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English Teaching Job in China
English teaching job could be called as the most popular teaching job for expats in China. The popularity and huge hiring need for foreign/native English teachers in China comes from China‘s great emphasis on English education. In order to boost China’s economic and cultural development, Chinese government places value on English education to cultivate bilingual talents to meet the globalization trend. Moreover, Chinese people also believe owning English language skill can benefit their personal advancement. In result, English education is popular in everywhere in China, which creases a great need for foreign English teachers especially the native English teachers.
The Requirements of Being an English Teacher in China
In the past, China did not have strict regulations on foreign English teachers in education industry, which makes many irresponsible hiring parties make use of this legal loophole to hire foreign teachers without strictly checking their teaching level and personal quality. In order to change this situation, China government has enforced tighter rules on foreign English teachers as the new requirements for foreign English teachers as follow,
1、Native Speaker (US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and South Africa)
3、2 Years of Working Experience
5、Clean Criminal Background Check
7、Age limit: Under 55 (women) or 60 (men) years old (this is as same as the Chinese retirement age)
Note: Although non-native speakers cannot be English teachers in first-tier cities in China, some schools of small cities as well as language institutes still will hire non-native speakers who hold teaching certificate / have education experience as English teachers.
Teaching Jobs in Schools and Training Centers
English teaching job opportunities can be found in kindergartens, public schools, international schools, universities and language training centers and so on. Normally, if you work in kindergartens/public schools/ international schools/universities, your working time will be on normal working days from Monday to Friday, enjoying weekend, national holidays, summer break and winter break. While you will face the large class size ranges from 30-60 students, the class size of kindergarten commonly will limit in 10-20 kids. If you are work in language center, things may be different. The working time of language center may be longer and will be arranged on the night of working days, weekend; while the class size is small with a number of 5-10 kids/teenagers/adults.
Online English Teachers
Online English Teacher job is also available for expats in China. This kind of job means you do not have to go to classroom to teach students in person. Stable and strong internet connections are needed for this job that can make sure your on-time attendance of teaching class. And this online class will be in really small size with 1-10 students and the class time will last 30 minutes-45 minutes. You need to follow the guide of textbook /teaching materials to prepare your class and teach students key learning points. Last online English teacher also need to post class homework and give feedback to students about their studies.
Last in a word, China can provide many good English teaching jobs for you if you are qualified and brave to take on this challenge.