Find ESL Teaching Jobs in China

with JimmyESL & Gold Star TEFL Recruitment

We have hundreds of ESL teaching jobs in China waiting for you, regardless of whether you are an experienced or aspiring teacher. If you are a native English-speaker, with any kind of degree, submit your application and your preferences and get hired in China in no time – all absolutely free of charge for you.

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. Your 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

Kindergarten jobs

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 school jobs

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 school jobs

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.

University jobs

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.

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.

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.
Teach Adults, Teenager & Young Learners Communicative English in Suzhou
We are a well established adult, teenager & young learner training center aimed at helping students of all ages develop confidence in their English communication. We are currently seeking full time teachers for our schools in the beautiful city of Suzhou. You will be part of a team of committed teachers with support from our staff.

Main Responsibilities

  • Maximum of 25 teaching hours per week
  • Maximum of 15 admin hours per week
  • Class sizes: 4 – 10 students
  • Student ages: adult, teenage & young learner students
  • 5 working days per week
  • Counseling students by providing constructive feedback
  • Cooperate with Chinese staff to ensure the constructive communication and efficient operation of the center
  • Participation in Extra Curricular Activities (ECA)
  • Lesson planning, creating course outlines
  • Deliver classes in a professional and creative way

Compensation

  • Highly competitive salary: 14,000 – 18,000 RMB per month (depending on experience and qualifications)
  • Flight reimbursement on contract completion: 6,000 RMB
  • Airport pick up and 7 nights hotel reception upon arrival
  • Assistance provided with apartment search
  • Quarterly bonuses based on performance
  • 12 days Chinese public holidays plus 5 paid holidays
  • Paid and sponsored Z work visa provided
  • Medical insurance provided
  • Free Chinese lessons
  • Career development opportunities
  • Ongoing training and development workshops, including an initial 3 days induction
Teach Young Learners English in China
We are now recruiting passionate and qualified English teachers who are enthusiastic about teaching young learners in Xiamen, Xian, Guangzhou, Nantong, Dalian, Shenzhen, Suzhou and other cities in China. Founded in 2000 by Educational Psychologists and headquartered in Singapore with currently over 80 learning centers across 9 countries, we are one of the leading English education brands in Asia. Through our unique teaching methodology, we ensure that our students develop long-term excellence in all four skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening.

 

Main Responsibilities

  • Average of 25 teaching hours and 15 admin hours per week
  • Maximum of 40 working hours per week
  • Student ages: 2.5 to 16 years old
  • Teaching students using our system
  • Teaching reading and comprehension skills
  • Teaching writing skills including grammar, editing, and publishing
  • Teaching oral presentation and communication skills
  • Help children develop social skills and positive classroom behavior

Compensation

  • Excellent salary: 14,000 to 18,000 RMB gross per month (depending on qualifications and teaching ability)
  • Housing allowance: 2,500 RMB per month
  • Free arrival accommodation of 14 days provided
  • Airport Pick-up upon arrival
  • End of contract bonus: 1-month base salary
  • Flight reimbursement: up to 6,000 RMB
  • All national holidays plus 10 days personal holidays annually
  • Medical leave 5 days
  • Legal ‘Z’ work visa provided
  • Health insurance provided
  • Professional in-depth training provided at headquarters in Singapore during the first 7 days (1,500 RMB paid) plus periodic curriculum update training
Young Learner Teaching Jobs at Aoti Campus in Nanjing
Our school is now looking for enthusiastic, positive and qualified English teachers who have the genuine desire to teach young learners aged 3 to 15 years old. Established in 1997, our school has more than 40 campuses across Taiwan and China. We aim to provide the best quality English education that we can offer. We offer a relaxing and accommodating work environment that also stimulates creativity and personal growth. As we are about to expand the number of schools in China, we are looking for reliable and hardworking individuals to be a part of our team. If you have the qualifications and are looking for the right challenge, we would like to speak with you.

Main Responsibilities

  • Maximum of 25 teaching + 15 hours admin work hours per week
  • Plan lessons and classroom activities
  • Write monthly reports on each student’s progress and development
  • Weekend classes with 2 days off during the week
  • Assist in school’s promotional events
  • Conduct demo classes to potential new students
  • Attend staff meeting and teacher training
  • Teach students fluency in verbal, listening, reading and written English
  • Introduce students to western cultures and festivals

Compensation

  • Excellent salary: 14,200 RMB – 16,000 per month
  • Free housing accommodation OR 3,000 – 4,000RMB monthly housing allowance
  • Performance bonus: 5,000 RMB every 3-4 months throughout the contract
  • Relocation allowance: 1,5000 – 1,750 RMB
  • Contract completion bonus: 9,000 RMB (1 year) and 23,000RMB (2 years)
  • Annual salary increase
  • 11 days national holidays plus 5 paid personal holidays (Teachers who sign a 2-year contract can choose to have August unpaid holiday.)
  • Legal Z work visa
  • Lunch and dinner provided during the working schedule
  • Annual staff trip
  • Professional pre-job training with on-going program supervision
Primary & Middle School Teaching Positions in Shenzhen
We are now holding interviews for English teachers to teach 6- to 15-year-olds at our public schools in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. If you are a dynamic teacher, have an interest in an authentic Chinese school setting and can deliver learner centered, engaging lessons then we are interested in speaking with you.

