Teach English in Beijing
ESL Jobs in Beijing
The Chinese capital city is now one of the world’s top destinations for those, who want to work in a changing and dynamic environment and explore Asia. Many foreigners come to work in Beijing as an English teacher because it’s a relatively easy way to find a well-paid job and discover the culture and get to know Chinese people.
This huge city offers amazing opportunities for both natives and non-natives: there are over 220 educational institutions here, including colleges, private and state schools. English teachers are needed everywhere. Don’t forget, that since the population keeps growing, new schools are opened every year, so the demand for qualified foreigners is permanent throughout the year.
In fact, one of the greatest advantages of looking for jobs in Beijing and similar huge cities is that you can move here at any given moment and find a teaching position almost instantly. At international schools and language courses, they can form new groups of students every month, plus there are tutoring positions etc., so an extra teacher is always good news, no matter if (s)he arrives in September, or in May.
What Makes Beijing Unique?
- Language: Mandarin
- Population: 21,7 million
- Public transport: subway (14 lines), bus, taxi; international airport, 4 main railway stations
- Climate: humid continental
Even though its capital is not the biggest city in China, it’s full of fantastic opportunities for newcomers. Beijing is one of the alpha cities and world leaders in business, finance, and technology. Being about 3,000 years old, it’s also an important cultural center, you can see many historic buildings and beautiful architecture while walking in the old quarters.
Like many other Chinese cities, its cityscape is quite diverse, featuring modern skyscrapers, thousand-year-old temples, and traditional pagodas, old townhouses and futuristic buildings.
Don’t forget about the Great Wall and other famous attractions, like Tiananmen Square and Summer Palace…
But cultural heritage is not the only reason to come here and find a job in Beijing, as there are plenty of others:
One ride on the subway will cost you only 2 RMB ($0,30), which makes it a great way to travel around the city. Plus, all the information is written in Mandarin and English, so if you don’t speak any Chinese yet, you won’t get lost. The bus system is even cheaper, but the names of stations are in Chinese only, and buses are usually very crowded. You can get a monthly ticket for as little as $27.
Admiring old buildings is not the only way to entertain yourself in here – try going to the Opera or watch a real Kung Fu performance at one of the theaters. Nightlife is also present here – there is a whole area, called Sanlitun, which is filled with bars and nightclubs. It’s very popular with foreigners and expats, so if you wish to meet someone speaking your language, you know where to look.
Taste northern cuisine
Beijing style is different from many others and local snacks are a very popular gift to bring home from China. You’ve probably heard of Peking duck, but how about Jingjiang sweet pork or Beijing yogurt? The yogurt is a great way to refresh yourself on a hot summer day and is different from Western-style ones.
Great ideas for vacation!
Living here, you have an endless list of what to do on weekends, and where to go, and what places to visit abroad, because it’s so much easier and faster to go to South Korea, Japan or Vietnam from here. In fact, many foreigners come to teach English in Beijing, just because it’s a couple of hours away from other great Asian destinations, and it’s a chance to travel cheap and fast during their contract.
Even though apartments here are quite expensive (compared to some other regions), you can easily afford a comfortable living, teaching English at a Chinese school. A basic lunch usually costs $7, a monthly membership at a local gym is about $112 and an apartment will cost around $730 (however, you don’t have to worry about that, because rent will be paid for by the employer).
Put money by
Living here, you can save money for the future, because the pay at local schools is very decent and you get bonuses and extra cash easily. Plus, Beijing teaching jobs usually let you earn more doing tutoring jobs inside or outside the school, while still getting free accommodation. This lets you save up to 60-70% of your wages, so many teachers leave the capital after one year contract with about $20,000 in their pockets. However, many of them sign new contracts and stay longer.
Types of ESL Teaching Jobs in Beijing
- Training courses
- State/private schools
The education system in China is similar to the one, we got used to in Western countries: studies begin in September (or late August), the spring semester starts just after the Spring Festival (around March). Since it’s a big city and there is a great demand for foreigners; if you are interested in teaching English in Beijing, you don’t necessarily have to come here in the fall. In fact, you can sign a contract whenever you come, because they usually hire teachers every month at training schools (there are lots of new students and groups in need of a teacher).
If you wish to start in September, we advise you to apply several months in advance (February-May), if you want to start after the New Year, contact us around January. In this case, you’ll have plenty of time to get a work visa and do all the necessary preparations.
