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.
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.
|Clear Results||Number of Reviews:|
|Min Per Hour:
Review: Their base pay is $7.50 for each 25-minute class ($15/hour) with incentives. It is working with Chinese students so the peak hours are 6PM-9PM Beijing time. The majority of classes are 1-3, one tutor, three students. There are some 1-1 classes and some 1 – many (3 or more) classes too. ALO7 provides all materials and training. You do not need to have a North American accent to apply or be accepted to teach. What is unique about this company is that they work with enrichment schools in China, not through parents. Schools will book tutors for 20-40 weeks in a row. This means that there is reliable and consistent work, and tutors are able to work with the same students week after week.
Review: Magic Ears is one of the latest companies and so far it has a good reputation. The hiring process seems to be much easier than most other Chinese companies. The pay rate has a range of $20 and $26 per one-hour lesson. Be sure to have a fast internet connection since they require 10mbps up and down.
Review: This company 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: This company is typically actively hiring, and they are probably the largest online English school for teaching Chinese children. The pay rate is good at $14-$22 and there are a lot of reviews online. You will be committing to a six-month contract. They recommend for you to be available at least 7.5 hours (15 time slots per week with 30 minutes per time slot) during Beijing peak times in order to get the most amount of classes. The Beijing peak times are Mon-Fri 6-10pm and Sat-Sun 9am–10pm. You must have a US accent and they do require a college degree as well.
Review: This is a newer company 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: This 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: This company 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: You must be 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: With this company, they teach 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.Their website is extremely confusing so it is best if you send your resume along with any supporting documents such as your certification and agree to [email protected]
Review: This company started a push to find new teachers in May of 2017. You have to be a native teacher that is a citizen of the US or Canada. A four-year degree is also required and you must come with previous teaching experience. Although it is not required, having a teaching certification is preferred. You will be teaching children ages 5-15 in groups of 3-5 students per lesson. As of this writing, the salary ranges between $18-25 per hour with a bonus structure. They are focused on US-based curriculum. Sprout4Future has been expanding their teaching to Language arts, phonics, reading, social studies, history, science, and they have recently added Spanish and French.