University Teaching

As the student populations grow in China, more students are enrolling in university. Universities in China are expanding with both government and private support and are looking for English teachers to help create global citizens with the ability to learn multi-nationally.

As of such, University teaching Jobs at Universities are highly desirable positions within the ESL realm. Students typically are aged from 18 to 23 years old and will already have a strong grasp of the English language. Their motivated, focused students looking to improve their spoken English, as you’ll typically find their writing is stronger.

You’ll be working with varied small class sizes, from six to twelve students, or sometimes lecture in big university lecture theatres. When teaching English at universities, you’ll be growing the communicative skills by orientating and immersing them in an English environment. You’ll help them develop their reading, presentation skills, debating skills and other real-life areas where they can grow their vocabulary.

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Is University Teaching Right for Me?

With University students being in the higher echelon of spoken English, you’ll be needed to guide them through, correct grammar and punctuation so they can continuously improve their English language skills. Help them form arguments when debating and speak with confidence when presenting, ensuring they get their point across in a professional manner.

With University students being motivated, driven and well-mannered, you will not have a problem maintaining a stable class environment. You’ll thus be required to deliver consistently engaging lessons that drive student progress in a fun and engaging way. University English teaching typically isn’t a part of the students’ course, so they’re looking to relax, learn and grow their communication abilities. This will give you comparatively more freedom to plan your lessons to how you think is best, without the expectation of being managed by a specific curriculum or syllabus.

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What is the salary for a University Teacher in China?

1. 8,000RMB to 15,000RMB 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 contrac

Requirements for Teaching ESL in a University

  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 University

As a University teacher, you’ll enjoy the flexibility of much lower classes that lower education. Expect to be teaching around 12 classes of 90 minutes each, with a 10-minute break in the middle. typically, you’ll have 2-3 classes a day and lots of time for lesson planning and professional development. As a University Teacher, you’ll be working Monday to Friday, with University Schools teaching from approximately 8am to 5pm. Schedules may differ, so make sure you understand your responsibilities before you start.

A University teacher will introduce new vocabulary to the class, give examples and then discuss the language. You’ll have interactive tools available such as electronic white boards and sometimes computers. As your progressing through understanding the newly introduced vocabulary with your class, you’ll be providing a less restricted environment that allows your university students to play with the language. Debate, present or get involved in other activities that increases the students understanding. University is a great time to set your students homework and extra reading, so enjoy giving back to your class.

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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.

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