Teaching English in China

With a population of over one billion, a territory spanning nearly 4 million square miles (10 million square km) and a history lasting over 5,000 years, China is less like a country and more like its own world.

Overview of English Teaching Jobs in China

Typical English Students
  • K-12
  • University
  • Adults
Best Time to Get Hired September – January
Typical Start Dates March & September
Average Contract Length 5-12month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules Full-time and part-time schedules available
Average Salary $1500 – $2000 USD per month
Average Cost of Living $900 – $1300 USD per month depending on lifestyle
Typical Teaching Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • TEFL certification (see recommended courses below)
  • Native speaker or fluent in English
Typical Benefits for Teachers
  • Housing reimbursement
  • Visa assistance
  • Mandarin language lessons
  • In-country orientation
  • Travel stipend for off-site classes
  • Reimbursement of Emergency Travel Insurance
  • Reimbursement of airport pick up

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Demand for English Teachers

With more people learning English than the entire population of the U.S., TEFL teachers are in incredibly high demand in China. The country´s increasingly globalized economy and rapidly expanding tourism industries require that most Chinese have a good command of the English language. And in a heavily foreign business environment, students need English skills in order to become competitive and successful in their future careers.

Typical English Students / Popular Teaching Destinations

TEFL teachers in China can enjoy great benefits such as free housing, excellent pay and reimbursed airfare with most placements. In addition, many employers offer free Mandarin lessons to help English teachers more comfortably navigate daily life. China’s low cost of living will also enable you to immerse yourself in the culture and unique beauty of this vast country—and perhaps even walk away with a decent savings!


China Overview

China is the gigantic landmass that dominates southeastern Asia. As the fourth biggest country in the world, it has the globe’s largest population and most spoken language-Mandarin Chinese. China has had a long and powerful history, and the country is rising quickly into modern times. The Chinese consider their ancient traditions a normal part of modern life, a combination with creates an intriguing atmosphere of old and new. China’s larger cities have embraced Western culture, and visitors can expect to see historical sites and famous fashion districts in the same day. Further inland, however, traditional customs prevail and local communities remain many steps behind Western modernization, often by choice.

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Topics covered in the China guide are:

    Country description
  • Culture
  • Language
  • Things to do and see
  • Teaching overview
  • Demand for teachers
  • Major TEFL cities
  • Typical students
  • Peak hiring season
  • Hiring process
  • Typical contract length
    Cost of living
  • Currency
  • Sample cost guide
  • Job tips
  • How to find jobs
  • Interview advice
  • Hiring process
  • Work visa process
  • Recommended TEFL certification to qualify for jobs

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