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 12,000-25,000 RMB, but it really depends on the school, your level, and your schedule. There are international courses, offering up to 17,000 RMB .
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.
hat to expect from your role as an English teacher in Beijing
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
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.
What is it like to live 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.