TEFL Course in China

Teaching English as a Foreign Language Program in Shanghai


Duration: 4 Weeks Onsite
Hours: 120 Hours
Total Course Tuition: $1,690 USD
Reserve with a Deposit of: $500 USD (Deducted from Total Tuition)


Why take your TEFL Course in China?
Guaranteed Paid Job Placement in China and employment contacts worldwide! Obtain life-transforming international work experience for four weeks to be ready to teach English as a Foreign Language anywhere in the world. Our job placement staff makes a huge effort to get to know you beyond your name and CV so that they can suggest jobs that best fit with your personality and teaching preferences. Opportunities to teach English in China are considered some of the best in the ESL market globally. This is due to low cost of living, high wages, and increasing demand for foreign teachers, making China the current epicenter of teaching abroad.


Study in Shanghai
During your stay in Shanghai, you will experience not only the best nightlife in China, but also an exceptional range of outdoor and cultural activities. You will be amongst an exciting mix of tradition and globalization at every street corner, former foreign concessions, and in the city’s stunning skyline. Shanghai has a thriving nightlife with some of the best clubs in Asia, if not the world! The city abounds with quality restaurants where you can enjoy great food (on a budget), amazing shops and gargantuan malls offering all you could want or need.


Accredited TEFL Program and College Credit
The TEFL course in China is accredited by Fort Hays State University (FHSU) and ACCREDITAT. Founded in 1902, FHSU itself is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission. FHSU completes regular quality assurance reports on our certificates and authority to do so is granted by the Kansas Board of Regents. For an additional fee, you will have an option to gain three college credits and a transcript from FHSU.


Course Content
Our experienced team has collaborated with a number of seasoned ESL and TEFL trainers to create a unique curriculum. This TEFL course in China focuses heavily on applicable teaching skills rather than on pedantic theory to build the confidence needed to be an effective teacher; you will have hands-on experience with real English learners, the most valuable component of the course (See details below). Most of the teaching practice takes place at primary schools through local charities. In addition to providing free English classes to children who normally don’t have access to these type of classes, we donate teaching supplies and stationery to the primary school teachers and students.


2019 Course Dates
2 June – 26 July
6 August – 30 August
3 September – 27 September
8 October – 1 November
12 November – 6 December


Included features within Total Course Fee:

  • 4 week TEFL Training of 120 hours.
  • Accredited and Internationally Recognized Certificate.
  • Guaranteed Paid Job Placement in China + Lifelong Career Guidance.
  • Housing Placement Assistance.
  • ALL course materials, stationery supplies, printing and photocopying.
  • Free wireless internet service inside both the classroom and the accommodation.
  • The opportunity to study Chinese at an affordable rate.
  • Convenient weekend trips. Friendly, welcoming local people who are keen to meet and learn from foreign teachers.
  • Airport.

The theory sessions of the TEFL program in China, are very informative as well as interactive, and cover the following topics:



The trainee will complete a daily learning journal during the foreign language experience, culminating in a 500-word conclusion. The focus is critical reflection on the learning experience and useful insights for teaching.


  • Grammar (10 hours) Inputs cover word classes, simple sentence elements, complex sentences and clauses, verb time and tense, aspect and conditionals and modals, phrasals and voice.
  • Phonology (10 hours) Covering phonemics, rhythm, stress, intonation, place & manner of articulation, and connected speech.


  • Trainees work with individual students on building rapport, error analysis and correction, and addressing individual student needs. Three meetings with the student are required including transcription and error analysis of audio and written samples, culminating in a 60-minute session observed by a trainer.


Teaching techniques normally cover:

  • approaches to language learning
  • warmers and modeling
  • controlled practice
  • interactive blackboards
  • lesson planning models – with peer teaching
  • appropriate language and comprehensible input
  • language in context – with peer teaching
  • vocabulary: cotext and context
  • communicative activities
  • theater techniques
  • textbook review and evaluation
  • classroom management
  • listening activities
  • pronunciation activities
  • songs and chants
  • reading activities
  • writing activities
  • teaching young learners
  • feedback and testing


All teachers complete:

  • 3 hours of observing experienced teachers
  • 1 hour observing professionally developed video
  • 20 hours of peer observation
  • 6 hours of individual teaching practice


All trainees of the TEFL course in China must develop two sets of materials for teaching practice. Each set must be durable, usable for multiple lesson contexts, and easily portable. The materials may include visuals, realia, audio or videotape, cue cards or class handouts, but may not be photocopied from published sources. The summation of this project is a presentation to the trainers on how the materials were used, how they could be improved and how they might be used in another context.

Opportunities to teach English in China are almost as diverse as the country itself. Different types of schools and different parts of the country can provide totally unique experiences. For example, a business English instructor in the mega-city of Shanghai will have a very different experience than a kindergarten teacher in Chengdu.


Teaching abroad in China opportunities include Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary school, Middle school, High school, Universities and adults. Not to mention demand for freelance and hourly lessons. A new trend is also online teaching, which grants the flexibility to work with learners across the country with tight schedules. Taking our course in Shanghai will ensure you a well-compensated position (even for beginners) based on your experience and qualifications. Almost all teaching contracts in China are between 1 and 2 years long. As the education market is maturing and the salaries are rising, schools do not want fly by night teachers that will leave their students hanging after a few months. Although beginner teachers are welcome, they need to take the position seriously and be prepared to honor their contractual obligations. China spans over 1,700 miles North to South connecting Harbin in Heilongjiang province (home of the famous Harbin ice festival) to Hong Kong with its humid subtropical climate, China’s cities have a lot of individual character and the local people take a lot of pride in this diversity. Not only are the attractions in the cities different but also the local culture and language. Whether or not you prefer to be in a specific location, your placement consultant will work to find you a suitable city that appeals to you!

tefl course in chinaTo qualify for the guaranteed job placement in China, you must have a Bachelor’s degree, be aged between 22 to 60, hold a TEFL Certification, have the ability to obtain a clear background check, the ability to live abroad for at least one year. Applicants must be citizens from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa to meet China’s visa regulations.

