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June 25, 2006


Awesome info. Do you have to know any chinese and what background do they expect from you?

I will have a master's degree soon, not in education though i've got teaching experience.


also feel this is great stuff...any more specifics on how many classes are expected, the length of each class, what it costs to live monthly...and how does teaching in china compare with teaching in korea? Thx!


1) You do not have to know Chinese to teach English, you will learn some as it is. They often tell you that free Chinese lessons come with the job to entice people.

2) No background in anything necessary for a job with a Chinese school. Other schools will require more for more pay. Even some Universities are taking high school grad's.

3) A master's should over qualify you, and you might not get paid extra for it. Try Korea, Tiawan or Japan with a master's. Oh, I know that Taiwan does not accept online degrees if that changes anything.

4) There might be short or long classes, depending on the kind of school. University could have 6 people in a class, elementary could have 40. You might be expected to teach between 14-30 classes in a week.

5) How much does it cost to live? That is up to the person and your salary. You can live on 3,000 rmb (with housing) and have fun, but not much. You can have beer for three rmb or less, you can go to bars with no cover, and you can eat at medium range restaurants. I spend more than 3,000 in a month, but that is me.

6) China vs. Korea
They both have an issue with planning, Chinese being even more last-minute than Koreans. They are totally opposite in other ways. For example, Chinese are almost expected to take a nap at work and call in sick. In Korea, they will want you to work for a half day rather than take a whole day sick, even if you are super sick. The Chinese might not pay you, the Koreans might not pay you. China is not bothered by a working visa, business visa or tourist visa while Korea is looking for any excuse to bar foreigners from their homogenous society.

Both places have pro's and con's. If you are confident that you can get into a good deal in Beijing or Shanghai, you can make and save a lot of money, this is true. But, the number of people in the city doing this is growing, so the job market is thinning. China accepts private lessons and Korea does not.


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I just finished a term in Beijing. The pay is not where near what the person listed above, for teaching. The average IN Beijing is 3500 RMB but I the university I taught at was a "#1" or "top" one and it started at 3,000 and topped out at $3500.

Pay like that mentioned above is just about only available with multiple jobs or private schools or private business teaching.


I have only known 2 people that make the kind of money you suggest. You would be the third. The first two both came on contracts from the internet and thought that was the best they could do.

I knew a guy making 160 yuan per hour from a Chinese elementary school. Jiao Jiao's University paid their foreign teachers 160 per hour for 10 hours.

Don't be fooled by internet recruiters...although there is not much alternative without bravery to just go.

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