Aston English is the flagship division of The Aston Educational Group. Aston English came into being in the city of Dalian in 1996. From the humble beginning of a single school it has flourished into one of China’s largest ESL operators in China with over 140 schools in 101 cities across 22 provinces.
Curriculum & Syllabus
Aston has spent many years developing our own curriculum and syllabus. Our primary focus is on spoken and listening skills, with reading and writing secondary. Teachers are provided with a teacher’s guide, textbook and workbook for each level they teach.
Training & Development
The Aston TCERT, which is a 28-hour course for all new teachers to help them understand who we are as a company, help them build their confidence in the classroom, and introduce them to our IPA methodology. With three and a half days of training being packed of useful teaching techniques and the full participation of everyone involved it was a great success. We would like to wish all new arriving teachers a successful term of teaching. Become the best version of yourself you can become.
Aston English is a brand of professional English Language training schools under the Aston Educational Group which focuses on speaking and listening skills for 3-18 year olds. Since the first school was established in Dalian, China in 1996, over 130 language centers have been established in 100 cities across China. Aston English is an English language training brand from the United States in China which is specifically designed for Chinese children. We strive to provide the best possible environment for our teachers so that they can deliver quality education to our students.
Aston has 5 levels of proficiency: Foundation, Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. Students attend once a week, with classes being held over the weekend or on weekday evenings after normal school hours. The foundation level is called Jungle Gym which has 4 levels, and student ages range from 3-5. All classes have 10 students per class plus parents.
After “Jungle Gym” we have Beginner level called“PC” classes for students aged between 5 and 7. “PC” stands for Parent Child, as parents or guardians may attend the class. There are 4 PC class levels: PC 1 and 2 have 10 students per class plus parents, while in PC 3 and 4 there are 12 students without parents. For Foundation and Beginner classes the western teachers teach for 30 minutes, assisted by a Chinese teacher.
The Primary school to High school classes (ages 7 to 18) are divided into 3 levels of proficiency: Elementary (C1A-C4B), Intermediate (T1A-T4B) and Advanced. Students are placed according to their ability rather than their age, so there may be a range of ages in one class (within reason).
Western teacher/Chinese teacher time depends on the class level. C1A: western teacher teaches for 30 minutes assisted by a Chinese teacher and Chinese teacher teaches for 1.5 hours alone. From C1B to C4B, western teacher teaches for 45 minutes assisted by a Chinese teacher and Chinese teacher teaches for 75 minutes alone.
From T1A to T1B, class time is divided 50/50 between the teachers: the western teacher teaches for 1 hour assisted by a Chinese teacher, and the Chinese teacher teaches a further hour alone. From T2A to T4B, classes are split 75/25 with the western teacher teaching one and a half hours assisted by a Chinese teacher and the Chinese teacher teaching the final 30 minutes alone.
Finally, advanced levels are taught by the western teacher alone for 2 hours. We teach all ages and levels exclusively through English so Western teachers are not required to speak Chinese - translation is provided by Chinese teachers only when necessary.
Facilities & Classroom
The Aston English classroom is very simple; each class has 18 desk chairs plus a whiteboard or glass board. The Aston 4.0 and Aston A+ classroom are similar, with the addition of interactive whiteboards installed with audio and video capabilities.