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English First is one of the largest and most reputable ESL organizations in the world, also known as EF English First in China. ESL teachers who are interested in teaching English in China can find excellent opportunities to teach abroad with English First.

About English First

Commitment to teachers - EF supports teachers in their ongoing personal and professional development, offering new teacher orientation, weekly teacher training, and access to Chinese language classes.

Reliability - Established in 1965, EF employs thousands of teachers and educational professionals and has developed processes to make the transition abroad as smooth as possible. Teachers are given arrival assistance and orientation that allows them to settle easily into their new lives teaching English abroad.

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Teaching with English First - Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2 years of previous teaching experience
  • TEFL certificate of 100 hours or more

Location of English First Schools in China

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Beijing Shanghai Shanghai
Shenzhen Shenzhen  
Guangzhou Guangzhou  

English First Locations


Home to 21 million people, China’s capital is both one of Asia’s busiest modern hubs and richest cultural centers. The Forbidden City and Tienanmen Square sit at the center of Beijing, with easy access to one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Great Wall of China. Try Peking Duck, visit the opera, and soak in China’s ancient culture while living in Beijing.


China’s most populated city is also its commercial center. Located on the banks of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is home to financial centers, futuristic technology, and the world’s fastest commercial train. Although the city moves at a whirlwind pace, it also offers residents many parks and green spaces for relaxation.


Shenzhen is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. From its popular restaurants and shopping, to its thriving art scene, to its beautiful beaches, the city is immensely popular with Chinese tourists, and is starting to be recognized as a top destination for foreign tourism as well. Situated just north of Hong Kong, Shenzhen has a sub-tropical climate.


Guangzhou is southern China’s largest city, but its scenery and mild climate make it a livable, accessible city. Just two hours from Hong Kong, Guanzhou provides the opportunity for teachers to experience a mix of cultures and languages, with a fairly even split between Mandarin and Cantonese speakers.

English First Salary and Benefits

English First Salary and Benefits
Salary Competitive salary; varies by location
Accommodation Accommodation assistance
Airfare Flight allowance provided
Vacation 10 vacation days + paid public holidays
Bonus Contract renewal bonus
Insurance Health insurance provided
Visa Assistance obtaining work visa
Language lessons Language lessons available

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