Guide to TEFL in China

What is TEFL?

Let's start from the top. TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. There are also other acronyms such as TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and others that all mean about the same thing. Each of these programs has its own philosophy, methodologies and training courses, and they are all preparing you to teach students how to speak English. 


Who is qualified to teach English in China?  

Requirements can vary from province to province in China, but to keep things simple, we require teachers to have a passport from a country that speaks English as its native language. More specifically, these countries are the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Every candidate must have a Bachelors degree from an accredited university with any major.

Regulations on requirements for who can receive the proper Z visa to teach English in China can change often, but across the board, it is becoming more common for a TEFL certification to be part of the requirement for employment. A candidate with 2 years experience in education would generally be exempt from becoming TEFL certified.

What kind of TEFL certification should I take?

A simple search online will reveal a number of different options for TEFL programs. The options range from free, short classes online to more expensive, longer in-person classes in foreign countries.  The short, easy answer is that the 120 hour TEFL, with an accredited program, will meet requirements across the board for teaching in China. This could be online or in-person, or some combination.  The difference is that the in-person class will give you some actual experience getting up and practicing the material that you are learning. Online, you won’t receive the same interaction or training, but you will learn the theory and techniques.

An online class is great for those that are busy and would like to get certified in their free time, without devoting weeks or months to getting certified full time. If you'd like to devote your life to teaching English abroad, or if you've got time and money to spend, an in-person TEFL course can be a great investment. 

A TEFL certification can be viewed as a passport to the world, allowing you to go just about anywhere and teach English. 

 What can I do with this certification?

In China, and many other countries around the world, doors will open up.  You can teach children, teens, and adults (everyone!) with this certification, as the theories and principles for learning the language are the same.  

What do I learn in a TEFL course? 

Covers all the things you’d want in learning classroom instruction: reading, writing, speaking, listening, as well as classroom management, discipline, and our course offers a bonus unit for those who will be dealing with young learners.

How long does it take? 

For the online 120 Hour Course, a diligent student should be able to finish in about a month, and at a slower pace could take as much as three months. It's self paced, so the timing is up to you!

How much should I pay?

Courses can range from around $200 and go up over $1,000, depending on whether it is online or in-person and what the course is offering. 

For those looking for an introduction to teaching and the right credentials needed for the job, we recommend our course with INTESOL, one of the best prices out there, at $215.  

We have never had a TEFL graduate who could not find a job upon graduation.  Rest assured that you will be able to find employment with us after completing your course. 

This all sounds great, where do I sign up??

For more information, please take a look at our TEFL Certification program with INTESOL.  Also, feel free to reach out through our Contact page with any questions you may have regarding TEFL or teaching in China.

Getting started today with a TEFL course prepares you for the adventure of a lifetime as you will learn the skills and acquire the credentials to teach and travel abroad.