The reality is Chinese companies can be difficult to work for. Part of this is due to the culture, and another aspect is the low pay that you will find with many of these companies. They can also be strict as well with little room for being absent or late to class.
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Review: SayABC is part of VipKid with a pay-rate of up to $21 per 40 minute lesson ($15 base, and $6 bonus per lesson based on attendance and productivity) per 40 minute lesson. All lessons are group lessons of four students whom you will teach for a three month period of time. You should have an Associate or Bachelors degree or are about to graduate. You do not have to have a US accent but you should be a native English speaker or have a neutral accent. They do require that you are located in certain countries due to their advanced platform that runs off of their servers. Continue reading below to find the current list. They require a three-month contract that can easily be renewed if you continue to meet the needs of their students and follow their policies.
Review: VIPKID are typically actively hiring, and they are probably the most significant online English school for teaching Chinese children. The pay rate is good at $14-$22, and there are a lot of reviews online. The Beijing peak times are Mon-Fri 6-10pm and Sat-Sun 9am–10pm. You must have a North American(US/Canadian) accent and be a citizen of either country. However, you can live and teach from anywhere in the world. They do require a college degree in any type of field. Lastly, a year of experience with children is required (teaching, homeschooling, coaching, mentoring, volunteering with kids, etc.).t, and they do require a college degree as well. Lastly, a year of experience with children is required (teaching, homeschooling, coaching, mentoring, volunteering with kids, etc.).
Review: Palfish has their own app to teach a wide variety of subjects from phonics to TOEFL and IELTS. It is recommended that you have a TEFL certification or an equivalent. The typical rate that teachers set is $10-18 per hour with some teachers charging as high as $20 or more. You do not have to be a native teacher to join Palfish as a regular teacher, but you still need to meet thier standards. They are currently on a hiring push for teachers who can join their program for teaching children. For this program you must be a native English teacher.
First Future is new and is extremely ambitious. You will still be teaching children, but you do this on a project type basis. This means that you will be working on a fixed schedule. The advantage of this is that you have a guaranteed amount of hours and a guaranteed minimum income. They promise to pay you in full even if the lesson hasn’t been booked during your shift or if a student does not show up. They pay $8-12 per hour for non-natives and for natives they start from $15 up to $25, along with a bonus structure based on the project. If you are a non-native teacher you can still apply as long as you have a neutral accent, have experience working or living in an English-speaking environment, and have passed the IELTS/TOEFL at native-speaker level. you should also have a degree and a TEFL certificate or higher.
Review: WiseKid English is a newer school with their website located here http://www.51peiban.com/. You will be teaching children in their classroom environment while an onsite Chinese teacher helps to guide them along. As with most schools in China, you will need to use TPR to keep the kids engaged. Currently, they are only hiring native teachers from the US and Canada with a college degree and certification such as TEFL. The pay rate is $15-$25 along with bonuses per hour. Each lesson is 25 minutes long.
Review: USTKid offers K-12 classes to Chinese kids in one on one and group lessons of up to four children. They are only hiring teachers from the US and Canada. You need to have a bachelor degree or above but they do not require a teaching certificate such as a TEFL or TESOL. You need to have prior teaching experience and need to have a Zoom account since that is what you teach through.
Review: Jiliguala Education is fairly new and uses an app to teach 4-5 year old Chinese kids. The lessons are 25 minutes each with a focus on guided reviews of vocabulary, sentences, songs, and rhymes. You need to have an iOS device(iphone 5s (or above), ipad 2 mini (or above), ipad 4 pro, ipad 5, ipad air) and headphones to teach with. The pay is $18-$21 per hour and all of the lessons are simple and planned out for you. You need to be an American or Canadian accented native English speaker with a degree. The working hours are Monday – Friday 6:00pm – 9:00pm Beijing time, and Saturday – Sunday 9:00am – 9:00pm.
Review: 61Kidz hires either an American or Canadian with at least a bachelor’s degree. You also need a teaching license or TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certification. Your internet connection must be hardwired with a speed of 10Mbps download and upload. Make sure that you have a white background, with good lighting and a quiet environment. As with most Chinese online ESL companies, the peak hours are Monday-Friday 9:00am-11:00 am Beijing Time. They state that the starting pay rate is $25 per each hour-long session. Once you apply online you will perform an IT checklist and demo video, next is a 30-minute mock class interview, that is followed up with a pre-service orientation. To apply email all relevant information such as a recent photo, your resume, and teaching certification to [email protected]
Review: MagicABC only hires native North American English speakers and with teaching a certificate such as TESOL, TEFL, CETLA, etc. to teach Chinese kids. You should have a Bachelor’s degree in Education with teaching experience. The pay is fairly high at $23 per hour for each lesson. All payments are made through Paypal. You can send your resume to their email address: [email protected]
Review: Hujiang teaches adults, college-level students, and children as well. Due to this, their teaching times span from 9 AM until 10 PM Beijing time. This is different than most of the other schools who are only focused on teaching children. As of October 2017, they started to push for K-12 teachers. They are looking for native English teachers that speak perfect English. Your background should be with teaching children. The operating system of your computer should be a Windows computer, with the Internet connection of at least 10mbps, along with a high-quality headset. The main hours that you will be teaching our between 5:30pm to 9:30pm Monday to Sunday Beijing time. Those who are open to teaching on Saturday and Sunday will receive preferential treatment when applying. You should be certified in either TKT, TEFL, TESOL, CELTA or similar to increase your chances of getting a job. They also offer Audio Only 9am – 10.3pm 7 days a week. Audio classes: $12-16 and face to face $16-22. There are opportunities to do other roles as well. As an example, there are assessments on demo lessons to determine the level of students.