Teaching ESL in China

The number of ESL jobs in China has been increasing exponentially over the past few decades. Parents in China are interested in providing their children with intensive English training from their pre-school years all the way through high school. Regulation on the ESL industry has been increasing over the years, but this means that most Native English speaking teachers can find what they're looking for in terms of salary, benefits, and location. China has the largest ESL job market in the world, and the demand is constantly rising. It is estimated that there are between 300-400 million Chinese students learning English right now, and that means that there is a huge opportunity for native English speakers to take advantage of overseas!

If you're looking to start a new adventure, teaching ESL in China gives you the opportunity to leave your comfort zone and make an impact on the community around you.

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What You Need to Know:

Teaching anything in China is lucrative, and teaching English is especially so. Compared to most other countries, Chinese schools offer some of the best competitive salaries out there. Teachers in China also receive around 1-1.5 months of paid vacation - Chinese New Year is a big portion of this, and no foreign teacher has ever complained about that! Teaching ESL in China also gives you a lot of downtime, which is especially great for people who don't really have time to relax right now. Even with teaching hours, office hours, and lesson planning hours, many teachers have plenty of time to do other activities. Many teachers end up doing some tutoring work on the side, because it can also be lucrative!

Teaching ESL in China also gives you the freedom to try new lessons and have more fun in the classroom than you would've otherwise had. There is a lot of room for creativity, especially when working with younger children, and this will keep you more entertained as well.

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ESL Teaching Options:

  • International & Private Foreign Language Schools
  • Public Schools
  • ESL Training Schools for Kids or Adults (huge demand!)
  • Kindergartens & Pre-Schools

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Schedule and Start Dates:

K-12 & universities work on the same schedule as western countries with the fall semester/school year starting in late August or early September and the spring semester starting after the Chinese New Year, March, (based on the lunar calendar). For fall positions, we suggest applying 4-8 months in advance and 2-3 months in advance for spring. In addition, China has a huge demand for training schools, which hire new teachers every month! No matter your schedule, we’ll be able to help you find the best teaching opportunities available.

Points of Interest:

                 The Summer Palace                        The Great Wall                             The Forbidden City

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While teaching ESL in China, just being around your students will give you some insight into the Chinese culture. To supplement that, visiting some historical sites throughout China will also help you understand and learn about where the culture comes from. Moving to China will be a huge change, and making an effort to learn about the Chinese culture will help you immensely, both in the classroom and out.


Teaching Nomad is your connection to teaching in Asia & The Middle East! We are a western owned and operated teacher placement agency with offices in Denver & Shanghai. We take a lot of pride in connecting teachers with great teaching opportunities.


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