The Latest & Greatest Teaching Jobs in China

Teach English in China and immerse yourself in one of the most fascinating and fast changing countries on the planet, while at the same time making a positive difference to the lives your of students. We have ESL jobs in China with hundreds of professional schools with year-round start dates in over 60 exciting cities. Whether you are a new teacher looking for your first ESL teaching job in China or an experienced teacher looking to advance your teaching career we will provide you with hand-picked jobs and assist you through the entire recruitment process.

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Featured Teaching Jobs in China

With over 10 years experience in the ESL industry in China, we put teachers in contact with the very best public and private schools across China.

Teach communicative English to motivated adult students. (17,000 RMB + benefits)

Energetic young learner teachers wanted in the beautiful coastal city of Fuzhou

International kindergarten position in the southern city of Nanhai

University teaching job – monday to friday schedule

Teach young learners for the world’s largest private language school

Teach kids in Shanghai or Beijing – modern school and friendly team

A Word of Warning about ESL Teaching Jobs in China

Unfortunately it is well known that China has its fair share of shady schools.

You may have heard from teachers who have had terms in their employment contracts broken by schools, charged recruitment fees, salaries not paid on time or hired on the wrong type of visa. It is essential that when you accept an ESL teaching job in China it is with one of the good guys.

With over 10 years in the ESL industry in China, Gold Star TEFL Recruitment has built up strong connections with the very best schools, screened them in depth and spoken to their current teachers so you can be confident that you are dealing with a reputable school that you can trust and enjoy working with. Our service is completely free for teachers, you never pay us anything, ever and there are zero salary deductions.

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Salary & Benefits for ESL Jobs Teaching English in China

In recent years China has really caught up with other Asian countries in terms of the salary and benefits package. You can earn a high salary, lead a comfortable life, travel and still make decent savings over the course of a year. Benefits will of course vary from school to school but a lot of schools offer free, furnished accommodation, flight allowance, performance based bonuses, 22 days paid holidays, health insurance, decent teacher training sessions and weekly Mandarin Chinese lessons. Cost of living in China is particularly low, especially outside of the major cities such as Shanghai and Beijing, so your salary will really go a long way.

  • Excellent salary: 8,000 – 22,000 RMB (1,200 – 3,300 USD) per month
  • Accommodation provided: Western style, furnished, near the school
  • Flight allowance
  • Performance based bonuses
  • Legal ‘Z’ work visa and residence permits provided
  • 11 days national Chinese public holidays plus 11 days personal holidays
  • Health insurance
  • Paid TEFL course (for those without one) or sponsorship of further teaching qualifications
  • Weekly Mandarin Chinese lessons
  • Airport pickup and welcome pack
  • On-going training and academic support
  • Promotion opportunities

This is an example of a typical salary package for ESL teaching jobs in China, we will provide you with specific package information for a selection of suitable schools once we receive your application.

Requirements to Teach English in China

  • Native English speaker or non-native with fluent English and a clear accent
  • Bachelor’s degree in any subject
  • TEFL certificate preferred (No TEFL? We recommend INTESOL)
  • New and experienced teachers welcome (full training provided)
  • Between 22 and 65 years old
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Talking to Teachers in China

“I was a teacher in the UK and became despondent with the UK education system, a mundane and predictable social life. Now I live and work in Shanghai and would not want to be anywhere else.”
Robin Watts, Wall Street English Shanghai
“I had just finished university and was looking for something a bit different. Once I knew I wanted to teach English abroad the next step was completing the TEFL qualification.”
Liz Conroy, Nanhai Kindergarten
“Teaching English in Asia had always been on my list of things I wanted to do. I have had many friends who have tried their hand at teaching English at some point. All have had overwhelmingly positive experiences, many saying it was the most fun they ever had.”
Luke Bosworth, English First Chongqing
“I absolutely love Shanghai. As a foreigner, I can find everything I need and spend the day exploring new places and things. It’s a complete 50-50 mix of old China and new Western standards. I am so happy here.”
Janis, Starbugs Shanghai
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Locations in China for ESL Teaching Jobs

China Culture

If there’s one thing you can say about life teaching English in China it’s exciting. You will definitely experience culture shock and although life in China will take some getting used to, it will mostly be positive. China is a very safe place to live. You will receive lots of curious attention from locals, many of who might not have had much previous contact with foreigners, especially in smaller cities.

Travel in China

Learn to speak Mandarin Chinese, hike the Great Wall of China, visit the pandas in Sichuan, soak up the sun on an east coast beach, enjoy a delicious cuisine and engage yourself in the fast paced, cosmopolitan lifestyle that is modern China. Of course, there are plenty of countries nearby for longer trips, such as Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Mongolia, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.

China Expat Life

Each city has a vibrant expat life with events, sports teams, expat bars and other opportunities to get to know other foreigners living in your city. China really embodies the ‘East meets West’ culture these days, with an interesting mix of ancient Chinese customs and culture alongside modern shopping centers, iPhones, Starbucks and a fast-paced lifestyle.

Types of Teaching Jobs in China

Kindergarten teaching jobs

Kindergarten

Teaching jobs for 3 to 6 year olds

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Language School teaching jobs

Language Schools

Teaching jobs for all ages

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Public school teaching jobs

Public Schools

Jobs at primary, middle, high schools

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University teaching jobs

University

Teaching jobs for 18 to 22 year olds

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Adult teaching jobs

Adult

Teaching jobs to adult students

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Business English teaching jobs

Business English

Teaching jobs to business students

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Director of Studies

Director of Studies

Jobs managing schools

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FAQ

There are no costs at all for you. The entire recruitment process is free of charge.
Students expect to get immersed in English during class and so speaking Chinese is actually discouraged in class. So not speaking Chinese is not a problem regarding the job. All teachers receive complementary Chinese lessons if they wish. These are done in multi-week courses, so you can join at the start of the next course.
Your school will organise all the necessary papers needed to obtain a legal 1 year work (Z) visa for you. This process can take between 4 to 8 weeks and the school will help you through the process.
Your initial contract is 12 months. Many teachers choose to stay for one or more years.
The school provides comprehensive medical insurance coverage for you. It will cover you in event of sickness and injury.
Salary is paid on a monthly basis, paid in local currency, Chinese RMB.
Yes. It is possible to exchange and transfer money to bank accounts around the world. Check with your bank to find out what their policies are regarding international transfers and fees. Many people find Western Union or PayPal to be the easiest way to send money.
That depends on the type of school you teach at. Language schools typically have a maximum class size of 16 students and average of 10 while public schools have between 30 – 45 students per class.
There is a professional, smart-casual dress code that teachers are expected to comply with.
Yes. There are plenty of opportunities for teachers to move up to senior teacher and Director of Studies or to get jobs in curriculum development, teacher recruitment, teacher training and other areas.

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