Teach English in Shanghai
Benefits and requirements
No Bachelor degree is required but will be a benefit to get a higher salary
TEFL/TESOL Certification is preferred but not necessary since we provide a free certificate (online or offline at your choice) when you arrive and start your work at a school
English language fluency in speaking, reading, and writing
Willingness to stay with the school for 12 or 15 months
Passion for teaching, indulgence, genuine interest for Chinese culture and an open mind
Peak Hiring Months:
Types of Jobs:
Public schools, Colleges, International institutions, Language centers, Kindergartens, and Montessori schools
Citizenship from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa typically required. We also hire non-native English speakers with fluent English from other countries.
Typical Hiring Process:
Interview by Skype, Self-introduction video, CV
Average teaching hours per week:
20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
Types of Students:
Kindergarten education, business professionals, school children, private students,
Cost of Living per Month:
$800 -1,100 USD (5,550 – 7,500 RMB), accommodation is free
Additional benefits and perks:
7000 RMB contract completion bonus, Health insurance,Airport pickup, Overtime pay, Referral bonuses per person (if a new teacher is hired through your recommendation), Help with a bank account, taxes, paying bills, officials and doctors, Pre-job training, Salary increase + yearly bonuses for teachers who stay with the employer, Well-equipped classrooms, All necessary teaching materials, 24/7 phone support during your stay in China
Average Monthly Pay:
Salary up to 17,000 RMB (depends on your schedule, experience, level of English, etc.)
Flight tickets to Beijing + money for the first month of living in China until you get the first salary of $1,000 – 1,300 USD (6,800 – 9,000 RMB)
Potential to Save or Break-even:
Typical monthly savings range from $600 – 1,750 USD/Mo
We provide free accommodation to all our teachers (usually very close to the place of work)
Flight ticket reimbursement after 9 months (the amount should not exceed 3000 RMB)
Vacation – Paid 2 weeks & sick days, national holidays, including Chinese New Year
Z Visa is the legal work visa to teach in China, however, teachers may work on other visas depending on their qualifications. We reimburse you the visa fee after 6 months of the contract
Types of ESL Teaching Jobs in Shanghai
- Public schools
- International institutions
- Language centers
- Kindergartens and Montessori schools
This city is the most populated place in China. This is why you don’t really need to do a lot of research to find a job in Shanghai – once you send your CV to our agency, employers will start contacting you.
Competition is higher for top institutions, but if you are an experienced professional, you’ll find something very soon.
The hardest part is to decide where you wish to work: let’s face it, not everyone is ready to handle a class of 30 or 50 Chinese teens. However, there are many foreigners, who are not afraid of the experience, while others prefer younger children or smaller groups, or love teaching adults.
It’s not only about the pleasure, but about schedules too: if you opt for adult groups, be ready to work on weekends and in the evening (usually till 8 pm).
Teaching English in Shanghai public schools or kindergartens is a better option for those, who like morning classes and enjoy finishing their workday in the afternoon (at about 4 pm).
In fact, most schools offer a typical schedule to all foreign teachers, which includes 5 workdays and 2 days off every week, but it may differ slightly depending on the school and the type of students you choose.
Minimum salaries are equal to 12,000 RMB ($1,750) and can reach 17,000 RMB ($2,500), depending on your qualification and previous experience. Also, employers tend to offer better conditions for jobs for native English speakers in Shanghai, because natives are valued here.
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 students of different ages (mostly children and teenagers)
- 10-15 students in the class
- 15-25 teaching hours per week
- 10-15 office hours to prepare for classes
- Provide written lesson plans
- Help with exams and placement tests
- Use modern approaches and up-to-date technologies in class (watching films, listening and singing songs)
- Encourage students to start speaking and improve their listening skills
- Regularly provide students with feedback and progress reports, answer questions
- Attend training, meetings
- Organize conversation classes, demos etc.
As a rule, Shanghai teaching jobs provide the hired specialist with free housing or offer a fixed monthly allowance (around $430). Our agency is there to help you choose the place you like and rent it before the arrival so that you wouldn’t have to look for a temporary place or book a hotel room.
- We will look for an apartment, that suits your needs. Is the family traveling with you or not? Ready to share the place with another teacher or wish to rent a private apartment? What kind of district and style do you prefer?
- You are going to choose the place yourself – we will send pictures of a few available apartments and answer your questions.
- The school will pay for it, so you rent whatever you like.
- We only offer apartments in safe districts, not far from metro stations/ bus stops, so that getting to work or going out afterward would be easy and as fast as possible.
Since rent is a bit more expensive here than in some other cities, many foreigners teaching in Shanghai stick to flat-sharing: its cheap (will surely be covered by the monthly allowance) and more fun, because you don’t feel lonely and have someone by your side. It may be useful if your flatmate has lived in the city for some time and already knows ins and outs of how things work.
What is it like to live in Shanghai?
Shanghai is rich and it’s growing fast. The city is considered one of the top job markets around the globe, so if you want a place, where you can easily find a well-paid position, it’s a great option.
As there are over 24 million inhabitants here, you can imagine how enormous is the number of English schools in Shanghai! There are over 240 middle and high schools since around 20% of the population are under 18 years old.
35 of them are international schools, which means, that all teachers are English speakers, subjects are taught in this international language.
There are over 300 language centers, constantly looking for experienced teachers or English speakers willing to start a career in education.
Don’t forget about kindergartens, preschools and early development centers, full of opportunities for those foreigners, who enjoy working with small kids.
Being bilingual is a very popular idea in modern China, so many parents want their children to begin to learn foreign languages as early as possible. So a native or a non-native with a good level can easily find hundreds of English teaching jobs in Shanghai.
What Makes Shanghai Unique?
- Population: 24 million
- Public Transportation: 2 international airports, 4 major train stations, 16 subway lines, thousands of bus routes & taxis
- Language: Mandarin, local dialects
- Climate: Subtropical, with four seasons – hot summers and mild winters
You love diversity and the hustle and bustle of big cities? Shanghai might be where you belong.
Imagine a city with a 24-million population – isn’t it huge? We bet, it’s bigger, than anything you’ve ever seen in your life (except for Tokyo and Delhi if you were lucky enough to visit them)!
But it’s not the size that makes this Chinese city so special – it’s the spirit of the place, the fantastic mix of old and modern, of traditions and latest trends, of Asian culture and innovations from the West.
Whoever gets to work in Shanghai, notices how unpredictable, diverse and full of life it is!