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Teach English In China


Turn A Year Abroad Into A Lifetime Of Memories!
Limited Openings For Early 2020


Join our community of over 2000 English Teachers in 60 cities across China and meet like-minded people just like you.


Attend company sponsored social or cultural events to learn more about your new home.


EF’s world-class teacher development program with certification courses are offered inclusively.

An Experience You Will Never Forget

EF English First is looking for enthusiastic go-getters and adventurers to join us in China for the experience of a lifetime. Every year hundreds of graduates from all kinds of backgrounds and majors join us in China to teach English. We’re offering you the opportunity to live and work abroad, experience new places, new cultures, travel in your spare time, and earn a full time salary.


You don’t need any teaching experience or be able to speak Chinese. EF will provide you with all the training and qualifications you need. We’ll even pay for your flight to China for some of our locations.


All you have to do is submit an application, have your interview, and we’ll take care of the rest.


Experience Your EF Journey With Michael.
From Application To Arrival, Here's What You Can Expect

Explore China

The world’s oldest civilization is continually updating with a fresh, modern face. Enjoy the amazing cityscapes and vibrant mega city lifestyle or witness the breathtaking mountains of Zhangjiajie (featured in the movie. Avatar), climb the Great Wall, and explore the many UNESCO World Heritage sites that China has to offer. China is a country with endless opportunities for adventure and is a place not to be missed.


Teaching At EF English First

You’ll be provided with all the resources you need including extensive teacher notes and adaptable lesson plans to become the best teacher you can be. Our new and colorful classrooms offer state-of-the-art technology including Internet connected computers, interactive whiteboards or touchscreen TVs and iPads. We also offer a world-class teacher development program with certification courses exclusively for our teachers to help them move into more senior positions within EF.


You will be provided with a free, 2-week hotel stay upon arrival in China. This hotel stay will give you time to explore your new city and get familiar with your new surroundings. We offer full support when finding an apartment by providing a cash advance and a list of English speaking agents to help guide you through the initial lease signing.


We Would Like To Meet You, If You Have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree
  • A TEFL Certification (EF TEFL sponsorship available)
  • A Passport from UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand
  • The ability to obtain a clear background check
  • The time to live abroad for at least one year

So Why Should You Work Abroad?

“80% of employers are actively looking for people who have international experience.”



  • 13,000 – 15,000 RMB monthly, based on qualifications
  • 8,000 RMB annual flight allowance
  • Performance bonus after 6 months up to 1,950 RMB per month at our Kids & Teens schools
  • Sponsored legal Z work visa
  • 12,000 RMB salary advance available
  • Health insurance
  • 10 paid annual leave days plus 11 national holidays
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Free hotel for your first two weeks at EF English First
  • Sponsored accreditations including Cambridge TKT, Trinity CertTESOL, Trinity DipTESOL and DELTM
  • Free Mandarin Chinese lessons
  • Weekly EF sponsored social & cultural events
  • Employee discount scheme
  • Job rotation scheme

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About EF English First

EF English First, a division of EF Education First,

is the world’s leading privately owned education company.

Founded in 1965, EF operates in over 50 countries around the world. We have vacancies for teaching positions across China so if you prefer the fast paced city life like Shanghai, or want to be immersed in the more traditional culture of a smaller city, we probably have the position for you.

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My time in China is coming to an end and I can’t believe it. What an adventure this past year has been 🙈❤️ #eflteacher #ef #efchina #china
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Thank you for the amazing two years. It's been a great adventure with all those friends from all over the world!
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The teaching program is highly recommended to all those adventurer especially who just graduated from college. I've learn many skills and witness the a totally different culture full of amaze...

“At EF, we tend to share the same sense of adventure and community. We talk about new places to visit and things to do. Being a teacher is not a desk job. It’s hectic and can be hard work, but also fun. There’s something that surprises me every day working in China that I know I wouldn’t find anywhere else.”


Frequently Asked Questions

No. We never use Chinese in the classroom, don’t worry if you think that sounds strange, when you do our sponsored TEFL course it will become clear how we do this. Most cities in China have English road signs and English metro stations. Most restaurants have food in English, if not they generally have pictures. Learning some basic survival Chinese when you arrive, such as addresses for taxis and some food is recommended though just to make things a bit easier. In most large cities you can even order food using apps in English.

You can apply and start to teach with EF any time. We have limited vacancies all year round.


If you are graduating this year, you can start teaching after you have the certificate. However, the best time to apply is now so you have plenty of time to prepare.

Yes. Previous teaching experience is not necessary, but is valued if you have it. We will give you all the skills you need to help you feel confident standing in a classroom. As long as you have a bachelor’s degree in any subject we can help you with the rest.

Yes, although it does depend on your lifestyle. The salary in RMB is above average for China so there’s normally some left at the end of the month to save or to pay off student loans. If you share an apartment with other teachers and eat Chinese food you will have more left than if you have your own place and eat western style food every day.

It shouldn’t be too difficult to adjust, we have a community of over 2000 English teachers in China who help and support each other. We have our own social network for teachers to ask questions and look for assistance. Along with that we have organized social and cultural events for our teachers most of which are free, to help them meet other teachers and to understand Chinese culture.

If you have more questions, the best thing to do is apply. If you meet the visa requirements, one of our recruiters will contact you for an initial chat before moving to interview. This is the best time to ask those initial questions.

EF Teachers

EF teachers are the best interesting and best teachers you can ever in the world. They're professional, creative and responsible and eager to teach you the spirit of English. Come to China and meet teachers from all over the world!


EF teachers are the best interesting and best teachers you can ever in the world. They're professional, creative and responsible and eager to teach you the spirit of English. Come to China and meet teachers from all over the world!



Official Language Training Supplier to 7 Olympic Games

Winner of Best Companies to Work for in Asia ® Awards 2019 by HR Asia

National Five Star Gold Teacher Team Award from Sina.com

Recipient of the China Charity Festival’s Innovative Charity Award

Holder of 2 Guinness World records

Boston (USA)
EF Education First
1 Education Street,
Cambridge, MA 02141 USA
Tel. +1 617 619 1938
USA, East Coast office hours.

London (UK)
EF Education First
22 Chelsea Manor Street,
London SW3 5RL. UK.
Tel. +44 (0)7341 8638
+44 (0)207 341 8500
UK office hours.

Shanghai (China)
EF Education First
1st Floor, Jiu An Plaza,
258 Tongren Road,
Shanghai, China 200040.
Tel. +86 (21) 6039 5868
China office hours.

EF English First is a division of EF Education First Worldwide

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