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Q: Is it possible for a non-native speaker to teach in China?

I'm an ESL Teacher from Philippines. I have worked for two companies (S&A Language School and Tutoring Club) since 2012 - 2014. I resigned from work last month to enter a contract of marriage with a Chinese national. Now, my husband continues to work in Shanghai while I am left here in Xi'an. He doesn't want me to go back to Philippines. At first, I thought it was okay to be a full-time housewife but later I realized it's very boring to be staying at home only. I'm not familiar with the place, I only know a lil about Chinese language, and I don't have friends here too. So, I would like to get a part-time job as an English teacher. I haven't applied in any schools yet, however I have read that schools only hire NATIVE SPEAKERS (based on their ads). If there are teaching opportunities you can recommend, please contact me. Xiexie Smile

 

5 years 22 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - Xi'an

 
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As I understand from your question, you were working in Philippines and quit to get married in China. If that's the case, the you can look for a job here in China. Non natives will have a harder time but since you are here already, it makes the search easier. You can look for jobs in Xi'an, part time or full time is available. Since you already have the experience, getting a teaching job shouldn't pose a problem. However, do note that they do prefer native speakers but there are many cases where non natives are employed. Just be patient and continue looking. Good luck on your job hunt! 

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As I understand from your question, you were working in Philippines and quit to get married in China. If that's the case, the you can look for a job here in China. Non natives will have a harder time but since you are here already, it makes the search easier. You can look for jobs in Xi'an, part time or full time is available. Since you already have the experience, getting a teaching job shouldn't pose a problem. However, do note that they do prefer native speakers but there are many cases where non natives are employed. Just be patient and continue looking. Good luck on your job hunt! 

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5 years 22 weeks ago
 
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Don't worry, what you read on adverts about 'Native English teacher required'. 

 

Make ready your Resume, with all required documents, and send it EVERYWHERE!

 

Chinese won't reply, if they're not interested. Don't worry! Never stop sending your Resume. It's two hours every day's job.

 

Good luck!

 

 

 

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5 years 22 weeks ago
 
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continue submitting online AND in person

your persistance will pay off

where i work, most of the FT's are non-native speakers

 

good luck wink

 

side-note - remove your email address from the original posting, for your own safety !

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5 years 22 weeks ago
 
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You can probably get an ESL job in Chine, but I would attach a few caveats.First, you may not be able to get the sort of visa that would make everything official for work (a Z visa). What that would mean is working on you Q visa, which isn't exactly legal, and that limits the type of schools that you can work for. My advice there would be to either find the largest chain school you can--it helps if you can plausibly claim to be from one of the big 7--one which can convince the government officials tasked with assuring that everything is kosher to look the other way when its time to review the paper work. If you can't find one of those, look for a smaller "black" school which is going to be off the radar of the authorities. Avoid  mid market schools at all costs. At a smaller school expect to be paid a little less than you would be otherwise, and not always on time. Also, there is a good chance your boss will be slightly bigger scumbag than usual.

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5 years 22 weeks ago
 
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Depends on your qualifications... if you have none, it's not looking good for you! If you have some, make it VERY clear on your resumes (which don't mention your nationality! Much better to get bites first (ie, replies) and then let them decide to take you or not based on your English!)

 

DO NOT send copies of your passport! A) it might get used for identity theft, B) one look, and they can just ignore you.

 

If you don't have qualifications, look into getting some! And make them good qualifications! Cheap online TEFL courses are a waste of money, and won't help you much at all. CELTA and Trinity are your best bets (but know that many/most schools here don't know anything about them). Bachelor/Master degrees are good!

 

If you've got other marketable skills - highlight it! Lots of people here want Business English, and in Xi'an, I'd imagine a bit of call for Tourism English.

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Several years ago I was a student of a Philippine girl, who had a lot of students in Beijing. But if she had applied to school jobs she probably had also be refused. So try recruit students on your own. Once when a brilliant chef told me that he was constantly refused by 5-star or 4-star hotels, I told him that as long as these hotels were located still in downtown and China has, or at least was thought to have, so many brilliant chefs who were longing for 5-star jobs it was not surprising that the arrogant owners gave little appreciation on a unfamous job-seeker.

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Its possible for I am a non-native teacher but I have Masters Degree in English Linguistics and Literature with 149 TEFL.A plus of three years teaching experience. I just got one chance of an interview after hundreds of applications over various sites. Dave ESL Cafe worked for me. I clicked in the interview and its my 6th month here as a legal English Language Teacher with no less facilities than natives. Z visa and FEC depend upon the respective administration as in my case I had no problem with getting it.

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Shanghai is Big city.

Why dont you shift to shanghai with your husband ?

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Yes it is Possible just find the school and they all only need you ability and experience of teaching....

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Yeah, Chinese do it all the time.

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ESL Part-time Teacher Needed(Xi'an in China)

 

compensation: 8,000~15,000 RMB

 

Now we are looking or enthusiastic and committed part-time English teacher from Englsh speaking countries to join us.

 

The students' age is from 6-18 years old.

Working Time: Up to your available calendar and students' needs.

Benefits:

1. Monthly pocket money

2. Convenient teaching place

3. High efficient working time

4. Spending holiday with the host family

 

The ideal candidate will

. have enthusiastic to teach students

. have excellent English accent

 

The responsibilities will include:

. give feedback on student's performance in class

. correct students' homework

 

We offer a competitive salary. If you are native speakers or freelance foreign students, and think you are fully qualified, please sincerely send us your cv and photos, urgent!

 

Director : Joshua Hah

Phone : 155-0292-2482

E-mail : gwangjing@yahoo.com

 

 

 

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