In China, what are the best jobs for native English speakers with teaching experience?

The best teaching jobs in China are at International Schools. These schools teach in English according to the American or British syllabus. They usually require a full teaching qualification equal to what you would require if working in the UK or USA. They do however pay roughly equal to what you would get working in the UK or USA. So this is typically the highest paid teaching job available.

What's it like to be an English teacher in a small Chinese city?

Second and third tier cities in China are far from boring. A city like Wuxi is a nice place to live. It has all the facilities you need and for the occasional western luxury, you can easily travel to a nearby large city to buy a small supply.

In fact, I would say the quality of life in a second tier city can be higher than in a first tier city like Shanghai and Beijing. The cost of living is very much lower. House rents, restaurants and so on will all be much cheaper. You will be able to live it up quite handsomely and probably have money left over for savings.

Is it a good idea to come to China on tourist (L) visa to look for a job teaching English?

It is reasonable to scout the scene before hand. Just be sure that you are one of the nationalities that can go to Hong Kong for a Chinese work (Z) visa. Also be sure that the foreign experts bureau invitation letter is marked with Hong Kong and not your home country. Be aware of the costs of going to Hong Kong and staying there for up to a week. Also be aware that not all nationalities can get their visa processed in Hong Kong, and you may find yourself having to return to your homeland to process the work visa. Don’t trust any school that suggests you can work on you L visa.

I can read and understand words in English, but often struggle to spell them. Why?

English is not easy to spell. In fact, it is one of the hardest languages to spell. It's not your stupid brain but rather the stupid language. I know, I am an English teacher and also I have real difficulty spelling. I'm not stupid. I have had my IQ tested several times and I could easily get into Mensa (but don't see any purpose to joining).

Will watching English language TV help improve my English skills?

TV is an important learning tool. I find that there is a strong correlation between the best English students and the amount of English language TV and movies they watch. It used to be difficult for students to access English language TV shows, however today the internet provides an endless stream of English TV for all ages.


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