Main Responsibilities

  • Maximum of 18 teaching hours per week
  • Maximum of 20 admin hours per week
  • Monday to Friday classes (8:00am – 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 5:30pm) with evenings and weekends off
  • Deliver learner-centered, engaging lessons to students
  • Ensure equal participation of all students
  • Complete all administrative tasks in a timely manner
  • Actively participate in professional development workshops and activities
  • Attend school activities, parties, and other events

Compensation

  • Excellent salary: 9,000 – 13,000 RMB monthly based on qualifications
  • 3,000 RMB monthly housing allowance
  • Paid flight upfront for new 2018 graduates
  • 5,000 RMB once-a-year flight allowance (will be reimbursed in a week upon arrival)
  • Contract renewal appraisal (boost monthly salary)
  • Z work visa application assistance and up to 400 RMB visa cost reimbursement
  • Social, health and accident insurance
  • Pre-arrival webinar training and orientation
  • Airport pickup, bank, phone card, and apartment rental assistance
  • Welcome package and comprehensive arrival orientation
  • SDE sponsored social events and culture classes
  • Ongoing teacher mentoring and assessment
  • Chinese public holidays
  • Winter vacation: 1 month (half-month salary +housing allowance) OR Summer vacation: 2 months (half month salary + 1-month housing allowance)
  • Part-time opportunities
  • Teacher training and professional development provided
  • Chinese lessons provided
  • Up to 4 nights hotel provided on arrival before permanent accommodation arranged
  • Company events and parties throughout the year
Adult Teaching Positions with Meten across China
Meten English is looking for English teachers who can incorporate a fun and creative teaching style with our unique teaching materials and approaches to ensure our adult students receive a first-rate educational experience. If you are looking for a chance to teach communicative English to motivated adult students across China where every day at work will bring exciting challenging then we have just the job for you.

Locations

Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Quanzhou, Chengdu, Mianyang, Chongqing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Kunshan, Nanjing, Ningbo, Shaoxing, Nantong, Hefei, Nanchang, Changsha, Wuhan, Xi’an, Shenyang, Kunming, Dongguan, Foshan, Shunde, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Huizhou.

Main Responsibilities

  • 25 teaching hours + 10 office hours per week
  • Teach a variety of English classes to a range of abilities
  • Ensure students learn and progress and receive the support and encouragement needed
  • Take part in social activities

Compensation

  • 12,500 – 18, 000 RMB per month for Beijing, Guangzhou & Shenzhen
  • 12,000 – 16,000 RMB per month for other locations (depends on teaching experience)
  • Housing allowance of 1,500 – 3,000 RMB depending on the city
  • 12 days Chinese National holidays + 10 days of annual leave
  • Flight allowance: 8,000 – 10,000 RMB
  • Contract renew bonus 3,000 – 6,000 RMB
  • 200 RMB per student open class bonus
  • 7 days paid hotel accommodation on arrival
  • Full accident and health insurance provided
  • 2,500 RMB quarterly performance bonus
  • Regional bonus 1,500 – 2,000 RMB per month for Huizhou, Zhongshan, Mianyang, Shaoxing, and Shenyang
  • Free Mandarin Chinese lessons
  • Full attendance bonus
  • On-going training and professional development
  • Career development opportunities
English Teaching Jobs in Beijing
We are now looking for enthusiastic, positive and qualified English teachers who have a genuine desire to teach young learners aged 8 to 15 years old at our modern language school in Beijing.

We have 10 campuses in different locations throughout Beijing. We aim to provide the best quality English education that we can offer. We offer a relaxing and accommodating work environment that also stimulates creativity and personal growth. If you have the qualifications and are looking for a new challenge, we would like to speak with you.

Main Responsibilities

  • Maximum of 30 teaching hours per week (no admin hours)
  • Class size: maximum of 15 students per class
  • Student age: 8 – 15 year olds
  • Plan lessons and classroom activities
  • Weekend classes with 2 days off during the week
  • Assist in school’s promotional events
  • Attend staff meeting and teacher training
  • Teach students fluency in verbal, listening, reading and written English
  • Introduce students to western cultures and festivals

Compensation

  • Excellent salary: 13,000 – 20,000 RMB per month (based on qualification & experience)
  • Free housing accommodation OR 4,000 RMB monthly housing allowance
  • Annual performance bonus: 1,000 to 10,000 RMB
  • Contract completion bonus provided (based on performance)
  • Annual salary increase
  • 12 days national holidays plus 5 paid personal holidays
  • Legal ‘Z’ work visa provided
  • Health insurance provided
  • Professional pre-job training with on-going program supervision

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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Happy teachers placed

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Take your chance and apply now

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.