Teach English in China
Reach To Teach accepts applications for teaching positions in China throughout the year.
If you want to immerse yourself in Chinese culture and learn Mandarin Chinese, teaching English in China is the perfect opportunity for you. Reach To Teach currently works with many reputable schools offering ESL jobs teaching English in China.
Your salary as an English teacher in China will be enough to live a comfortable lifestyle and save for trips around China and to other countries in Asia!
Travel abroad is a unique and special experience. Truly living that experience is even more rare. There is no better time to teach and live in Asia. As China continues to open itself to the outside world, a case can be made the uniqueness of the experience may quickly be fading!
Reach To Teach Offers a Diverse Number of Teaching Opportunities in China
We have only begun to discuss the many diverse and varied experiences waiting for you in the People’s Republic of China. You will find both challenges and rewards in learning to speak Chinese, developing friendships with locals and striving to understand the Chinese perspective on world issues and politics.
Development is occurring at a staggering rate throughout China. At the same time, evidence of the oldest and most diverse culture in the world can still be found all around you.
Imagine standing in front of an ancient temple in Beijing, just after using the modern subway to get there… or eating a delicious dumpling from an old market stand in Shanghai right next to their brand new sports stadium or even hiking up the Great Wall with your Starbucks coffee in hand! However you decide to spend your time while teaching English in China, you are bound to have a new and exciting experience every day!
These schools offer an after-school and weekend curriculum for students between 3 and 17 years of age. You can also find private language schools that cater to adult learners. Your schedule will include full days on Saturday and Sunday, but you’ll have two consecutive days off during the regular work week. These positions are perfect for new teachers that are looking to gain experience or teachers who don’t want to spend more than a year in China.
Requirements to Teach in China
We work with a great number of reputable private schools in China, however, our teachers must meet the following requirements laid out by the Chinese State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs. There are different procedures for various nationalities and for different locations around China.
Teachers must meet the following requirements to teach in China:
- A Bachelor’s degree
- Two years of post graduate work experience
- A TEFL certification (120+ hours). Some schools will still accept a 100-hour certificate, but 1st-tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai require at least 120-hours of TEFL training.
First-tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai are now leaning strongly towards classroom based TEFL certifications or combined TEFL certificates that include online and classroom hours. If you are unsure about a TEFL course, go with a TEFL provider that will provide you with a certificate that does not have ‘online’ stamped across the front of it.
M. Ramsey - 2014 - An American Teacher in Quanzhou, China
None of this would have been possible without the amazing support and dedication that you and Reach to Teach gave me, for that I am beyond appreciative! The reviews and reputation that Reach to Teach has absolutely were 100 percent correct, you really do care about finding the best possible position for every individual. Thank you again for all of your help! - M. Ramsey
After you’ve aced your interview and been offered a position at a school of your choosing, you will move through the following steps to obtain the proper paperwork to teach legally in China.
While you are in your home country, you’ll need:
- A valid passport with at least 12 months on it from the date of expiration
- A formal letter of invite from your school, otherwise known as a Foreign Expert Invitation (Note that this documentation is not provided by your school. They have to apply for your ID, and they have no control over how quickly your paperwork is processed. Some bureaus process paperwork quickly while others don’t. The waiting period is typically two to six weeks.
- A Foreign Expert ID (Your school will send this to you by post.)
- YOU visit the nearest Chinese Consulate in your area to apply for a Z visa (work visa) – Don’t forget to bring your letter of invite!
- A Z visa (Employment visa)
- You may need to do a health check in your home country, depending on where you are teaching. Your school will advise you of this in advance.
Once you are in China:
- You’ll need to do a full health check
- You’ll register with the local police station so they know where you’re living. Your school will help you do this.
- Your school will help you get your Residence Permit
From the moment you land in China, your host school will begin helping you adjust to life in your new home. The benefits of an ESL job teaching English in China will include the following:
- A monthly salary of between RMB 6,500-22,000
- Airport pickup
- Free housing at most schools
- Work Visa (working visa to legally teach English in China)
- Health insurance coverage
- Many of our schools provide a housing allowance and/or flight stipend
- Contract completion bonus
Salaries are typically related to the cost of living in your preferred location in China.
First-tier Cities in China
Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen are first-tier cities. They are known as the big four. The cost of living in these cities is much higher than in other cities in China.
Second-tier Cities in China
Second-tier cities include capital cities of each province or coastal cities like Beihai, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Fuzhou, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Huhhot, Jinan, Kunming, Lanzhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Ningbo, Qingdao, Sanya, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Suzhou, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xiamen, Xi’an, Yinchuan, and Zhengzhou.
Third-tier Cities in China
Third-tier cities are usually medium-sized cities of each province. Note that third-tier cities still have millions of people living in them.
Where Can I Teach in China?
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Deciding where to teach English in China can be a difficult and stressful decision.
There are a myriad of ESL teaching jobs available in China and they don’t always appear to be of the most reputable variety! That’s where Reach To Teach comes in. We carefully screen any school we work with.
As you experience our interview and screening process, you will find we are very careful in accepting teachers to the Reach To Teach program. If you are one of the few we accept, you can be sure we apply the same strict standards to the school locations and ESL teaching jobs we discuss with you!
Expand Your Horizons – English Teaching Jobs at Reputable Schools
If you have decided to move forward in applying for an ESL job teaching English in China, congratulations! You have taken a unique step forward in making the decision to expand your horizons and challenge yourself. Your travels will soon lead you to discover many people who share your passion for exploration, travel and for broadening your horizons.
While you are teaching in China you will find yourself making lasting connections with locals and other expats from around the world. Chinese people often go out of their way to make teachers feel comfortable in their new surroundings (you may feel your hosts help too much at times!).
You will also have fellow westerners as your co-teachers. Your best friend may be from England, Canada, US, South Africa, New Zealand or Australia. It’s all part of the experience!
Typical Job Duties of an English Teacher in China
As you teach English in China, your ESL job duties will include the following:
- 18-25 in class teaching hours per week
- 10-15 office hours per week. This will primarily be spent in the preparation of lesson plans
- Teacher training is also provided and your school will have materials for use during ESL lesson preparation
At first glance, teaching English in China may not seem like a particularly demanding job. However, being in front of a classroom full of children can be a real challenge. It takes careful preparation and real caring for your students. Teaching English to young students is an important responsibility. On a day-to-day basis a teacher’s job includes preparing proper lesson plans. An active and interesting classroom atmosphere is always encouraged! In addition to time spent in the classroom you will administer tests, grade papers and participate in school meetings with your Chinese co-teachers.
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At Reach To Teach, we support you throughout your year (or more!) teaching ESL. China is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding countries in which to teach English in Asia.
We will always do our best to assist you in any way possible during your experience teaching English abroad in China!
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