Teaching English in China

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Teaching English in China

Metropolis Meets Ancient Empire

After a year in China, you will only have just begun to scratch the surface.

Sitting on an enormous land mass, China is home to a vast array of cultures and ethnic groups, all united by the main language of Mandarin Chinese. The ultra-modern Eastern side of the country, symbolised by Beijing and Shanghai, is not the only part to explore. The striking hills of Gualin, the archaeological discoveries of such sites as the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, and the snaking structure of the Great Wall of China are bound to take your breath away. China is also at the original heart of the ancient Silk Road. There is so much to see and experience of this culture, that after a year in China, you will only have just begun to scratch the surface.

China is an interesting blend of Confucianism, mixed with the ideas of modern communism, which is driving the country to its superpower status. Daily life is rich in colour, with parks full of people and groups littered in various corners, practising the waltz or tango under the trees, while others practise Tai Chi or sing in the open spaces.On the streets old men sit and play Chinese chess, while others have their hair cut. Kites fly high above the rivers and restaurants are full of customers enjoying the varied dishes that Chinese cuisine brings. This is not a country in which you are likely to get bored. The Chinese language is also fascinating. Each character carries with it a story and the history of this ancient culture.  

Teaching Opportunities

Although there is a recent move by the Chinese government to reduce the significance of the weight of English in university entrance examinations, there is still a high demand for English within the country.There are many wealthy families who wish to send their children abroad to an English-speaking destination for their university education. English teaching jobs are plentiful in the private and public sector, but teachers must research each job carefully as there are many agents operating from China who try to use foreigners in scams, or are not paying what has been initially advertised.

Chinese students are interested in learning English for business and academic and general English classes are also in demand. Such a large population also brings with it large class sizes.These can range from 30 in private language schools to 65 or 70 students per class.While the high figures can seem daunting, China still is a traditional culture, and students are often highly disciplined and respectful of their teachers. 

Teaching Requirements

Degree Requirement Typical Contract Length Peak Hiring Seasons Visa Info Typical Students Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
Not required12 months All year round (although March and September are peak times to find job opportunities) Z visa in advance (see the Chinese Embassy site at http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng Business professionals, children 3,000 – 4,500 RMB (300 - 500 GBP) 8,990 - 15,000 RMB (900 - 1,500 GBP)
All year round (although March and September are peak times to find job opportunities)
Z visa in advance (see the Chinese Embassy site at http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng
Business professionals, children
8,990 - 15,000 RMB (900 - 1,500 GBP)

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