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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.

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 to children in China A Practical Guide to Finding an English Teaching Job in China by Dominic Woodman
A clear and realistic guide detailing the steps involved in finding the major types of jobs teaching English in China, the processes involved, including a discussion of the what is needed to obtain a visa.
Street life in Beijing How to Choose Your First Job Teaching English in China by Dr. Gregory Mavrides
An expert view and very practical advice for those who seek to teach English in China for the first time.
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.
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Where and in which schools should you teach English in China? Inside tips on options for the type of job to take and to whom you should talk.
Bridge in China Teaching English in China: Teachers Soon Become Students by Smitha Murthy
Practical advice for finding a job teaching English in China including warnings about possible pitfalls based upon actual work experience.
Walking street in China Teaching English in China: No Shortage of Jobs by Guy Bojesen-Trepka
An overview of the types of jobs, pay, and what you need to know about teaching.
A Primer for Prospective Teachers of English in China: A Diverse Market Awaits by Andrew Norman
Teaching English in China: How to Prepare, What to Expect by Valerie Sartor
Do You Really Need a Degree and Work Visa to Teach English in China? 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
Teaching and Living in China: The Hidden and Unhidden Truths by Smitha Murthy
Jobs Teaching in China are Abundant by Adam Worcester
China’s High Demand for English Teachers by Lydia Smith
Teaching English in Shanghai, China: Plentiful Jobs, Fascinating Place by Kristin Glavitsch
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Teach in Southern China by Rensina van den Heuvel
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Teaching English in Hong Kong
Top Jobs
See a daily selection of the Top Jobs Teaching English in China

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.

Choose from 300 locations across 60 cities in China. Full Salary — Free Flights
Join our community of over 2,000 diverse, inspiring teachers all across China. Your skills are needed to help grow and shape EF English First for current / future generations of students to learn, grow and enjoy. Teach adults, kids or online at one of our 300+ schools. 

Programs highlights: Upfront paid flights available; full benefit package (including health insurance); full support from application to arrival; sponsored accreditations; multiple career tracks (in education and beyond); small class sizes; job-rotation program; weekly sponsored social events; free Chinese lessons

Apply and speak with one of our recruiters today.
Teaching in China Dates: Now Interviewing
Cost: We pay you. Full salary package included.
Contact: EF English First, China, 1F Jiu An Plaza, 258 Tongren Road, Shanghai, 200040.
Tel.: +86 (21) 6039 5868.

Teaching in China
Teach English in China with Footprints — a free job placement agency with lots of experience in the region. We have been working in Asia since 2001 and 95% of our teachers would recommend us to a friend. Let us connect you with reputable schools and good opportunities and steer you through the process of moving abroad. You can be teaching English in China in a few short weeks, so go ahead and fill out our easy online application today.
Teaching in China with Footprints Dates: New jobs come up all the time — please visit our site to apply now

Teach English in China with API Abroad
A transformative professional experience that will help you stand out in the future. Teach English to primary and secondary students across the country. Consider this opportunity to learn, develop and grow, while gaining an understanding of the cultural parallels and novelties nurtured by Western and Eastern countries. Earn a monthly salary, while accommodation, meals and completion bonus are included.

TEFL Certificate required to participate in this program

Dates: February/March-June/July AND/OR August/September-January.
Claire Hero, Assistant Director of Teach, Work, and Volunteer Academic Programs International (API), 301 Camp Craft Road, Suite 100; Austin, TX 78746-650.

Teaching in China with API

Latest & Greatest ESL Jobs in China
High paying teaching positions at professional schools across China, based on your preferences for location, student age and school type. With over a decade of experience, we offer a free service connecting you with hand-picked private and public schools with cutting edge teaching resources and a friendly, supportive team.

We also offer fully accredited TEFL courses for people looking to get certified to teach abroad.
Teaching children in China Dates: Positions available all year — visit our website for current openings.
Free. You are paid a generous salary with benefits.
Jessica — Senior Recruitment Consultant at Gold Star TEFL Recruitment.
Teaching children with Gold Star TEFL Recruitment

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Train to Teach English in China with TEFLCourse
Teach in China with EF English First
China Teaching Jobs with Goldstar Recruitment
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