You can teach English in China without knowing how to speak Chinese. Students expect to get immersed in English during class and so speaking Chinese is actually discouraged in class. Often there is the option of having a Chinese teaching assistant to help with giving instructions and translating if need be, especially for young learner classes.
Some schools provide Mandarin Chinese lessons and plenty of support for new arrivals. It is relatively easy to set up extra Chinese lessons and there are a plenty of resources available for self study, if you wish to.
Schools offer a competitive salary that provides a good standard of living in China. Teachers generally find that their salary gives them a purchasing power in China that is much stronger than in their home country. It’s possible to live comfortably and save up to half your salary. For more details see our information on cost of living in China.
Schools will provide you with free accommodation, within a short walk from the school. All accommodation is fully furnished and to a Western standard. Alternatively, you have the option of finding your own housing and the school will provide a housing allowance.
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.
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.