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"The Chinese nation is huge and hungry for the English language. For over two decades there has been a flow of native speakers from the West to teach at schools and academic institutions around the country. But the past few years have seen a remarkable explosion in the number of private language institutes and companies in China, something that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. The emerging middle class in China aspires to send their children for private tuition just as in the capitalist countries of Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. So a great many opportunities are opening up in China and are being advertised abroad especially via the Internet.

...Requirements for teaching posts in China are not always stringent: a university degree is often sufficient and teaching experience counts for more than formal training. In many cases teachers receive free airfare, a local salary, and perks. Wages are best in the big cities (Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai) where there are scores of English schools. But many teachers feel that the drawbacks of Chinese city life are so great that they prefer to work in the provinces for less money. The western provinces like Yunnan are more pleasant and less money-mad than the east coast cities. Once you get a job make sure the school sorts out the various permits for which you are eligible. Ask for help in obtaining a temporary residence so you can avoid the tedious and expensive necessity of renewing your visa." —Susan Griffith reports in Teaching English In Asia.

The articles below offer both advice from experienced experts and a variety of useful first-hand accounts of a English teachers in China.

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Dominic Woodman describes clearly and realistically the steps involved in finding the major types of English teaching work in China, the processes involved, including a discussion of the all-important Z visa.
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Nick and Dariece spent a memorable year of complete immersion teaching English to kindergarteners and living in Yangzhou, and describe their experience. They also managed to make lasting friends, create many memories, and save quite a bit of money in the process.
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How to Prepare, What to Expect by Valerie Sartor
China’s High Demand for English Teachers by Lydia Smith
A Primer for Prospective Teachers of English in China: A Diverse Market Awaits by Andrew Norman
Teaching English in Shanghai, China: Plentiful Jobs, Fascinating Place by Kristin Glavitsch
Marshall University’s Go China Program by Dania Patricia Maxwell 
English Teachers in China are Wanted by Matt Lee
Teach in Southern China by Rensina van den Heuvel
Living and Teaching in Hong Kong by Anna Maria Davis
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Top Jobs Teaching in China
See a daily selection of the Top Jobs Teaching English in China courtesy of ESL Job Feed.

Zuhai, Shanghai & Beijing, China
CTESOL / CTEFL: Teach English Around the World
4 week — Internationally accredited courses worldwide.

ITTT’s TESOL courses in China give you the opportunity to earn an internationally recognized TESOL certificate while studying in the world’s largest and most vibrant nation. With centers located in Beijing, Shanghai and Zhuhai, we offer a great choice of study locations and access to local job markets. Our quality course materials, excellent resources and dedicated trainers will ensure that you are as prepared as you can be for your first job teaching English as a foreign language.
Teach English in Shanghai, China Dates: Course available each month all year-round
Cost: Deposit: US$600. Balance: US$1090.

Teach English and Travel China
We offer three unique Teach English programs in China. Choose from our TEFL Certification and Paid Teaching Program, Professional Teaching Program and Paid English Teaching, Training and Travel Program in Yunnan Province. Whether you want to earn TEFL certification, earn a high-paying monthly salary or travel extensively throughout your time in China, we’ve got the right program for you! Placements, which last from 4.5 months to a full year, are located throughout China and include a monthly stipend and room and board.
Teach English and Travel China Dates: Programs start in July, August, September and November.
Cost: $695 and up
Contact: InterExchange Working Abroad, 161 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10013.
Tel.: 212-924-0446; toll-free: 1-800-597-3675.

Teaching English in China Teaching English in China with Geovisions Paid Teacher in China
This is a full time teaching position with a full salary and benefits. Depending on your experience and educational background, you can earn approx. US $1000-$2575 per month.
Host institutions provide assistance in finding comfortable accommodations. In some cases housing is provided or a stipend to cover living expenses.
China is an amazing place to teach English and to explore a culture that is really just opening its doors to the world! Getting paid to teach English in China is a rewarding experience that requires patience and open mindedness.
Depending on the school you may be given free accommodation and a flight allowance. You will receive full orientation and training before you start teaching.

Dates: We can accept applicants year round but schools are on holiday from January to February and July to August. Plan for those "off" months when you're planning your year in China.
Cost: $1,519
Contact: GeoVisions, 63 Whitfield St. Guilford, CT 06437.
Tel.: 203-453-5838. Toll free 1-877-949-9998.


Teach English Abroad in China with LanguageCorps 
LanguageCorps TeachChina program provides a comprehensive blend of training and orientation, guaranteed job placement, and services to support you while you Teach English in China, helping to ensure that you have a secure, rewarding adventure.

The TeachChina Program begins with an intensive TESOL training and Certification phase in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. At the end of the four-week certification phase you will travel to your destination city to begin your guaranteed paid position teaching English in China.

