Teach English in China
Deciding to teach English in China is something we have never once regretted. But we understand it is a big decision to make. On this page you will find a number of helpful stories about our experiences: why we decided to teach English abroad, why China, and information about the schools that we teach at.
Feel free to contact us or leave a comment if you have questions!
Jobs teaching English in China can vary widely. Really, your experience depends on a number of factors such as:
- Who you want to teach (kids, teenagers, or adults)
- Where you want to teach (Local schools, private / international schools, after school / work English training schools, private tutoring, corporate English consulting / training)
- Where you want to live (Major cities like Beijing or Shanghai, other smaller cities like Kunming or Chengdu, or the countryside)
The two of us chose to work at after-school / work English training schools. So we work primarily on the evenings and weekends, with our off-days on Mondays and Tuesdays (which we like because it’s less crowded to go out and about around town).
English Teaching Stories from the Blog
Accomplishing any goal you set for yourself feels good. But it's especially satisfying when it's a crazy and unconventional goal, like "hey let's quit our great jobs in the States to live and teach English in China!" Now as we say goodbye to China, we realize that...
* All the information contained in this post about teaching English in China at First Leap is 100% my opinion. This is NOT a sponsored post, and no money was exchanged as an incentive to write this post. Feel free to ask me any questions - I'm happy to share photos...
After several months of traveling around Hawaii, Thailand, and a surprise visit to New Zealand; we found ourselves in Chiang Mai, Thailand ready to search out a job teaching English in China. There are many ways to find a job teaching English in China, luckily most...
The need for native English speaking teachers in China is enormous. As mentioned in our previous post about Why Teach English in China, teaching English is a huge industry. So naturally, there are a number of recruiting agencies and methods for you to find work as...
Some people probably think we are crazy, but we know that we aren't the only ones who have done this. Liz and I have always loved traveling and exploring together. While on vacation, we would actually start planning and counting down to the next adventure. Sound...
By now, most of us have heard of people traveling and teaching abroad. But in recent years, we had heard a lot about traveling to China to teach English. The more that we looked into it, the more we found reasons why to teach English in China was a great idea -- for...
Finding a legitimate TEFL course online can be tough, as we found out during our research. Some TEFL Thailand courses are a bit of a joke, with no real content and the certificates aren't worth the paper they are printed on. Others ask for all the money up front, and...
Interested in Teaching English in China?
To give you an idea of what to expect, below are the applicant guidelines and job description for First Leap, the school that Josh works at.
First Leap Applicant Guidelines & Job Description:
- Prepare and administer English lesson for students
- Create lesson plans according to school and class curriculum.
- Be responsible and knowledgeable, which includes developing student listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills
- Maximum 14 students in one class plus Chinese English Teacher Assistant
- Student Age Range from 1.5 – 14 years old
- 32 total hours 5 days per week. 3:30pm-8:30pm Wednesday to Friday and 9:00am-7:00pm Saturday and Sunday
- Teaching Subject will include Art, Music, Drama, Science, Book Reading, Virtual PE, Global Leadership, World Culture, Logical Thinking
- Competitive salary–from 7,000 to 11,000 RMB depending on location, qualifications.
- Monthly performance bonus
- Accommodation allowance
- 6,000 RMB airfare bonus given upon completion of one-year contract
- Reimbursed work visa
- Paid holidays and time off available upon request
- An induction program, regular teacher training, and academic development workshop at Beijing HQ
- On-going team-building activities organized by the school
- Native English Speaker (USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom)
- Bachelor’s degree
- TESOL, TEFL, or equivalent certificate
- Reference letter (if possible)
- Availability and a profile photo
- Must Love working with kids