It’s also important to choose wisely the place you want to work at because training courses and public schools tend to have very different conditions: there can be up to 50 children in your class, if you teach at a state school, while training centers limit the number to 20. It doesn’t necessarily mean, that going to a big class is a bad idea – it’s not. There are a lot of ESL jobs in Beijing schools and there are teachers, eager to work in an authentic Chinese environment, dealing with average students at an ordinary school. It really depends on your experience, abilities, and wishes.
The average salary is around 11,000-13,000 RMB ($1,600-2000) per month, but it really depends on the school, your level, and your schedule. There are international courses, offering up to 18,000 RMB ($2,600).
Normally, Beijing international school jobs offer a 5-day workweek with about 20 or 25 classes in total. You stay at home or travel on weekends, plus you have holidays and extra days off. Some centers need weekend teachers, especially if there are groups of adult students, but it’s the kind of question, that is asked before you are hired, so nobody will make you go to the office on Sunday if you don’t want to.
What to expect from your role as an English teacher in Shanghai
So, what exactly will you be expected to do? Usually, responsibilities are very typical for all language courses and public schools:
- Teach Monday-Friday till 4 pm or 8 pm (if your day starts in the afternoon)
- 20-25 classes per week
- Maximum 15 prep hours
- Up to 20 students in the class (50 for state schools)
- Use modern technologies and approaches in class
- Develop students’ speaking and listening skills in the first place
- Do lesson planning, provide feedback, answer students’ questions
- Attend school meetings, observe others’ classes, training
- Do demo classes, presentations
Compensation and salary
If you are ready to work hard, be sure, that English teaching jobs in Beijing can be extremely beneficial not only on a cultural level but in terms of finance, since a good worker always gets a lot more, than a basic salary.
- Salary up to 16,000 RMB (depends on your schedule, experience, level of English etc.)
- Free accommodation
- Help with visa and documentation
- 11+13 days off per school year
- Flight ticket reimbursement after 9 months (the amount should not exceed 3000 RMB)
- 7000 RMB contract completion bonus
- Visa fee reimbursement after 6 months of the contract
- Airport pickup
- Welcome pack (monthly transport ticket, SIM card, health assurance etc.)
- Guided tour around Beijing + tip about where to go in your district
- Loyalty bonus for each subsequent contract with the school
- Referral bonuses per person (if a new teacher is hired through your recommendation)
- Performance bonuses
- Summer class bonuses (per month): 500 RMB
- Help with everything related to bureaucracy or medicine
- Help with a bank account, taxes, paying bills, interacting with officials and doctors (if needed)
- Coaching, workshops, class reviews and mutual observation
- Free courses of Mandarin Chinese
- Bi-annual certification
- TEFL certificate (if needed)
One of the reasons, why you can put a significant amount of money by, doing jobs in Beijing China, is that foreigners get free housing (or a monthly allowance from the school, that will cover the biggest part of the rent if not all). Once you’ve discussed all work-related questions and have got your Z visa, we contact local estate agents and start looking for a place for you to live.
- You will choose the one you like. We’ll send you pictures of the apartments and you’ll pick the best one.
- You won’t have to pay for it yourself. Our agency and the school will deal with it.
- Do you want to live alone? Some teachers do, others come with their families, and there are people, who want to share the apartment with a fellow teacher. It’s also a great way to save some money if you have a monthly allowance.
- It will be well situated. Don’t worry, you won’t be sent to a far end of the capital and have to spend an eternity to get to work. Our clients teaching in Beijing get places near the school and in nice districts, so that they could spend more time outside, go out and meet new people.
Qualifications & Skills
Unlike other ESL recruitment agencies and schools, we do not require you to have academic degree, TEFL/TESOL certificate or teaching experience. If you are fluent in English and want to teach kids or adults in China, you are welcome to apply and we will find you a teaching position in more than 60 cities around China.
- English language fluency in speaking, reading, and writing
- Willingness to stay with the school for 12 or 15 months
- Creativity, diligence, good communication skills, patience and interest for Chinese culture,
- You can earn more and apply for better positions if you have TEFL with at least 120 hours of experience (but you can do certification after your arrival or online)
1 or 2 years of prior experience
- Age: 18 - 45
Apply Now to Teach English in Beijing
What do you say? If it sounds interesting to you, contact us and we will call you back within 24 hours, offering a few schools, where you could teach in Beijing. For this, we will need the following documents:
- Your CV
- Cover letter
- Recent photo of you
- Preferences for schedule and students (age)
When are you able to start?
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