Published: 11 October, 2014  |  Last updated: 11 October, 2014

Teaching English in Tianjin, China


Tianjin, China 

Report submitted on 11 October, 2014 by Ronan.

Teaching English in Tianjin, China:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Tianjin, China?
Word of mouth, online, call into the school in person, etc. Usual methods.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions.

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
TESL Cert.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
2 years experience.

What are the levels of payment?
Varies from 100Rmb – 200Rmb per hour (US$17 – US$34).

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

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
25-30 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
Public holidays – that’s all.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Tianjin, China to teach English?
– be prepared for a culture shock.
– be prepared for air pollution
– be prepared to be ripped off
– research the school beforehand as many unscrupulous operators exist

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Tianjin, China?
There is a high regard for teachers.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Tianjin, China?
Teaching hours can be inconvenient.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Getting students to speak is the most difficult task in China as students more often than not like to keep quiet for fear of loosing face if they make a mistake.


Living in Tianjin, China:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in China?
Z visa (working visa).

What is the cost of living like in China?
– rent 1,500 – 2,000Rmb per month (approx US$250)
– food varies depending on restaurant type or cooking at home. Generally can get by on 50 to 100 Rmb per day (approx. US$8 – US$17).

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Schools can arrange accommodation or you find your own.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Tianjin, China?
Good transport, nice places to visit, no shortage of shopping outlets.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Tianjin, China?
– air pollution
– congestion on the streets
– budget restaurants have poor hygiene practices

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Tianjin, China to live?
– make sure you will earn 10-12k per month (approx. US$1,630 – US$1,950)
– have somewhere to live before arriving

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
– clean air
– quiet streets with no cars honking horns
– food
– the beach being a 5 min walk away

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country (e.g. things that are difficult to get in your location)?
Wettex cloths.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Tianjin, China?
Having plenty of amenities nearby.


About Me and My Work:

My Name: Ronan

Nationality: Irish

Students I’ve taught in China: Pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), adults, business.

How I found my current jobs: Website, local one.

My school facilities: Adequate – has everything required.

Teacher support at my school: None.


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2 comments on “Teaching English in China – Tianjin”

  1. Hey, guys!
    I am an English teacher currently living in Guangdong province and I teach English to kids. I have to say that so far it has been oner of the best experiences of my life. It is important to say that I already have lots of experience with studying, working and living in China. I also speak Chinese and Spanish (I am mexican). So if anyone is interested in more advice for teaching in China do not hesitate in sending me an e-mail.
    My e-mail is:

  2. We are a English Children’s Book Reading studio, we have a foreign teach teaching here now. The main job is lead the children read some Children’s book.

    Now we need some more teachers, if you interest here, please just contact me.

    It’s a great team here, we have piano classroom and great people to work together with.

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