English First China – ESL Jobs

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English First China – The Company

English First (EF) is truly a global company, established in 1965 and now with over 400 centers around the world and 150 schools in China. English First China opened its first school in 2001 and has since established itself as the market leader for private language learning with over 150 schools and employing over a thousand teachers across China in over 50 major cities. English First China jobs allow you to experience the adventure of living and working in China with the structure, support and complete package that only a market leader with over 40 years of experience can offer.

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Young Learners

Young Learner in ChinaThe main age group range from 7 to 14 years old, although classes are also offered to younger students and teenagers as well, ensuring teachers teach a wide variety of ages and abilities. This age group requires a lot of energy and passion as well as the ability to create excitement and fun in the classroom. Teachers are encouraged to use their creativity to really bring the lesson alive and make the most of a variety of activities such as role plays, group work, competitions, drama, stories and songs.

Classes at English First China are student centered, using the ‘communicative approach’ with the aim of developing students’ spoken skills in the most real and meaningful ways. The class sizes are kept small, to an average of 8-12 students, which allows for noticeable progress to be made and also makes classroom management that much easier. All students are placement tested when they first arrive at the school to ensure they are placed in the correct level and studying alongside students of the same ability.


English First China also offers courses to adult and business English students, although this represents only 10 – 30% of all courses offered. Students are typically young professionals working for multinational or export companies, who are interacting more and more on a global level and are looking to develop their communication and written skills to keep ahead. English is also seen as a fun and interesting hobby by many. Lessons are focused on relevant topics and emphasis is placed on developing communication skills and improving pronunciation through pair work and role plays.

Course materials & technology

Popular with students and teachers alike, English First China course books have been developed by a dedicated team of linguistic and educational experts. Course books are accompanied by a wide range of supplementary materials including flashcards, posters, handouts, CD’s, videos, songs and in-class computer applications, all essential for teachers to deliver varied and engaging classes. All schools have interactive white boards, connected to the internet and loaded with multimedia resources which add an exciting new dimension to how you can teach.

Stability & support

Working with EF China provides you with the stability and support you need when moving to a foreign country. All teachers are issued with a legal work (Z) visa before entering the country and are met at the airport and taken to their apartment. Full health insurance is also provided. On arrival at the school teachers are given a full induction and training program, including the chance to observe current teachers’ lessons.

Professional development

English First China - ClassroomThe highest academic standards and enjoyable learning environment have established English First China schools as the very best in the industry. To ensure these standards are maintained a high priority is given to on-going teacher training and development. Each center has a Director of Studies who leads training sessions, workshops and seminars on a variety of teaching topics, including teaching methodologies, lesson planning, classroom management and new material development to ensure teachers are constantly learning while they are teaching. Class observations and idea sharing sessions are also seen as important in keeping the creative energy flowing.

Requirements for English First China

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • TEFL certificate
  • Native English speaker from UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or South Africa
  • Teaching experience preferred but not necessary
  • Plenty of passion and energy

Package offered

Working with English First in China you will be earning an excellent salary along with a generous benefits. Teachers can enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle in China while still saving 20% – 50% of their salaries.

  • Excellent salary: 7,000 to 10,500 RMB depending on qualifications, experience and school location
  • Accommodations: free shared Western style accommodations, near the school or a housing allowance (depending on the city/school)
  • Flight allowance: 7,000 – 10,000 RMB, half payable after 6 months, half after 12 months
  • Legal ‘Z’ work visa provided
  • Annual leave: 10 paid annual leave days plus 11 national holidays
  • Insurance: company health insurance
  • On-going professional development and training
  • Promotion opportunities within the global EF network

NOTE: We are a recruitment agency and offer jobs with various English First schools in China. Details of compensation packages for specific cities will be provided by the school after they receive your application.

We make a fee from the schools, so this is a completely free service for you, there are no charges whatsoever. We look forward to discussing suitable positions with you for English First China.

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