Teaching jobs in China with EF English First combines an unforgettable experience with a rewarding job. You can learn Mandarin, travel the country and meet fascinating people. At the same time, you’ll gain valuable teaching experience abroad in an organization committed to delivering the best English training program to every student. EF gives you the excitement of teaching English in China with the stability of a safe, reliable employer committed to your professional development.
About 20-25 hours will actually be spent in the classroom, teaching a class. An example schedule across the products will look like this:
- Monday: 2-8:30pm (three 1-hour classes)
- Tuesday: OFF
- Wednesday: OFF
- Thursday: 2-8:30pm (three 1-hour classes)
- Friday: 1:30-8:45pm (one 1-hour class and one 2-hour class)
- Saturday: 10-6pm (one 1-hour class and two 2-hour classes)
- Sunday: 10-6pm (three 2-hour classes)
Out of Class Duties
The hours outside of the classroom will be divided into prep time, admin work, and trainings.
- EF has the lesson plans and classroom materials already pre-planned for you. As you get to know your students, you can tailor some of the lessons to meet the needs and personalities of your students. As long as the objectives are being met, there’s nothing wrong with putting your own spin on the lessons!
- Admin work entails progress reports, open lessons, correcting tests, evaluating homework, and parent-teacher conferences (Kids & Teens products only).
- Schools also conduct in-center trainings for you to participate in with a varying range of topics to help you become a better teacher and give you transferable skills that you can use in the future.
EF has over 300 schools located in 60+ cities. Whether you’re looking to live in a big Chinese city or in a smaller, more rural area, you can be sure we have the right place for your needs and wants. EF’s centers are mainly located in five tier-one Chinese cities. Here’s a little bit more about each one:
EF’s requirements to become an English teacher in China are simple and can be broken down into three categories:
- Degree. In order to educate Chinese students, we need you to be educated as well by at least possessing a Bachelor’s degree. We aren’t picky about what your major is or what subjects you studied. As long as you have your original degree from your 4-year university (or equivalent), we’ll consider your application.
- Passport. The reasoning behind this is simple; in order to be a teacher of English, you need to hold a passport from one of the following English speaking countries; the US, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
- TEFL. This position requires a 120-hour TEFL certification in order to consider your application. Don’t have one? Don’t fret – EF offers full sponsorship for a 120-hour online TEFL course for you to take advantage of. Are you more experienced and have a PGCE, CertTESOL, or equivalent? We’ll compensate you for having higher qualifications and putting in the extra effort!
Application to Arrival
Upon arrival, you will receive a warm welcome at the airport by one of our EF-approved drivers. You will either have housing provided, or be invited to stay at the hotel for up to two weeks at our expense. During this time, we will assist you in finding suitable accommodation, introduce you to your colleagues and give you the training you need.
Insurance specially-designed for teaching jobs in China
As an English First teacher in China, you will be offered ERIKA™ Medical and Accident Insurance. The policy has been specially designed for EF teaching jobs in China. It has automatic coverage and offers extensive coverage for Medical & Accident and Liability Insurance.
Teaching visas and work permits
As a reputable company, EF provides legal teaching jobs in China with correct working papers. EF pays for and arranges all visas for your arrival to your new job. Based on the country’s foreign employment regulations, teachers are required to obtain a working Z-visa prior to their arrival. A visa is necessary to enter the country and can be easily obtained at the Chinese embassies or consulates in your country of residence. Attaining this visa can take up to 2 months so it is best to plan accordingly.
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
On-going training throughout your teaching career
Our teaching jobs in China include on-going teacher training. All EF schools have a Director of Studies or Center Education Manager. This person has a wealth of experience within the world of ESL and will assist in the professional development of the teaching staff. S/he will hold a new teacher orientation program that includes an in-depth explanation of the courses, curriculum, resources and methodology. To hone your teaching skills and help you do your jobs better, EF offers continuous professional development meetings on a weekly basis so you can teach English with confidence.
Chinese language lessons
While you are teaching English as a foreign language at EF, you may want to learn one yourself. Language classes for the city in which you reside will be made available to you through your EF school.