaged in life and progress of each child, including maintaining a close relationship with parents.
  • Organize, support and take part school events, outings and activities.
  • Attend staff meetings and contribute to effective and harmonious functioning of the department.


Our primary department is from Primary 1 to Primary 5. Primary teachers are with students for homeroom and core subjects, up to twenty periods a week. A maximum class size of 25 students allows teachers time to develop genuine relationships with their students. Character development and academic achievement are both considered essential aspects to students’ development. Several curricula are currently used and are always being refined. Collaboration between teachers is emphasized to enhance the learning experience of our students. 

Working Hours & Schedule

Teachers have 36 working hours per week, which is comprised of up to twenty 45-minute teaching periods, various responsibilities, and some planning time. 

There are about 30 days of Macau and school holidays throughout the year which includes both Winter and Chinese Spring Festival breaks, plus about 60 days of summer holidays. Monthly working Saturdays—which often foster community engagement and extension activities—allow us to lengthen our holidays while still meeting contact day requirements. 

Compensation & Benefits

The annual base salary range, including housing allowance, starts at approximately US$44,000, after tax. This does not include the annual travel allowance, new year’s bonus, pension contributions, and yearly re-enlistment bonus that is equivalent to one month’s salary. Furthermore, the government of Macau generously provides a teacher’s subsidy of at least US$580 per month. Taken together, the after-tax total compensation that teachers receive begins at US$57,500. 

Benefits include local healthcare coverage, reduced tuition for up to two dependents to enrol in the school, assistance in finding an apartment including a one-week hotel stay, and an interest-free salary advance to assist with upfront housing costs if needed. 


Primary teaching qualifications, i.e. A bachelor’s degree in education with a junior/senior primary qualification OR any bachelor’s degree with relevant post-graduate certification in primary education. 

Fluency in English, which is the medium of instruction.

More information

Learn more about our school and living in Macau: https://www.schoolofthenations.com/School_of_Nations.php?page=Working_at_SON

How to Apply

To apply for this position, which starts within the 2019-2020 academic year, please click the apply button and complete the simple application form. We make hiring decisions as soon as we find the right teacher, not based on a deadline, so apply without delay. 

More about School of the Nations
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Rua do Minho, Taipa, Macau SAR, Macao. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +853 2870 1759
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The School of the Nations, an internationally-oriented day school, was founded by members of the Macau Bahá’í community exactly 30 years ago to serve the local and expatriate communities. At present, over 650 students from age 3 to 18 are instructed ...