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JimmyESL & Gold Star TEFL Recruitment are Hiring

We have hundreds of ESL teaching jobs in China waiting for you, regardless of whether you are an experienced or aspiring teacher, from Kindergarten teacher to Director of Studies, in over 60 cities.

Submit your application and get hired by reputable schools in China in no time – all absolutely free of charge for you.

Get hired easily, like 1-2-3

  1. You are a native English-speaker with any degree (and ideally a TEFL certification).
  2. You apply to us and tell us your job preferences.
  3. We shortlist suitable jobs for you and guide you until you start working at the employer of your choice.

Teacher Luke Bosworth says:

“Gold Star TEFL Recruitment conducted themselves with professionalism and consideration at all times. They made the process of applying to various schools across China seamless. Even when positions became available they didn’t pressure me in any way to take them. They wanted to make sure that I made the right decision that best suited me.”

The Honest Placement Service to Teach English in China

Why should you send your application to us instead of searching for ESL teaching jobs in China on your own or go with another agency? JimmyESL and Gold Star TEFL Recruitment offer you an honest and professional recruiting service along with the following advantages for you.

Job placement all over China

Find a job in one of your preferred cities and language schools.

Over 500 Selected Employers

No scammers or shady schools – we work with trusted partners.

Completely Free of Charge

We do not charge any money nor do we deduct a cut from your salary.

Z Work Visa Provided

Teach in China 100% legally and get help with the paperwork.

Experienced Consultants

We are former ESL teachers and know what is important for you.

Guidance for Candidates

Ask us any question that pops up during the recruiting process.

Apply Now for an ESL Teaching Job in China

If you are a native English-speaker with a degree, send us your application now and choose from hundreds of legal ESL teaching jobs in China. We only work with trusted employers and offer 100% free services.

The Opportunity to Teach English in China

Do you want to teach English abroad, travel the world full-time, learn about other regions of the world and have new experiences? When you come to China to teach English, you will quickly find yourself immersed in one of the most fascinating and rapid-changing countries on this planet. You will have enriching experiences and at the same time leave a positive impact on the lives of your students.

Undoubtedly, China is the largest TEFL job market, there are ten thousands of ESL teaching jobs in China and there aren’t enough teachers to meet the growing demand. From kindergarten kids to business people, the Chinese are eager to learn English from native speakers to raise their chances on the global stage.

As an ESL teacher, you will make a salary from $1,000 to $3,500, dependent on the city and the type of school you teach at. This will enable you to live a comfortable life and save money nevertheless. The majority of ESL teaching jobs in China are teaching kids in private or public schools – so if you love kids and are an energetic, fun teacher, finding a job for you will be a breeze. However, there are enough teaching positions where you can work with teenagers or grown-ups.

Things are different in China. You should be a spontaneous, sociable person who easily adapts to a new culture if you want to succeed as an ESL teacher in China. At least, you should be open to an adventure, because that is exactly what teaching English in China is. Most teachers say it was one of the best experiences of their lives and they returned home as a different person.

Types of Available ESL Teaching Jobs in China


At Kindergarten or preschool ESL teaching jobs in China, learners are from 3 to 6 years old and class sizes usually range from 12 to 25 students. Young learners have short attention spans, so you will conduct short lessons made up of a variety of activities, like games, singing, dancing, drawing or playing with puppets or other props. Provided that you love kids, kindergarten jobs are a lot of fun and meaningful at the same time, as you play an important role in the children’s early development.

Public Schools

As an English language teacher in a public school, your job is to develop the students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and to help them to hone their communicative and fluency skills. You will have to follow a set curriculum by the school and work together with a local Chinese teacher. Class sizes can be large with 25 to 45 students per class, which can be a challenge when it comes to engaging students.

Private Language Schools

In a private language school, you most likely will have to teach learners of all ages, kids and teenagers are the majority, of course. Each language school has its own teaching approach, but normally, lessons are focused on English communication training, so you will have to encourage your students to speak and use the language as much as possible, reduce teacher talk time and plan a range of activities and interactions such as group or pair work, discussions or short student presentations.


ESL teaching jobs at Chinese universities come with a lot of prestige but are hard to land. Class sizes will vary from study groups of 6 to 12 students to lectures of 30 to 50 students and your students will be around 18 to 25 years old. As in language schools, improving English fluency and pronunciation is the main goal of your lessons. Universities often provide media like computers and interactive whiteboards you can use to conduct your lessons.

Teaching Adults & Business English

You will have to teach adults from beginner to advanced levels, up to business people who want to hone their presentation or negotiation skills. Adults are self-motivated and self-disciplined and thus easier to handle for teachers, but have higher expectations for your lessons and may challenge your language skills. Depending on the students’ level, you will have to apply different teaching methods from grammar exercises to advanced debates and language analysis.

Director of Studies

As a Director of Studies (DoS), also referred to as Academic Manager or Head Teacher, you are in charge of the teaching team, both local and foreign teachers and running the academic side of the school. You will have admin duties to attend to, including scheduling classes for teachers, organizing school events, dealing with issues from students as well as internal disciplinary issues within the teaching team. The Director of Studies will also teach a few classes.

