Published: 12 October, 2018  |  Last updated: 12 October, 2018

Teaching English in Shanghai, China


Report submitted on 07 Jan, 2018 by Julia.

Teaching English in Shanghai, China:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Shanghai, China?
Through job applications.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Part time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools, private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.)

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
Good pronunciation and knowledge go English, teaching diplomas and certificates.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
I’d recommend getting different kinds of teaching certificates.

What are the levels of payment?
150-200 rmb (approx. 21,70 – 28,90US$) per hour.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
5 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
National holidays.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Shanghai, China to teach English?
Be prepared for culture shock.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Shanghai, China?
I love the people of this country.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Shanghai, China?
Not so much.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Difficulties with pronunciation.


Living in Shanghai, China:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in China?
Yes, there are.

What is the cost of living like in China?

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Agencies help.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Shanghai, China?
It’s a megapolis.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in scenery, China?
No holidays.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Shanghai, China?
Be kind.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
Internet, dairy products.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave China?

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?


About Me and My Work:

My Name: Julia

Nationality: USA

Students I’ve taught in China: toddlers (2-4 years), pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), adults, business

How long have been teaching here: Teaching for 1 year.

How I found my current jobs: Through the Internet.

My school facilities: Good. Classrooms are good.

What kind of teacher support is available at your school/s?
training / workshops, lesson observations, teacher evaluations, peer support / training


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