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A Step-by-step guide on how to teach English in China

Are you thinking of teaching English in China?  Perhaps you want to take a break from your life at home, or perhaps the job market at home has limited your opportunities to make a living. 


There is a massive demand for Native Speaking English Teachers in China which far exceeds the current supply.  This has led to lucrative positions being offered across the country.  The vast majority of these positions require no previous experience of teaching, just a willingness and ability to learn some simple teaching methods and an ability to adapting to a different culture.


This website gives you a step-by-step guide on how you too can teach English in China and join the 1000s of others who are being paid to share their English speaking ability with eager learners, learn a new culture and language, and get an amazing China experience.


Step-by-step instructions on how to teach English in China:


1.         Decide why you want to teach English in China.   There are many different reasons why people are thinking of going to China for a period of teaching English.  You will later be asked about these during your Job Interview, so it is good to be clear on this from the beginning.  Good reasons would include an interest in Chinese Culture, language learning, and an ability or skill set which would enable learners of English to learn from you.

2.         Conduct some research on the city or region of China you would most like to teach in.  Some people prefer to teach in big, modern, developed cities such as Shanghai or others in the south east.  Alternatively you may be willing to go for the “real” China experience in a much smaller town where you may be the only non-Chinese the locals ever see. 

3.         Choose which type of school you want to teach English in.  You could choose a State or Private owned Kindergarten, Primary School, Middle or High School.  If you have teaching credentials you may find an International School that is recruiting.  Universities are also constantly looking for native speaking teachers.  Finally, there is a large market of Private English Language Training Centres who focus solely on English Training and therefore require native speakers as a key selling point. 

4.         Prepare your CV/Resume and Cover letters.  Although recruiters are very keen to hire you, if you are unprofessional in the recruitment stages then they will assume you will be unprofessional in all aspects of your job and thus give you a wide berth.  There are plenty of resources online which can help you for this step of the process.

5.         Contact potential employers and Recruitment Agents with your CV and cover letter.  There is an increasing number of employers advertising positions on the internet.  Click here for a list of reputable Recruiting Agents with English speaking staff (usually native speakers who have taught in English themselves before moving into recruitment), and schools.  Some schools will want to conduct an interview by telephone or SkypeClick here for a guide on the interview questions that are common for teachers.

6.         To teach English in China you will need to get a Working Visa from your employer.  You can read more about this by clicking here.

7.         If you have applied to a large number of job ads with a solid CV and Cover letter, you will be soon receiving plenty of actual offers for positions in China.  It can sometimes be difficult knowing which position is the most suitable, so you will need to do some research on the employers and recruiters offering you the job.  This should include contacting other Foreign Teachers who have worked for them.

8.         Accept a position from an employer and work with them to get your visa.

9.         Once your employer has received the Invitation Letter from the appropriate Government Office, they will send it to you and you will need to bring it and other necessary documents to your nearest Chinese Embassy in your home country.  After a few days they will be able to give you back your passport with a new Working visa for China inside.

10.     Next you can book your flights.  The main international airports in China are Beijing and Shanghai.

11.     Time to pack.  There are a few things that can be hard to find in China, such as large sized clothing and shoes, and western medication.  Best to pack all of these and bring them with you!   You should also buy a “VPN”.  In China, many websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and many blogger and wordpress sites are blocked.  Buying a VPN will enable you to bypass the “Great Fire Wall of China” and still access these sites freely.  Very important to keep in touch with your friends and family back home.

12.     You should be met by a representative of your new employer and the destination city airport who will bring you to your new apartment and place of work and issue you with your working schedule..

13.     Many employers will give you some Initial Training which is great for new teachers.  Alternatively you can do this yourself before you leave by taking a TEFL Certification. 

14.     Start Teaching!  Hopefully your school will have a vast array of teaching resources and ready-made lesson plans for you to use and follow.  If not, you can find many useful resources on the internet both for free and to buy.



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  1. You say that the documents must be brought to the Chinese embassy in my home country (U.S.). But what if I am in Thailand right now. Is it possible to have the visa done at the embassy in Thailand?

    1. Joe,
      When the company employing you applies for an invitation letter for you to work in China they must state early on in the process which Embassy you will eventually bring this invitation letter to. Sometimes they say this MUST be in your home country, other times they let you apply in Embassies outside your home country. I have applied successfully in the Chinese Embassy in Hong Kong, and I have friends who have done so successfully in Hanoi. I’ve no experience of anyone trying in Bangkok though so I can’t say for sure. I would suggest calling your future employer, and the Embassy in Bangkok. If not possible, then try to do it in Hong Kong as this is easier than going back home.

  2. I am a jamaican teacher with a bachelors degree in primary education specializing in language arts. How do i go about applying for a job as an english teacher

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