The most populous country and second largest economy in the world has plenty to offer for your TESOL career. Common teacher placements are at: cram schools that offer test preparation programs for public school students; small private language schools; and large international chains such as Disney English, Wall Street Institute, Aston English, Longman Schools, and English First (EF).
It is recommended that new teachers start at one of the major international chains because they are well-established organizations that pay well, pay on time, provide the work permit before the teacher arrives in China, and generally provide benefits such as accommodation and travel allowances. You can apply directly or via a recruitment agency.
Many cram schools and small ESL schools are excellent organizations, but teachers should visit these schools in person before signing any contract.
1- Internships: Just run away from TEFL internship programs! They charge a placement fee of $1000+ and these jobs pay about $300/month.
2- Cram Schools: Try to avoid these types of jobs too. You will earn about 4,000 RMB per month (About $650). These jobs are easy to get, but you will be placed in programs with 50+ students.
3- RECOMMENDED! International Programs: These jobs start at 12,000 RMB per month plus benefits that include airfare allowance, cash bonuses, health care, Chinese language lessons and more. Experienced teachers with advanced TESOL certification earn up to 20,000 RMB per month.
- 120-hour TESOL / TEFL/ TESL certificate
- University degree
TESOL Jobs and Traveling in China!
One of the amazing things about China is that it has thousands of TESOL jobs readily available in different regions. If you are teaching English in a large modern city like Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou, don’t forget to visit the astonishing natural wonders and historical sites of the Guilin, Sichuan, Fujian, or Chengdu provinces!