There is no doubt that to be an ESL teacher, you have to speak good English. In China, native speakers from USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa are the top one option for Chinese employers. And non-native English speakers whose English are really close to native are also acceptable for some schools.
For education and experience, a qualified ESL teacher should have a bachelor degree and two years working experience. For some parts of China, bachelor degree and two years working experience are required to apply for the work visa, especially for the tier 1 city such as Beijing and Shanghai. But for some tier 2 and other cities of China, bachelor degree and working experience are preferred but not prerequisite. Therefore, when you apply for an ESL teacher job in China, you need to make sure whether you can get a work visa in the city that the school is located. If you apply for an ESL teacher job through
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TEFL/TESOL/CELTA is also a plus for you to become an ESL teacher in China. TEFL/TESOL/CELTA is the certificate to show that you’re educated to be able to teach English to a foreigner and capable to be an ESL teacher. It can offset the relative working experience, if you don’t have. For some parts of China, it’s also a must to apply for the work visa. For the detail information, please consult with our assistants. We highly recommend that you get a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate before you become an ESL teacher in China.
There are also other preferences from different schools that we will discuss later.