Teaching English with LanguageCorps in China Dates: Several times a month, year round.
Contact: LanguageCorps, 53 Whispering Way, Stow MA, 01775
Tel.: 978 562 2100

Rewarding Teaching and Career Opportunities Available with Aston English in China  
Aston English is the flagship division of The Aston Educational Group.
We have developed our own curriculum and syllabus. Our focus is on speaking and listening to English with teachers having full support with regard to textbooks. They are given a teacher’s guide and textbooks for each level that they are responsible for teaching.
Along with our students, the teachers are our priority. We have spent much time and resources on teacher development and foreign teacher support.
We understand the dynamics of working within a multicultural environment and do our best to make your experience in China enjoyable and extraordinary.
Teaching English in China Dates: Start Date 1st September 2014. 6 or 12 month contracts available.
Contact: Aston English. Gavin Parker, 435 Minzheng Street Shahekou District, Dalian, China.
Tel.: 8613940876392

Amity Foundation
Christian organization which places native speaker teachers in schools and colleges. The Teachers Program is a project through which people from around the world are recruited and sponsored by church agencies working in partnership with Amity and sent to China to teach English, Japanese, or German. A typical Amity placement is in a college which prepares future middle school teachers, usually in a small or medium-sized city. In these schools, Amity teachers most often teach oral skills courses and/or writing, although there is variation from school to school.


Teach in China

API specializes in coordinating programs for participants to teach in China. This will alleviate the troubles and stress of getting everything organized in a new country, so you will have more time and energy to enjoy your experience abroad. Your time abroad will still be an independent and memorable one, but we are here to guide you to a safe, healthy and comfortable experience before and during your adventure, and provide professional development and networking support after your program.

Teach programs include placement, monthly stipend, pre-arranged housing, flight allowance, orientation, social and cultural events, visa and arrival assistance, and health insurance. Popular placements have been in major cities such as: Anhui, Chongqing, Fujian, Gansu, Guizhou, Hebei, Hunan, Inner Mongolia, Jiangsu, Shaanxi, Shandong, Sichuan, and Zhejiang, and vary from 3, 6, or 12+ months in length. Most programs require that participants are 21+, and graduated from college 2 or more years ago.

Contact: API, 300 Camp Craft Way Ste 100, Austin, TX 78746 USA; tel. 512-600-8900;;

Appalachians Abroad
Participants teach English at K-12 and higher education institutions in Shanghai or Beijing, but placements in other areas also available. Minimum requirements are a bachelor’s degree. Job placement, work permit, international airfare, housing, health insurance, domestic travel stipend, and paid vacation provided. Salary varies depending on qualifications.


Buckland International Education Group
English Teaching Program in China
Recruits native speakers of English to offer conversation teaching for 3-12 months in different areas of China.


Teach Abroad in China
CIEE Teach in China places individuals just like you in paid semester or year English teaching jobs in elementary, middle, high school, or university level positions in urban or town locations in eastern China. Program benefits include a paid teaching, in-country orientation, rent-free accommodations for the duration of the teaching contract, airfare reimbursement for year-long participants, travel and medical insurance, and CIEE pre-departure and emergency support. Optional pre-departure TEFL certification is available.


Colorado China Council
Teach English, history, economics, etc. for 1 year in Chinese universities. Minimum BA. All majors considered, Chinese language not necessary. Placements in February and September. Chinese schools provide salary (good by Chinese standards), free housing, medical care, paid 3-4 week vacation. Fabulous opportunity to teach, travel, and learn Chinese. Professionals encouraged to apply, as well as couples.

Contact: 4556 Apple Way, Boulder, CO 80301; 303-443-1108;

The program begins with three-week intensive courses in Beijing, in Chinese language (4 levels; the beginning course requires no prior study of Chinese) and in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (with supervised practice classroom teaching), taught by American faculty at Beijing University, China’s premier liberal arts university. Housing at Beijing University is included, as are tours of the Great Wall and in Beijing, and first-class train ticket for group travel from Beijing to Shenzhen. The training in Beijing is specifically geared to equip you with the skills to be a successful teacher in Shenzhen. Your will teach English speaking and listening, 12 hours per week, Monday through Friday (15 classes, 45-minutes each), in a Shenzhen junior/senior high school where you will be a faculty member.


EF English First
Teach in China: Year-round Start Dates in Over 50 Cities
EF is looking to recruit qualified native English teachers with at least one year classroom experience to teach English to adults, teenagers or children in over 50 cities in China. We offer an excellent package for teachers with at least 1 year experience and from native English speaking country (great salary, legal working visa, health insurance, flight allowance, accommodation assistance, training, professional development, up to 3 weeks vacation, Chinese lessons, and many more) and there are always opportunities for development and promotion. Many EF teachers are promoted within EF to new roles, such as Operations Managers, Recruiters, and Product Development Managers. 


Paid internship programs for college graduates, usually teaching English, for one or two years in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam. Teachers may be responsible for transportation. Salary very much country-dependent; housing and health insurance arranged. Must interview and have orientation in Princeton.


Shane English School China
Shane English operates 24 schools for teaching English across China. The vast majority of the students range in ages from 3 to 16. Teachers work 20-25 hours a week with a well-developed curriculum and support.


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