Teaching abroad can be a life-changing experience, and when it’s English it can be more exciting!
If you have plans to teach in a foreign land, China can be your country. With the increasing population and a huge focus on English in schools, the demand for English teachers is skyrocketing in their educational gamut.
Although the educational requirements and teaching experience are almost similar as in any other Asian Country, teaching in China can be a bit challenging for first-timers.
However, with a myriad of different locations and schools, it can be perfect for someone looking for teaching jobs. If you are planning to move to the country to make the students learn English, keep in mind these things that would help you:
Fulfill all Teaching Requirements
Checkmark the boxes that fulfill all English teaching requirements. China’s teaching requirements are as follows:
- The person should be a recent graduate if he/she is looking for his first job
- Non-degree holders can also teach English in China
- Experienced teachers who want to move to other location
- Professional’s who want to move to another field
- Newly qualified teachers or the one who is TEFL holder who wants experience in the job
- Non-native English speakers who have good English skills
- High-school pass-outs who are looking for a Gap Year experience
While teaching in China can be a good opportunity, it is very important to look for which position you are applying.
Ideally, China offers you to work in two different positions:
- Full-Time Teaching Position:
People who have a good experience in the field or who are professionals in the English language can apply for this position and can teach English in China. Also, make sure to check where you are looking for the job because cities like Shanghai and Beijing have stringent laws.
Although working full time as an English teacher in China is difficult, if you want to apply, you would need:
- Two years of experience in any field
- A bachelor’s degree in any subject
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certification
- Age limit between 24-55 years
- The person should be native English speaker
Furthermore, most full-time teachers in China usually get:
- 6000 to 15000 RMB per month (it may vary as per location)
- Completion bonus
- Airfare compensation
- Housing allowance
- Daily meal or meal allowance on working days
If you are getting perplexed about whether the teaching job is for you or not, enroll yourself in a teaching internship and taste the experience of teaching in abroad. The internships teaching courses don’t require any degree or teaching experience. Plus, you don’t have to be a native English speaker as well. All you need is a TEFL certification.
TEFL is a Teaching English as a Foreign Language is refer to the certification of teaching that non-native English speakers will get when they hands-on the language. TEFL will feature:
- 100 hours of coursework
- Teaching under the guidance of TEFL instructor to give you on-job experience
- ESL teaching in a real-classroom environment
All teaching internships need six-month commitment and give benefits like:
- Meal on work days
- Completion bonus
- Living allowance
Why Teaching In China Is A Bonus?
The opportunity to work and live in China is quite a big opportunity for a lifetime. Also, food, travel and living in the country are cheap. You will get value, respect and you will get an honored place in the Chinese society.
One thing that comes as a hurdle for working in China is their work visa, which you will only get if you are a holder of bachelor’s degree. Also look for the applying credentials, when applying in the cities like Beijing and Shanghai as they have a stringent rule about their education. However, cities like Hangzhou, Xi’an, Chengdu, and Nanjing offer easy teaching jobs.
Where You Can Apply
Teaching jobs in China are available for the following schools:
- Public schools:
They are government-run schools and offer fairly good education curriculum.
- Private Schools:
These schools depend on the funding they get. They take high-tuition fee and offer impressive facilities.
- Training centers:
These centers offer English learning for the students of all ages. You can join them to learn English on weekends
- International schools:
They usually enroll non-Chinese students who are living in China and have good hiring requirements.
Although teaching in China at first is a bit troublesome, once you get to know things, you would love