We work closely with a nice hostel in Shanghai near the school. The spacious hostel was voted “most popular hostel in Shanghai” in the years 2015 and 2016 and is located 10 minutes from Zhongshan Park and a 25 minute subway ride from the TEFL center. Opportunities to eat local, Western, or food from other cuisines are abundant and the hostel also features an in-house restaurant and where food and drinks are served for most of the day. There are quiet areas, a rooftop bar and a large garden that are ideal for studying.


Private rooms start at $30 USD/night and can be shared with other trainees, dorms start at $11 USD/night.

We can also help you to arrange private housing, with shared apartments starting at $600 USD/room and studio apartments at $850 USD.

Some students use Airbnb instead, (visit https://www.airbnb.com), to arrange their own accommodation while taking the course. You can find housing in apartments, hostels, or single rooms at very affordable prices. The benefits of using this App is that you get to see different photos, read reviews of the place, a map to see the distance from the school, and you can talk to the owner directly.

Simply let us know your preference in advance.

What kind of visa should I get to take the TEFL Course in China? How do I obtain it and what do I need to know for the application?

You need a Tourist visa for attending this course. You can obtain it from your local consulate or a travel agent.  You could find your local consulate’s website through Google by typing in “Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in (Country of Residence)” for example.  Please check your local consulate’s website for any changes in the visa policy.


How many students on average are in the TEFL course in China?

Small groups of 4 – 10 students is the usual size however the number may go up in summer. Most of the participants are American, British, Canadian or Australian, although we do accept non-native speakers of English who have a good grasp of the English language.


What are the teaching practice students and classes like?

We offer English classes for Chinese students (all ages and levels) who are interested in improving their English language abilities. Trainees will be scheduled for observed teaching practice both on and off site depending on the students’ circumstances. Class sizes range from 4 to 50. Trainees will be teaching lessons of 35 to 55 minutes according to class availability.


What is the program’s accommodation like and when can I check in?

We collaborate with a local hostel that’s 5 minutes walk to our office. Dorms are available at $10 a night, and single rooms start at $22. Students are welcome to arrange their own accommodation, and studios in downtown Shanghai can be found for as little as $700 a month. We’d be happy to help you arrange private accommodation, just email info@tefl-programs.com  for more information.


How much do the jobs in Shanghai usually pay? What is the average teaching salary in China?
The average salaries in China range greatly depending on different cities, local cost of living and how much you want to work. Jobs usually pay from 12,000 – 18,000 RMB/month ($1,700 – $2,600 USD) for new teachers, and 22,000 – 30,000 RMB/month ($3,200 – $4,400 USD) for new teachers with a valid teaching license or a degree in Education. If you add in overtime and part-time tutoring gigs it’s possible to earn upwards of 20,000 as a recent TEFL-graduate.


How is that comparable to the cost of living?

Shared apartments are typically around $500 USD/month for a room, getting a decent private apartment downtown will be at least $900 USD/month.

To comfortably live in Shanghai, you’ll probably be spending around $800 USD/month (excluding housing).

Most new teachers we place tend to save around $500-$1,000 USD/month.

Private tutoring pays really well, and typically starts at $35 USD/hour for ESL.


Why should I teach in China?

The opportunities to Teach English in China are considered some of the best in the ESL market globally. This is due to high wages, low cost of living and high demand for foreign teachers. Similar to the opportunities in South Korea years ago, but China is now the epicenter of teaching abroad. China has a very robust amount of ESL opportunities available. If you are worried about making enough money to save or pay your student loans, don’t be! Don’t forget you’ll have the funds to travel within the mainland including Beijing or Xi’an. As well as international travel to neighboring countries like Cambodia, Thailand or Japan!  


Where can I teach after graduating from the TEFL course in China?

Cities are informally grouped into 3 tiers to give a broad reference to their stage in development. As China is a “developing nation”, the development status of these three tiers varies greatly! The cities recognized as tier 1 are Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Some parts of these cities could easily be confused with western cities. There are over 170 cities in China with 1 million+ people and dozens of them are tier 2 status. This means they likely have an underground metro system, airport, high-speed train station, definitely KFC (Chicken) and Starbucks! While many people are looking to teach in Shanghai because of its international reputation, tier 3 cities will certainly be more of an adventure. With limited access to imported goods and few English speakers, these cities will certainly grant you a full immersion experience.


How long do the job contracts usually last?

Contracts in China are 12-15 months long, short contracts don’t really exist with the exception of summer and winter camps. Our Job Placement staff in Shanghai has well over thirty years of combined experience in China’s Education industry. We recruit for the major schools in the country and we know exactly what schools, and students, look for in a teacher.


What should I bring to the TEFL  course in China?

We recommend that your bring your own laptop for lesson preparation, a USB to backup your documents, and of course your cellphone and a watch will be crucial for time management.


How much extra money do I need during the course?

During the 4 week TEFL course in China, you should have from $500-$1,000 depending on your spending habits and weekend plans.


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By taking our TEFL course in China, you receive so much more than a TEFL Certificate and guaranteed job placement, you will get priceless experiences! Your classmates will be a fun mix of people of all ages and professions, from all over the world, creating unforgettable friendships and enjoying the endless surprises that China has to offer.

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