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June 22, 2008

Q and A - Getting a job in China

Hello readers,

This month's question is from Dan and is about getting a job in China.

Ms Rueckert,

I read your articles on the Internet and was impressed with your experience in China. My wife and I are drawing near retirement (early next year) and are looking for meaningful ways to continue to make contributions to Education. I have a BSEd, a MA in Psychology, and a MS in Logistics. My wife has a BA in Psychology and a MSEd. We both have 10 years plus of College Faculty and Administration experience now.

I know you are a busy lady, but could you possibly refer us to sites, companies, or agencies that could give us information about teaching in China?


Answer: ...

... Hello Dan,

Here are some recommended websites for teaching in China:


Here are also a few websites for teaching ESL in general- you'll need to search for China within their search engines:


There are plenty of jobs in China. You could teach at elementary schools, junior high schools, colleges, universities, private English language schools, international schools, etc. If you would like to be taken care of the first year, e.g., have your accommodation provided, have someone sort out your visa for you, etc., then you might want to think about working at a university. These jobs are quite safe and you'll be taken care of quite well. You'll also have a decent salary because of your MA degrees. However, if you simply want to make money, then your best bet is working at a private English language school like Wall Street, English First, etc.. The downside of these jobs is that you tend to have long hours and that private English language schools can go bankrupt (not always, but can do, which is unlike university positions).

Good luck! I think you'll be quite happy in China. I know that I loved it!
Hope that helps. Feel free to write back if you need more help.

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a Head teacher, an Education Manager, and a Material Development Manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in Reading, England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at June 22, 2008 02:56 PM

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I have been teaching in China for fifteen years and from what I know first hand is that no school, university or whatever, is teaching people to speak English correctly. As 95% of the Chinese are at an entry level or beginning level, teaching anything above that is nonsense! I have taught at a university for two years in China and everyone who taught with me and at the other schools in the city discussed what a joke it is to pretend to be teaching anywhere in China. This country needs real teachers with real curriculums, not made up, hand me down lists of topics. If you don't know how to assess a person's level, don't teach. I know that everyone is trying the best to help, but that doesn't address the major problems of English teaching in China. Poor to bad curriculum, out dated curriculum, and no real curriculum are all on-going problems in China.

The people don't know how to use pronouns, the articles, third person singular ending, the past tense and the conditional tenses are not known to anyone in China. These are some of the glaring mistakes that are not being addressed in, apparently, every place. Real teachers, who know and understand the psychology of learning and teaching, are needed in China. Working at most of the schools is not doing the job correctly. I would work at Wall Street or English First, because I have been to both of those places and what is being done there is not correct education.
The Chinese schools are simply a joke.

Posted by: Bob Toomey at July 15, 2008 04:37 AM

Coachdevelop.com is a great platform for ESL teachers and international students as well as experts who are planning to come to work or study in China, and the teachers, students and experts will get in touch with their ideal employers and universities face to face online in anytime at anywhere. We would offer plenty of opportunities there in China and it will be convenience for users to log on and find what they are looking for.

Posted by: David at July 20, 2008 09:19 AM

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