High School Teaching

As a High School teacher, you’ll be working with students at the peak of their exam journey, as they’ll studying for the Gaokao. The Gaokao are their end of High school exams that will determine which university they can get into. Expect to be working with 30 plus students in a typical classroom environment, educating them about English as a second language, or your subject you’ve studied to teach as a professional teacher.

High School is a fantastic time in a student’s life to learn English as a second language, as you can make fun, active and engaging content around learning the language. Expect to be teaching the same lesson to multiple classrooms and planning your lessons around your teaching time. Students in High School range from 16-17 years are enthusiastic about gaining a global perspective and learning about something different they won’t be tested on. So, remember, teaching High school students is more about teaching English as a second language, as they’re ready to understand your perspectives, culture and passion for the English language whilst temporary learning something they don’t feel pressure around.

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Is High School Teaching Right for Me?

The main goal of most secondary schools is to prepare students for higher education, to college or university. Secondary schools are usually measured by how many successful students they send, and to which colleges or universities. This competitiveness has lots to do with limited spaces and high applicants. Why are we telling you this? High school students will be amid their exam journey and are most likely a stressed with their evermore, intensified workload and pressure from their teachers and parents to do well academically. Therefore, teaching English as a second language to High school students, you’ll need to make sure your lessons are fun and allow the students to learn in an engaging environment.

The classroom styles for typical High schools are a teacher at the front, and then 30 plus students in rows facing the teacher. You’ll need to be a teacher that enjoys engaging the classroom with activities. Mostly using PowerPoint, you’ll be driving home the school’s curriculum of key areas they want you to focus on, but the school will not mostly care about how the students are doing academically towards their exam goals. The support and infrastructure from schools is constructive in a High school environment and you’ll be communicating that to a diverse range of English abilities. Be patient, be loud and set your classroom environment expectations with your students from the start of the year. Make sure your making the PowerPoints as fun as possible.

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What is the salary for a High School Teacher in China?

1. 10,000RMB to 22,000RMB per month before tax
2. Accommodation Provided or an allowance included in your salary
3. Reimbursed Flights to come to China and to go home
4. Z-VISA support throughout your application, so you can come to China and teach legally
5. Fully paid public holidays throughout the year
6. Private Health Insurance
7. English speaking colleagues who can support you
8. Training and Development Opportunities

All the provided benefits are general benefits, and we’ll let you know what your Kindergarten offers before you sign a contract.

Requirements for Teaching ESL in High School

  1. Fluent English speaker with a clear and audible accent
  2. Bachelor’s degree or above (non-native English speakers need to have theirs from a native English-speaking country)
  3. TEFL certificate, OR 2 years of teaching experience, OR English related degree
  4. Below the age of 60 years old
  5. No criminal record

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A Typical Week Teaching in a High School

To start the day strong, High school students all stand proudly to attention while they sing the national song for their flag-raising ceremony, just like they have done throughout their education. As a High School teacher going from classroom to classroom, you’re most likely not going to be with your students while they raise the flags, but you can watch from the warm inside as they do this in the cold winter. High school students then progress to their daily schedule, where they study around learning and preparing for their exams. Routine morning exercises usually occurs with music that keeps everyone in sync, and sometimes the High school students run laps to exercise before their intense, long day ahead of them. When you’re going from classroom to classroom teaching English as a second language (ESL), you’ll just be with the High school students for when they need to learn English as a second language.

Expect to have a daily plan for your English lessons, and time to prepare (office hours). Your lesson planning may be orientated around a syllabus or curriculum the schools provides, so it’ll be your job to make this learning criteria come alive and inspire all the children to actively engage and enjoy learning English. High School follows a Monday to Friday schedule, so you’ll be guaranteed to have every weekend off unless there is a major school event or exams taking place.

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Your FAQs

Yes, HiredinChina and your school can support you with anything you need. We’ve been through it all before.

Your school will apply for your VISA for you to work directly for them. We’ll be with you every step of the journey. We’ve created our own VISA support page. Remember, the VISA you’re applying for is a Z-VISA.

You will be employed directly by the school. HiredinChina helps you meet your perfect school.

Your contract will be a minimum of one year. Some contracts are two years long, depending on which school you teach in.

If you’re ill, don’t panic. You’ll have private insurance from which you can quickly be taken to a hospital with your school’s HR staff. They’ll support you until you’re better, translating everything throughout your journey. Once you’re better, you can claim the hospital bills against your insurance.

Yes, absolutely. You’ll have to go through your bank to legitimately send money home. To do this, follow the steps they give you. Your HR support at your school will be able to translate anything you need to properly do this.

Most class sizes are 12-25 students. Try to allow for different levels of learning throughout your class, so all your students are engaged.

That’s fantastic news! Not speaking Chinese is great for your students, as you’ll be able to immerse them in English more. To communicate to the locals, we recommend you learn English whilst teaching, to appreciate the culture more. We’ve put together a short basic mandarin guide to help you get kick-started before you come.

"Teaching in China has also improved my Teaching and Management skills, my confidence as a fairly new ESL Teacher in the field, my travel experience and also greatly improved my marketability and employability."
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