How can I get a teaching job in China?

The principle qualification for teaching in China is that you have completed your college education and have at least an ordinary degree. You will then find an abundance of jobs on offer all over the country.

Without a degree, you may be offered a job illegally at some schools. Do not take these offers. You will end up in trouble with the Public Security Bureau, fined and deported.

Which is the best certification for teaching English as a foreign or second language abroad?

There are many qualifications for people wanting to teach English as foreign language or English as a second language: SIT TESOL, TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, etc. However, are they really worthwhile?

It depends on where you want to go and what level you want to teach at. Here in China there are three main options:

What barriers are there to non-native English teachers teaching English in China?

I have been teaching English in China for just over 6 years. However, I don't teach English. Very little of my class time is spent on grammar. Punctuation and spelling don't play big either. All of these things can be taught just as well, if not better, by a native Chinese teacher of English. They have studied the grammar books and can explain the technicalities of the language to the students in a way they will understand.

My English language skills have reached a plateau, what can I do to improve further?

Watching TV, working and talking to your friends may not be pushing your language abilities fully. Especially if you are simply watching popular TV. If you want to improve your fitness, you have exercise to the correct level. Fail to do enough and you lose fitness. Likewise for learning English, you have to push yourself beyond your comfort zone to make improvements.

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.


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