Teaching Jobs in Over 60 Chinese Cities

As China is incredibly large, choosing the city in which you want to teach might be the hardest decision. Whether you want to find an ESL teaching job in Shanghai downtown or somewhere more remote, we have suitable job options for you. From the more than 60 Chinese cities that we have partner schools with, these are the 10 most popular: Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Suzhou, Dalian, and Chengdu.

The 10 most popular citites to teach English in China

Send us Your Application and Get Hired in China

Please send us your application, if you are a native English-speaker with a degree and want to teach English in China for a professional school. There are no application fees or obligations.

Apply Anytime for ESL Teaching Jobs in China

You can apply anytime! We have year-round openings for private language schools. Public school jobs regularly hire for the start of the academic year in September,  but they do have jobs starting other times, too.We recommend applying four to six months before you want to start teaching English in China.  The interview process with your future employer can take anything from one to three weeks and the work visa application process normally tales two to four month.

The Requirements

To legally find an ESL a teaching job in China, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You are a native English-speaker with a passport from the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand (or speak English on a native-level with an accent from one of these countries).
  • You have a four-year degree, Bachelor or higher.
  • You have a TEFL certification (or comparable). If you don’t have one, we can arrange a TEFL course in advance of your teaching job.
  • You have a clean criminal background check.
  • Teaching experience is preferred, but not necessary.
  • Some schools require reference letters from former employers.

Documents You Will Need

On application, you should have following documents at hand:

  • Your resume or CV
  • A cover letter

During the recruiting process you will need to submit the following documents, which are required to close your work contract and to obtain a work visa:

  • Your passport photo page (to confirm nationality and age)
  • Your degree (notarized)
  • Your TEFL certificate
  • Your criminal background check (notarised),
  • Reference letters
  • Your health check

Steps of the Recruiting Process

Every candidate has to go through the same recruiting process to find an ESL teaching job in China. To be 100% transparent and to help you to understand what you have to expect, we outline the necessary steps for you to get hired:

  1. You submit your application along with preferences for cities and/or student ages.
  2. We will send you four or five suitable job options to consider.
  3. We set up Skype interviews with the schools you select.
  4. You conduct the interviews with your future employers.
  5. You accept a job with the school that suits you best.
  6. We provide the school with your documents for the visa application.
  7. Once the visa is ready, you book your flight to China.
  8. You arrive at the school and begin training and orientation.
  9. You start teaching. (Yay!)

As mentioned, the whole process will take from three to six month. Whenever you need advice, you can contact one of our consultants. We will happily answer your questions and provide you with broad information.

There’s no obligation for you to accept one of our job offers. We will never ask for any fees from you – we get paid by the schools. No matter if we can place you or not, everything is totally risk-free for you.

ESL Teaching Jobs in China are Waiting for You

If you are a native English-speaker with a degree, you can apply for hundreds of ESL teaching jobs in China at trusted employers. Just send us your application and let us set up the interviews for you.

Exemplary ESL Teaching Jobs in China

We have hundreds of ESL teaching job openings in China, from over 500 trusted schools in over 60 cities. This is an exemplary list with a few of our job offers, to sneak a peak.

Please consider, you do not have to browse hundreds of offers and apply for a particular one. With your application, you tell us your preferences and we will send you a shortlist with offers that suit you best.

What Other Teachers Say About Us


“Gold Star TEFL Recruitment conducted themselves with professionalism and consideration at all times. They made the process of applying to various schools across China seamless. Even when positions became available they didn’t pressure me in any way to take them. They wanted to make sure that I made the right decision that best suited me.”

Luke Bosworth


“I first came across Gold Star TEFL in early 2013 when I was looking for teaching jobs in China and I could tell from the start that Gold Star was different from all the others in a positive way: very professional and very resourceful. I soon signed for my first job in Shijiazhuang.
This summer Gold Star helped me again find a job in Shanghai, I’m now teaching university students Monday to Friday.”

Paula Marcu


“I searched the web for some agencies and websites that could help me and Gold Star really stood out! They helped me with my application and gave me a variety of cities to choose from. The most helpful factor was the contacts they keep with the teachers they have placed. I was able to contact some teachers already in the schools and cities I was interested in and really helped make my decision an easy one.”

Matt Fletcher

100% Trust, 0% Risk

Gold Star TEFL Recruitment is a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teacher recruitment agency, specialized in helping ESL teachers getting the ESL teaching jobs in China at trusted and recommendable schools. It was founded in 2009 by former teachers. We provide an honest, professional and overall free placement service for our teachers. Over the years, we have helped thousands of them and are proud of the many positive reviews we’ve gotten.

We earn placement fees from the schools or employers, which means our service is completely free for the teachers. Neither we charge any money from you nor will we deduct a cut from your salary.

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If you are a native English-speaker with a degree, you can apply for hundreds of ESL teaching jobs in China at trusted employers. Just send us your application and let us set up the interviews for you. 100% free for you.

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