What is the minimum age requirement to teach in China?
Most of the large schools here in China require you to be at least 18 given that is the legal age needed to legally sign contracts and receive a workers permit in China. Some schools may also have upper age limits but there are plenty of middle aged teachers in China.
What are the qualifications to teach English in China?
In the past, many schools in China have NOT required any degree to teach English. This may be changing as the government tries to standardize the system. Nevertheless, any native speaker of English who is over 18 has an excellent chance of landing an English teaching job in China. However, if you want to have some negotiating power and more choice of where you go, it is recommended that you have at least an Associate’s Degree and/or a TESOL/TEFL certificate as well as some relevant experience back in your home country. The optimal qualifications for a teaching candidate is to have at least a 4 year Bachelor’s Degree, TESOL/TEFL certificate, and some teaching experience.
Do I have to be a native English speaker?
Most schools in China prefer native English teachers from the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Great Britain. There are jobs available for non-native speakers but they are much harder to find.
Do I need a degree before I can teach in China or is my TEFL certificate sufficient?
Unfortunately, all the institutes and schools we recruit for require teachers to be native English speakers and hold a recognized university degree. Some associate degrees along with TEFL certificates may be accepted in some circumstances.
May l apply for the work visa before my coming to China?
Absolutely you may. Generally, your employing company may help you with the work visa-Z visa in China if you get the employing invitation form the company; however, the travel visa should be changed according to the time when you go abroad during the period.
May l teach in China if l cannot speak Chinese?
Yes, you can. Foreign language teaching needs no Chinese, but may cause incontinence for your daily life, it’s suggested you go to learn some simple Chinese for your happier trip and more understanding about Chinese culture.
Need l get teaching experience?
It’s not a must to gain teaching experience teaching in China, however, most schools tend to hire the teachers with related experience. Therefore, it’s better to get it. Anyway, you don’t need to worry much about it, as most school arranges foreign language training courses.