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.
Teaching English in China
Currently Teach Away is placing teachers within private language centres and schools in 9 major cities across China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Suzhou. Teachers will provide student-centered English instruction in an effort to improve English ability amongst students.
Some of these Chinese teaching jobs are at the renowned Disney English Language Learning Centres in China, which uses Disney characters and imagery to teach English as a second language. For more details on these exciting positions, please visit the Disney English program page and Disney salary & benefits page.
Living in China
China’s history is vast, and encompasses many different historical elements united behind its walls. As an iconic world heritage site, no stay in China would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China, but other historical landmarks will be calling out to the tourist in any teacher living and teaching in China.
The Forbidden City is another well-known historical site, but most tourists only examine the main pavilions of this 980 building, 7,800,000 sq ft complex. There are many lesser-known and less-frequently explored mazes of courtyards, theatres, and gardens that are fascinating in their own right – perfect for those who like to take the time to sightsee.
For teachers who find themselves in Xian City, one of the easiest ways to take in the city is by riding around the still intact ancient city wall on a bike. After a day of classroom teaching in China, hop onto a bike with a friend and take in the sights and sounds of this 3000 year old city.
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.
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|
|Currency||Renminbi (yuan) (¥)|
|Government||Nominally Marxist–Leninist single-party state|
|Major Religion||Buddhism, Taoism|
|Climate||Varied: wet/dry seasons|