What is the minimum TEFL course needed for China?
The minimum TEFL course for China is 120 hours. It can be done entirely online or a combination of online and in person.
How many paid holidays will I receive each year?
This depends entirely on your contract, but generally speaking there are around 11 national holidays throughout the year, and most contracts will offer another 10 days on top of this.
So you will probably get 2 weeks holidays (including the weekends) and 1 day/month on average paid holiday. If you work for a school that shuts down during the Spring Festival then you may have as much as 5 weeks off, but this time may or may not be paid, depending on your contract.
How can I teach in China if I don't speak the language?
Most Chinese don’t speak English, so you will definitely encounter the language barrier every day. That said, it’s probably easier to navigate than you think. Chinese is a hard language to read and write, but you’ll pick up basic spoken phrases quickly. The latest apps let you download the whole lexicon for instant offline translation, and tech-savvy locals have the same ability, which lets you communicate even without a shared language.
As for your students, it’s actually preferable to teach English without relying on the local language. You’ll use repetition, pictures, circumlocution and lots of acting to get your point across. It works, trust us!
Is it safe to teach in China?
Yes. China’s crime rates are far lower than the United States, especially for violent crime. Our teachers quickly settle in and feel safe and comfortable in their new homes! As long as you avoid drugs, fights, or activism on controversial political topics, you have nothing to fear from the local authorities.
Can I bring my dog?
No. It’s very difficult to “import” an animal into China, and then repeat the process to come back into the USA. Employers and landlords won’t let you have a pet in your small, high-rise apartment either. You’ll need to find someone back home for your pet to live with while you teach abroad.
Do you need a degree to teach in China?
To be eligible to teach English in China, you will need to have a bachelor's degree in any subject, and a 120-hour TEFL certification. Other teaching qualifications are valued, but you may still be required to complete a 120-hour TEFL course.
What is the Cost of living in China?
The cost of living in China is substantially cheaper than what most teachers in China experience in their home country. Although your monthly salary may be lower than in your home country in some instances, it is likely to stretch much further living in China, leaving aside plenty of disposable income for weekend activities, travel and savings. Even in bigger cities like Shanghai and Beijing that tend to be popular with expat teachers, the cost of living still runs cheaper than western countries.
|Food & Drinks
||Restaurant lunch/dinner: 20 - 80 yuan ($3 - 12 USD) Drinks 2 - 10 yuan ($0.30 - $1.50 USD)
||30-minute massage: 40 yuan ($6 USD) Monthly fitness membership: 150 yuan ($22 USD)
||One-way metro fare: 3 yuan ($0.45 USD) 20-minute taxi fare: 25 yuan ($3.70 USD)
||200 yuan ($30 USD)
|Phone and Internet
||300 yuan ($44 USD)
How much does it pay to teach English in China?
- If you have a bachelor’s degree and a TEFL certificate but no experience, you can expect to earn $2,000 - 2,900 USD per month teaching at an after-school language training center in China.
- If you’re an experienced, licensed teacher teaching your subject specialty, you can expect to earn anywhere from $2,500 - 4,700 USD per month teaching at an international school in China.
- If you’re an experienced ESL instructor, you can expect to earn anywhere from $1,000 - 1,600 USD a month teaching as little as 25 hours a week within the public school system in China.
- Teaching English at a university in China is also an option that’s open to you - for around 20 hours of teaching a week, you can expect to earn up to $1,700 USD a month.
While we’ve done the US currency conversion for you as a guideline above, please bear in mind that you’ll be paid in Chinese Renminbi (RMB) or Yuan.