English language teaching has been popular in China for thirty years or more, although recently the job market has changed due to Covid and the move towards online learning.
However, China is still the largest English language learning market in the world and it is still growing. Demand often outstrips supply and so, if you are a native English speaker with a degree and TESOL, and are already in China, then you will likely have your pick of English teaching jobs.
School students learn English as part of the curriculum and are generally thought to be very friendly and welcoming to foreigners, although you may have to moderate your more adventurous lesson plans. You may still find that politics and religion are not to be discussed in class and you will need to be prepared for large student numbers, perhaps accompanied by less than adequate resources.
China has therefore become more competitive and we are seeing fewer jobs advertised for in-class teaching, but there is still growth for online English teaching.
Expect more perks and a higher salary with more experience.
Tips for teaching English in China:
* the Premier 120-hr TESOL for Asia as a basic qualification
* the 30-hour Teaching English to Young Learners course as this will be useful
* consider applying via an agency to compare jobs. Global English TESOL graduates have access to the schools and job agencies listed on our site; many offering return flights, housing allowance and competitive salary.