The world’s largest TEFL market can be found in China, where opportunities can be discovered right across this huge country, for boththe first time teacher and those with experience teaching abroad. There are so many varied positions available for TEFL teachers in China - from public schools to private language institutes, kindergartens to universities, business language schools to fun summer camps - there’s an English teaching job to suit everyone.
Whether you opt for a giant chain or an independent language school, your experience in China will very much depend on the exact branch you work at, what the DoS (Director of Studies) is like, and what level of quality and professionalism is required of the teachers.
Read on to find out more about the three main types of teaching jobs in China.
Searching for a stable, Monday – Friday teaching job with a lot of holiday time in China? Teaching at a public school might be exactly what you’re looking for! While public schools in China aren’t the highest paying jobs for English teachers, they usually have other benefits.
TEFL teachers can expect set working hours on weekdays only, around 20 hours of teaching time per week and all school holidays off. Teaching semesters run from September to January and March to July. An offer to teach English at one of China’s public schools will also usually include flight reimbursement and either a free apartment or a housing allowance.
There are three age-group options for teaching at public schools in China:
- Elementary schools – (5 to 10 years of age)
- Middle schools – (11 to 13 years of age)
- High school – (14 to 18 years of age)
One of the best things about teaching at a public school as a newly qualified TEFL teacher is the set curriculum. Teachers are assigned their own TA (Teaching Assistant) which, along with pre-set coursework, makes teaching at a public school very easy for a new English teacher.
However, it’s worth keeping an eye on class size (some public schools have classes with up to 60 pupils!) and contract length. English teachers at public schools in China have been caught out by 10-month contracts in the past, which would mean your holidays aren’t paid.