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"The Chinese nation is huge and hungry for the English language. For over three 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.

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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 two unique Teach English programs in China. Choose from our Teach Intern & TEFL Training China Program or our Teach and Travel Year China 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: See website
Cost: $1,995 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.

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: 10 - 12 months. 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: $1,649
Contact: GeoVisions, 63 Whitfield St. Guilford, CT 06437.
Tel.: 203-453-5838. Toll free 1-877-949-9998.


Teach English in China!
Good Teachers Union is looking for Entry Level Teachers to join their schools in China. These schools have centers in many cities including Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Hefei, Xiamen, Changzhou, Anshan, Shenyang, and Chongqing.

The Role of Entry Level Teacher: Thirty to 40 hour work week depending on school and location. Some schools require work on Saturday and Sunday making your "weekend" Monday and Tuesday. Children's ages range from three to 12 years old. There are fewer than 20 students in a classroom.

Salary between USD1,500 and USD2,500 per month. After one-year contract, USD1,300 flight ticket bonus offered.
Good Teachers Union in China Dates: ASAP
Contact: Good Teachers Union, Beijing Inn, Building 4C, Office 301, Chaoyangmen, Beijing 100010, China
Tel.: +86 010 5864 3193

ESL Teaching Positions with Great Benefits in China
Our school is a professional English training center in China. The school HQ is located in Beijing. We have more than 80 branches in different cities throughout China. We need to hire many English teachers who are 20-35 years old and are native English speakers. No experience required. BA degree is preferred. If a teacher has BA degree, we can provide a free ticket to China, a TEFL certificate, and working visa.
Children learning English with Flourish Dates: We hope you can start as soon as possible.
Cost: No application fees.
Contact: Carina Gao, Flourish International Culture. Our school HQ is in Beijing. We have 80 branches in different cities across China.
Tel.: +86182-1022-1484

Amity Foundation
Teach English Program
Christian organization that 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.


Get Paid to Teach and Tutor English in China
Want to spend a fun, exciting, and rewarding month this summer abroad? API offers an exciting and affordable opportunity for native English speakers to live, work, and travel in this fascinating country. Teach and tutor English language skills to students in private language academies, and public schools in Beijing, Chongqing, Yantai, and Dalian. You will teach English and lead camp activities for an average of 25-30 hours per week.


Appalachians Abroad
Work 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.


Teach English in China
CIEE Teach Abroad 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 at Chinese Universities in China
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;

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.


EF English First
Jobs Teaching English in China
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. 


Greenheart Travel
Get Paid to Teach at Language Schools 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: or send for more information via

New Life ESL
Teach English in China
New Life ESL is the only American expat ran recruiting agency in China. For teachers, by teachers, we change lives on a daily basis and absolutely love what we do!
Being expats in China ourselves, we've all been in your shoes. The job search, getting a Visa, packing a suitcase, everything. We want to help you. We want to make this easier for you. Because while we help you with all of the more mundane elements, you'll be able to focus on the fun stuff. Like teaching and studying Mandarin!


Paid Internship Programs Teaching 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.


Reach To Teach Recruiting
Teaching Adventures Abroad — Matching Great Teachers with Great Schools 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;;

Shane English School
Teaching English 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.


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