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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 emerging to teach 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 teaching opportunities are opening up in China and are being advertised abroad especially via the Internet.

...Requirements for teaching jobs 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 in-depth first-hand accounts by English teachers in China.

Featured Articles on Teaching English in China
Teaching English China location Teach English in China: Work and Live in a Great Location
Nick and Dariece provide a guide to help you find the right location in China for you, be it big city or smaller town, to teach English and live.
Teaching English children in China A Practical Guide to Finding an English Teaching Job in China
Dominic Woodman describes clearly and realistically the steps involved in finding the major types of jobs teaching English in China, the processes involved, including a discussion of the what is need to obtain a visa.
Teaching English kindergarden in China Teaching English and Living in Yangzhou, China
Nick and Dariece spent a memorable year of complete immersion teaching English in China 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.
Teach in China How to Choose Your First Job Teaching English in China
Dr. Gregory Mavrides offers both his expert and very practical advice for those who seek to teach in China for the first time.
Do You Really Need a Degree and Work Visa to Teach English? by Gregory Mavrides, PhD
How to Find the Perfect Job Teaching English in China by Charlotte Turner
English Teaching in China: Choose Between a State-Run and a Private School by Charlotte Turner
Choose the Right School in China by Eve Bergazyn
Teaching English in China: Teachers Soon Become Students by Smitha Murthy
Teaching and Living in China: The Hidden and Unhidden Truths by Smitha Murthy
Jobs Abound with Minimal Requirements by Adam Worcester
Teach in China: No Experience Needed, No Shortage of Jobs by Guy Bojesen-Trepka
Teach in China: 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
Teaching English in Hong Kong
 
Top Jobs Teaching English 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.
Website: www.teflcourse.net
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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, 100 Wall Street, Suite 301, New York, NY 10005.
Tel.: 212-924-0446; toll-free: 1-800-597-3675.
Email: workabroad@interexchange.org
Website: www.InterExchange.org/workingabroad
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Teaching English in China 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.
Email: programs@geovisions.org
Website: geovisions.org

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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.

Dates: Several times a month, year round.
Cost:
$2,495
Contact: LanguageCorps, 53 Whispering Way, Stow MA, 01775
Tel.: 978 562 2100
Email: info@languagecorps.com
Website: www.languagecorps.com
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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.
Teach 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
Email: gparker@astonschool.com
Website: www.astonrecruiting.com
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English Language Teacher in China, TEFL (Foreign Trainer)
Set out on the journey of a lifetime while enriching children’s lives with Disney English. Disney English has grown across China since opening in 2008, by shaping children’s love for learning with Disney’s innovative, award-winning curriculum. Join this dynamic team that provides and engages children the way children learn – through stories, songs, characters and above all - fun!

We’re looking for passionate, out-going, native-like speaking English Language Teachers (Foreign Trainers). In this unique opportunity you will discover a new culture, inspire children to learn a new language while growing and developing your own skills in ways you never dreamed.
 
Become part of the Disney legacy… your journey awaits.
Company: The Walt Disney Company
Website: English Language Teacher in China, TEFL (Foreign Trainer)
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Amity Foundation
Teaching in China Program
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.

Contact: www.amityfoundation.org

API
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; api-teach@apiabroad.com; apiabroad.com.

Appalachians Abroad
Teach English in China
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.

Contact: www.marshall.edu/gochina

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.

Contact: buckland@china.com, www.bucklandgroup.org

CIEE
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.

Contact: teach@ciee.org, www.ciee.org/teach/china

Colorado China Council
Teach in China at Chinese Universities
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; www.asiacouncil.org

CTLC
English Teaching Program in Shenzhen, China
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.

Contact: china.program@gmail.com, www.chinaprogram.org

Culture Embrace by API
Teach in China Program

Teach the English language to students and professionals in private academies, public elementary, secondary schools, and universities. Teaching will average of 20-25 hours per week in locations throughout the country, allowing time to travel and explore.

Visit: www.culturalembracebyapi.com/teach_in_china.html

EF English First
Teach in China: Year-round Start Dates in Over 60 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 60 cities and 100 schools 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. 

Visit: www.englishfirst.com

FootPrints Recruiting
Jobs Teaching English in China

Teaching jobs are available in big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai and smaller towns throughout China via this agency.

Visit: www.footprintsrecruiting.com/teaching-jobs-abroad/country/china

Greenheart Travel
Teach English in China

Greenheart Travel offers a paid teaching place with a language school in China, with placements in Beijing, Xi'an, and Shenzhen. There is flight reimbursement, housing allowance, a 1-year contract, with start dates year round. Separate homestay and volunteer programs teaching in China are offered as well.

Visit: greenhearttravel.org/program/adult/teach/teach-in-china

Princeton-in-Asia
Paid Internship Programs Teaching English in China
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.

Contact: pia@princeton.edu, piaweb.princeton.edu

Reach To Teach Recruiting
Teaching Adventures Abroad — Matching Great Teachers with Great Schools
Teach English in China

Reach To Teach works with dozens of great schools throughout China. We carefully screen all of our schools to ensure that our teachers are going to be treated well and have an incredible experience abroad. Our teachers enjoy our ongoing support from when they first apply right up until contract completion. Apply today and find out why Reach To Teach comes highly recommended by ESL teachers around the world.

Contact: 1606 80th Avenue, Algona, Banciao, Io 50511 Taiwan; tel. 201-467-4612; info@reachtoteachrecruiting.com; reachtoteachrecruiting.com.

Shane English School
Teaching Schools in 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.

Contact: recruitment@shane.com​.cn, www.teachinginchina.com.cn

WorldTeach
Volunteer Teaching in China

WorldTeach offers opportunities for volunteers to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and teaching in developing countries. All programs include: full-time in-country coordinator; intensive in-country orientation including language and TESOL training; room and board with host families/apartments. Requires: native level of English fluency; BA or equivalent for year-long programs. Fee covers program costs, including health insurance, airfare, housing, teaching placement, and in-country support. WorldTeach China gives volunteers the opportunity to teach English abroad to middle and high schools around Hunan province. Volunteers gain valuable TESOL/TEFL job experience and form lasting bonds of friendship.

Visit: www.worldteach.org

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