Types of ESL Teaching Jobs in Beijing
- Training courses
- State/private schools
Education system in Beijing
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.
Types of jobs
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 12,000-14,000 RMB ($1,750-2050) per month, but it really depends on the school, your level, and your schedule. There are international courses, offering up to 17,000 RMB ($2,500).
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.