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
Best Time to Get Hired
September – January
Typical Start Dates
March & September
Average Contract Length
Typical Teaching Schedules
Full-time and part-time schedules available
$1500 – $2000 USD per month
Average Cost of Living
$900 – $1300 USD per month depending on lifestyle
Typical Teaching Requirements
TEFL certification (see recommended courses below)
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 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.
Recommended TEFL Courses
To qualify for most jobs teaching English in China, the minimum requirement is a 120-Hour TEFL certification course. You’ll find that online and classroom-based courses are accepted.