About Teaching English in China
Considering teaching English in the largest TEFL marketplace in the world? Great, you’re in the right place. With over 1.3 billion citizens and an estimated 400 million English language learners, China shows no sign that it will give up its title as the top job market for TEFL teachers anytime soon.
There are a variety of reasons why English teachers love teaching ESL in China so much. The birthplace of one of the world’s great civilizations, China boasts an unmatched combination of history, culture, and cuisine. As a job market, teachers love it because employers typically hire in-advance and also provide teachers with free housing and airfare. So a lot of teachers love the peace of mind of being able to secure a job before leaving home.
Further, TEFL certified teachers typically save anywhere from $600 to $1,750+ per month after expenses, so this is a great destination for those looking to save money while overseas or pay off debt like student loans. China also hires English teachers year-round, so it’s a lot easier for prospective teachers to plan timelines and find jobs.
English teachers primarily work in either private language schools or public schools in China. It’s typical to teach about 20-25 hours per week and then expect an additional 10-12 hours on average for things like lesson planning and grading.
TEFL certified English teachers have a countless number of options when deciding where to work in China, as there are dozens of cities in China with over 1 million people in each. The most popular cities for ITA graduates are Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, and Guangzhou.
To teach English in China, you will need a TEFL certificate and a bachelor's degree. Native English proficiency is required to find a TEFL job in big cities and schools tend to hire teachers under 40. The average salary for an English teacher in China is $1,250 - $2,850 USD per month.