China Link ESL's 5 Things To Know Before Becoming an ESL Teacher in China
Becoming an ESL teacher in China has many options for all types of teachers so reputable recruitment firm China Link ESL provides a guideline on what teachers should consider before taking that first step.
By: China Link ESL
With China having so many locations, schools, culture, and travel opportunities, China Link ESL has offered these five points to consider before taking steps to teaching abroad as an ESL teacher.
1. Know if the job you desire requires a degree or not. Many teachers are recent graduates or have a longstanding degree and TEFL qualified, however there are some non-degree holders who are in need of TEFL certification.
2. Determine the level of commitment you are aiming for. Full-time teaching positions require a minimum of a bachelors degree, TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification, two years minimum work experience, a native English speaker and usually between ages 24-44. Guidelines may vary according the city. There may also be teaching internships available to you.
3. Understand how job types related to salary for ESL teaching in China. A public school teacher can make between 10,000 - 13,000RMB monthly, international schools 17,000 - 20,000RM monthly while private tutors can earn 200-350RMB on an hourly basis. A higher salary can be earned at the higher educational institutions however these positions will require more stringent qualifications and guidelines. Private tutors can earn well once established.
4. Location. Location. Location. Some of the most popular provinces and municipalities to teach English abroad in China are Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Xi'an, and Shenzhen. Life is different in each of these places from the scenery to the food. Research each location thoroughly.
5. Set goals and expectations. Develop an engaging teaching style. Create a roadmap of goals and expectations to set and conquer once you begin on your journey. This makes the journey much more exciting as you monitor your progress. Chinese students are very eager and interested in learning so you will find your own ways to engage them with different levels of English and enthusiasm however you must bring your own creativity to the table for the few that need a higher level of interaction.
The company has fifty (50) public reviews averaging five (5) stars. One teacher left a recent review saying, "Thanks guys! You made my dream come true!! I have been teaching in Zhenjiang now for 4 months and it is the best decision I have ever made. The people are all so lovely here and the students make this job an absolute dream. All the students take on an English name for life and last week I had a parent ask if she can name her son after me! So adorable!"
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