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Teaching in China

China offers excellent opportunities for those interested in teaching English in China. The English language market is growing fast in China, and many new positions are becoming available. China is emerging as a global financial force, and with English firmly established as the global language of commerce, improving English competency amongst China’s citizens is a major focus for the Chinese government.

Typically teaching in China will take place at private language schools, public schools, International Baccalaureate schools, or private international schools. Teachers entering into these Chinese teaching jobs can expect a competitive salary, which includes a variety of benefits, depending on the type of school. It should be kept in mind that salaries in China are lower than in other parts of Asia, but the cost of living is much lower as well, so teachers should expect to save a significant portion of their salary.

Teachers should note that some ESL jobs in China have contracts that are known to change once the teacher arrives at their placement. For this reason, before sending anyone to teach English in China, Teach Away carefully screens its partner schools to ensure teachers will be entering into a safe, stable, and comfortable teaching environment, where all their professional and personal needs will be met.

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Teaching Locations

Teach Away offers placements in cities across China. For detailed information about each city where teachers are placed, please visit our Chinese cities page.

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Things to Do in Beijing

With a population of 12 million people, Beijing is a city with no shortage of things to do, and people to do them with. Living in such a large urban area can be overwhelming at times, but this can be avoided with proper knowledge of what to expect.  It is advantageous to make friends with other teachers and explore the many recreational options in and around the city. For instance, a teacher doesn’t need to be on summer vacation to enjoy a visit to the Summer Palace. Added to the world cultural heritage list in 1998, the Summer Palace consists of 290 park acres spread out over 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water. Declared by UNESCO as a “masterpiece of Chinese landscape and garden design,” there are a wide variety of palaces, gardens, and other classical-style structures that exemplify the Chinese architecture of the time.

In terms of recreation, one popular spot for a good mixture of socializing and sport competition is the Gongti 100 Bowling alley, which, as the name implies, features no less than 100 lanes. If interested teachers would rather be outside, one of the many (outdoor) golf courses will offer hours of entertainment. Golf is especially big in China, and is growing rapidly. Anyone who likes to hit the links should not struggle finding locals or fellow expatriates in Beijing to pair up with for quick nine or eighteen holes.

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Basic Benefits of Teaching Jobs In China

Monthly Salary 10,000-13,000 RMB (approximately $1,500-2,000 USD) based on qualifications/experience
Airfare Round trip airfare included
Working Hours 40 hours/week, 5 days a week 21-24 classroom hours/week
Accommodation Monthly housing allowance (3,000-4,350 RMB)
Vacation 10 vacation days; all national holidays
Health Insurance Provided by employer
Extra Benefits Orientation and training (approximately 1.5 weeks); training bonus of 7,000 RMB;Free Mandarin lessons

China at a Glance

Country Information

Capital - Beijing

Language - Standard Chinese

Population - 1,339,724,852 (1st)

Currency - Renminbi (yuan) (¥)

Government - Nominally Marxist–Leninist single-party state

Major Religion - Buddhism, Taoism

Climate - Varied: wet/dry seasons

Quick Facts
  • China is often considered the longest continuous civilization.
  • China is the fourth largest country in the world.
  • One out of every five people in the world is Chinese.
  • China already consumes twice as much steel as the US, Europe and Japan combined.
  • The Chinese invented paper, the compass, gunpowder, and printing.
  • Cricket fighting is a popular amusement in China.
  • Despite its size, all of China is in one time zone.

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