Teaching English Teaching in China


Interesting Facts About Life in China

  • There are more people learning English in China than the entire U.S. population.
  • There are more than 56,000 characters in the Chinese language.
  • The population of China exceeds 1.3 billion.
  • China has the largest labor force in the world at more than 800 million workers.



English Teaching Requirements in China

  • Education: BA/BS is preferred but not required; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification in BeijingHangzhouZhuhai, or any of our Onsite TEFL Courses or by taking the Online TEFL Course.  


  • Citizenship Requirements:  USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa.
  • Typical hiring process: Face to face interview in China or via phone in advance, schools prefer in advance
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20–25 hours of classroom plus extra prep time
  • Types of students: Business professionals, children in public schools and private language schools
  • Cost of living per month: 300–400 USD plus housing; 2,000–2,800 RMB
  • Average monthly pay: 600–800 USD plus housing; 4,000–6,000 RMB
  • Start-up cost: 500–600 USD
  • Potential to save or break even:Save 250-300 USD/month
  • Accommodation/housing benefits paid: Yes, paid or subsidized 
  • Vacation - Paid 2 weeks & sick days, Lunar New Year's holiday (Chinese New Year)
  • Flight reimbursement: Paid, reiumbursed for arrival, paid for return after 12 month
  • Bonus: Often 1 month's salary at finish of 12 month contract


Living in China teaching English


From the ancient imperial treasures of Beijing and Xi’an to the towering skyscrapers of Shanghai, China is a land of great diversity and contrasts. Steeped in more than 5,000 years of history and culture, national highlights like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City proudly stand as symbols of China’s innumerable contributions to human civilization. Visitors today will be equally struck by the nation’s dynamism and rapid transformation as a country seeking to define itself as a modern 21st-century power.

The English teaching market in China is the largest in the world. There are opportunities year-round, and interviews are conducted in advance over the phone and via e-mail. In most cases, airfare is reimbursed, and schools typically provide free housing for their teachers. With over 1.3 billion Chinese citizens it creates the world's largest English language learner population estimated at 100 million people learning and speaking English at some level. 

Most public schools throughout China have mandated English training beginning at age 5 and going through the end of secondary school.  With the largest number of middle class households in the world, parents are sending their children to private language schools at an unprecedented rate.  The adult learner market is enormous as well. China's export market is one of the world's largest, and it is necessary for their white collar workforce to communicate with potential buyers worldwide using English.

The cost of living in most of China is very low as their currency is held low to the US dollar by the government.  A generous salary affords English teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle, while saving 250–300 USD per month which as nearly 3 times the local purchasing power as would in the USA. English language schools offer approximately 20 to 25 hours of work per week, giving teachers plenty of time to travel and explore the nation’s endless treasures.

English teachers in China do not need a bachelor’s degree to teach in China, though it is preferred in the larger cities of Beijing and Shanghai. TEFL certification, however, is required. There are well over 50 cities with over 1 million people in each. Top destinations for certified English teachers include Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, and Zhuhai to name just a few.


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