The Chinese companies often receive mixed reviews. Part of this is due to the cultural differences, communication style, and another aspect is the low pay with some of the companies. They can also be strict as well with little room for being absent or late to class.
The list below is sorted by the highest to lowest rated. Click on the image of the school to read the full review, find out where to apply, and read the requirements. You can use the filters and search function as well to help narrow down your choice.
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Review: Sprout4Future, also known as Whales English, is currently in need of teachers due to their high growth rate. They are currently seeking teachers from the US and Canada with a neutral accent. You must have a bachelor degree or above and although it is not required, a TEFL, TESOL or other teaching certificate is preferred. You will be teaching during typically Chinese peak hours of 6-9PM Beijing time along with hours during the day and night on the weekends. Classes are group lessons of 2-3 students aged 5-15. There are consistent hours for regular teachers. Each lesson is 50 minutes long with an above-average pay rate of $18-$30 per session. There are opportunities for raises and bonuses for high performing teachers. Please continue reading below for more information. Again, we know that they are currently hiring.
Review: Landi salary is pretty high between $18 – $25 per hour where you will be teaching 1-2 students at a time. There is no need to plan your lessons since all of the material is already available. You need to maintain ten hours per week. They use an immersive teaching system based on CLIL(Content and Language Integrated Learning) that is used for all of their students from kindergarten to high school level.
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: Oakary is not really a school, but a recruiting agency that help teachers getting ESL job(s). Oakary is based in San Francisco, CA. They hire ESL teachers mainly with a neutral North American, British, or Australian accent. They work with schools $14-$25 per hour depending teaching experience. You will be teaching both Chinese kids and adults learners with a minimum of 5-12 working hours per week.
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.
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: 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.
Review: SinceWin is looking for online ESL teachers to teach kindergarten children, age 3~6. They accept both native teachers and non-native speakers with a neutral accent. Different from typical sit down TPR, teachers at SinceWin is required to stand up TPR, which will then projected on a large TV screen in the classroom in front of 15~25 kids. There will be an additional assisting teacher in the room in local kindergarten.
Review: DREAMEN English only hires native English speakers and they preferred North American accent. You must have a degree or above in any field and with at least 1 year of prior teaching experience. You are required to have a desktop or a laptop with a webcam, a headset with microphone and with high-speed Internet connection […]