China Link ESL Explains Why You Need a TEFL, CELTA or TESOL to Teach English in China
For those considering a job as an English teacher in China, it's important to understand the requirements and what determines a teacher's potential salary level. China Link ESL, a leading TEFL service in China, details what certifications are needed.
The company strong urges potential candidates to go out and obtain an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) certification right away. Most schools will require one of the following:
TEFL certification (Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
CELTA certification (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) - same as TEFL
Quality schools in China will require as a prerequisite that a teacher from another country first have a university degree. Beyond that an EFL degree (TEFL is very common) will often required and also offer a higher salary for the certification.
Although, there may be in rare cases where a TEFL is not absolutely mandatory, China Link ESL states that the university degree requirement will be necessary. In order to obtain a work (Z) visa in China, the school or university will register the teacher as a "foreign expert", which cannot be done with proof of a Bachelors or Masters degree, some relevant teaching experience, and also being a native English speaker which goes without saying.
Meeting these requirements will enable a teacher to obtain a legal work (Z) visa to embark on a career path in ESL teaching in China.
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About China Link ESL:
The company has over fifty public reviews. One teacher left a recent review saying, "I always knew I wanted to work abroad but put it off for so long, and then I got a message about working in china reaching English and thought, what an amazing opportunity. I spoke with Brian first who was so informative and helpful with details about the job, the Chinese lifestyle and benefits and after that I was sold. Anita and Brian were so helpful, patient and considerate about me every step of the way up until I've arrived in China and now I've just moved to Xuzhou, joined an amazing school under EF, and can't wait to get hands on with my own class and meet people from all over the world. Thank you to both of you for helping me achieve this, it's a brilliant opportunity and I would recommend anyone to join and use China Link ESL."
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