If you want to teach English in China and immerse yourself in Chinese culture and learn Mandarin Chinese, teaching with Redking is the perfect opportunity for you.
Redking currently works with many exciting young learner, adult, and online schools for teachers that want to teach in China.
The salary benefits of teaching English in China include: A monthly salary of between 10,000 – 22,000RMB. Free flights, free housing, bonuses, airport pickup, and a Z visa, among other perks.
Your salary as an English teacher in China will be enough to live a comfortable lifestyle and save for trips around China and to other countries in Asia!
Travel abroad is a unique and special experience. Truly living that experience is even more rare. There is no better time to teach and live in Asia. As China continues to open itself to the outside world, a case can be made the uniqueness of the experience may quickly be fading!
We work with a great number of reputable private schools in China, however, our teachers must meet the following requirements laid out by the Chinese State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs. There are different procedures for various nationalities and for different locations around China.
Teachers must meet the following requirements to teach in China:
• A Bachelor’s degree
• Two years of post graduate work experience
• A TEFL certification (120+ hours). Some schools will still accept a 100-hour certificate, but 1st-tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai require at least 120-hours of TEFL training.
• A clear national Criminal Background Check
• A clean bill of health from your doctor in your home country. You’re also required to do a second health check in China
First-tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai require classroom based TEFL certifications or combined TEFL certificates that include online and classroom hours. If you are unsure about a TEFL course, go with a TEFL provider that will provide you with a certificate that does not have ‘online’ stamped across the front of it. Your 12o TEFL hours must be listed on the same certificate. The Chinese government will not accept multiple certificates from multiple courses.
After you’ve aced your interview and been offered a position at a school of your choosing, you will move through the following steps to obtain the proper paperwork to teach legally in China.
While you are in your home country, you’ll need:
• A valid passport with at least 12 months on it from the date of expiration
• A formal letter of invite from your school, otherwise known as a Foreign Expert Invitation (Note that this documentation is not provided by your school. They have to apply for your ID, and they have no control over how quickly your paperwork is processed. Some bureaus process paperwork quickly while others don’t. The waiting period is typically two to six weeks.
• A Foreign Expert ID (Your school will send this to you by post.)
• YOU visit the nearest Chinese Consulate in your area to apply for a Z visa (work visa) – Don’t forget to bring your letter of invite!
• A Z visa (Employment visa) – Although this can take a few months to get, it is by far the safest and easiest way to go to China. We don’t recommend that teachers go to China to teach on a tourist visa or another kind of visa unless they really want to arrive quickly and they are prepared to make extra trips to complete their document work for their Z visa. If you go to China on anything other than a Z visa, you must be prepared to do a visa run on your own.
• A health check in your home country
Once you are in China:
• You’ll need to do a full health check
• You’ll register with the local police station so they know where you’re living. Your school will help you do this.
• Your school will help you get your Residence Permit
From the moment you land in China, your host school will begin helping you adjust to life in your new home. The benefits of an ESL job teaching English in China include :
• A monthly salary of between 8,000-22,000RMB
• Free flights
• Airport pickup
• Free housing at most schools
• Work Visa (working visa to legally teach English in China)
• Health insurance coverage
• Many of our schools provide a housing allowance and/or flight stipend
• Contract completion bonus
• Salaries are typically related to the cost of living in your preferred location in China.
Deciding where to teach English in China can be a difficult and stressful decision.
There are a myriad of ESL teaching jobs available in China and they don’t always appear to be of the most reputable variety! That’s where Reach To Teach comes in. We carefully screen any school we work with.
As you experience our interview and screening process, you will find we are very careful in accepting teachers to the Reach To Teach program. If you are one of the few we accept, you can be sure we apply the same strict standards to the school locations and ESL teaching jobs we discuss with you!
If you have decided to move forward in applying for an ESL job teaching English in China, congratulations! You have taken a unique step forward in making the decision to expand your horizons and challenge yourself. Your travels will soon lead you to discover many people who share your passion for exploration, travel and for broadening your horizons.
While you are teaching in China you will find yourself making lasting connections with locals and other expats from around the world with fellow westerners as your co-workers. Chinese people often go out of their way to make teachers feel comfortable in their new surroundings. You will also have fellow westerners as your co-teachers.
Your ESL job duties will include the following:
• 18-25 in class teaching hours per week
• 10-15 office hours per week. This will primarily be spent in the preparation of lesson plans
• Teacher training is also provided and your school will have materials for use during ESL lesson preparation
Being in front of a classroom full of children can be a real challenge. It takes careful preparation and real caring for your students. Teaching English to young students is an important responsibility.
On a day-to-day basis a teacher’s job includes preparing proper lesson plans. An active and interesting classroom atmosphere is always encouraged! In addition to time spent in the classroom you will administer tests, grade papers and participate in school meetings with your Chinese co-teachers.
At Redking, we support you throughout your year (or more!) teaching ESL. China is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding countries in which to teach English in Asia.