English First China

ESL Teaching Jobs

English First is a world leader in language education with exciting opportunities for teaching jobs in China, whether you are a new or experienced ESL teacher. A teaching job with English First in China gives you the opportunity to teach young learners, teenagers or adult students, using cutting edge teaching materials and technology in a supportive and modern school.

Founded in 1965, EF has operates in 107 countries worldwide and has over 200 language schools in over 60 cities in China. English First employs 43,500 staff and teachers globally and has big plans for continued growth for the future. Teach English with EF and join a company that has invested in outstanding educational materials and is well known for the support and training provided to all teachers.

ESL English Teaching Jobs with English First China

Do you want to teach at a school where your creativity will be valued and where you can make a real difference to the lives of those around you, both students and colleagues? An ESL teaching job with English First gives you the option to teach at a school in a vibrant, metropolitan Chinese city or to get a more authentic, local experience based in a smaller city.

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Kids & Teens

The majority of students at EF range from 3 to 18 years old 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.


English First China also offers courses to adult and business English students. 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. Lessons are focused on relevant topics and emphasis is placed on developing communication skills and improving pronunciation through pair work and role plays.


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Locations in China

English First China

  • Tianjin

  • Hangzhou

  • Hefei

  • Dalian

  • Qingdao

  • Suzhou

  • Nanjing

  • Chengdu

  • Wuhan

  • Shijiazhuang

  • Harbin

  • and over 50 other cities



  • Native English speaker from UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or South Africa
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • TEFL certificate preferred (but we provide free TEFL to those without one)
  • New or experienced teachers welcome (full training provided)
  • Enthusiastic, open-minded, professional

Main Responsibilities

  • Teach a variety of English classes to a range of abilities
  • Use your creative skills to develop Life Club and other events
  • Ensure students learn in an engaging manner
  • Attendance and participation of weekly meeting / training sessions
  • Assist in the placement testing and interviewing of new students
  • Attend school social events and parties

Salary & Compensation Package

English First China

  • 7,000 – 13,500 RMB (1,000 – 2,000 USD) per month (based on qualifications and school location)
  • 9,000 – 12,000 RMB annual flight allowance
  • Accommodation: free shared Western style housing or a housing allowance (depending on the city)
  • Performance bonuses
  • Sponsored legal Z work visa
  • Salary advance available in some locations
  • Health insurance provided
  • 10 paid annual leave days plus 11 national holidays
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • ESL certification programs including Cambridge TKT, Trinity CertTESOL, Trinity DipTESOL
  • Free Mandarin Chinese lessons
  • Contract completion bonus
  • Loyalty bonus for each new contract signed
  • Employee discount scheme
  • On-going training and academic support
  • Promotion opportunities globally within the EF network

Talking to Teachers

“The best part about teaching English is the kids. It feels great to have a job that makes me feel like I am making a difference and gives me tangible results.

There is nothing more satisfying than teaching kids new material and having them be able to produce it the following weeks. At the end of the day, the kids always seem to make me smile.”

Andrew Ho-lung, EF Shijiazhuang, China
“In a world that is becoming increasingly global, language learning is becoming increasingly important. It’s fun, exciting, and rewarding to be a part of this.

I have now been teaching for over a year, and seeing the progress some of my students have made in the last year is truly remarkable.”

Paul Orlowicz, EF Tianjin, China
“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, EF Chongqing, China
“EF provides a wide range of resources for language learning students of all ages and levels. There are lesson plans, interactive white board activities, songs, videos, flashcards, textbooks and more.

If you are a first time teacher you will have all the necessary teaching materials, but you will also have the support of your Director of Studies and other colleagues.”

Cassandra Lee, EF Harbin, China


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. Most schools offer free Mandarin Chinese lessons for teachers who wish to learn and it is easy to set up private classes in addition to this, if you wish.
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.
English First 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.
Average class sizes are 8 students for classroom lessons and larger groups for Life Club events.
Yes. Teachers are provided with EF polo shirts and slacks for work.
Yes. There are a lot of options to develop your career to senior teacher, Director of Studies as well as opportunities to develop course material, work in teacher recruitment and transfer between schools globally.

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