Looking for a graduate job?

Create your free profile to get personalised jobs and advice
By signing up you agree to our terms & conditions

Be an EFL Teacher

You've studied hard for three or four years, so what now? Start the adventure of a lifetime and teach English in China.

Location: China

Working at English first


What you will be doing

At EF English First, you’ll be provided the resources to become the best teacher you can be. We have entry level vacancies in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and many other cities across China. You will receive a great local salary, competitive benefits and meet people from all over the world.

Our new and colourful classrooms offer state-of-the-art technology including Internet-connected computers, interactive whiteboards, and iPads. We also offer a world-class teacher development program with certification courses exclusively for our teachers to help them move into more senior positions within EF.

  • You will teach adults, children or a mix at our online school
  • You will teach regular schedules for five consecutive days each week
  • You will have weekly CPD (Continuous Professional Development) sessions
  • You will attend optional Chinese classes which are held for all levels from beginner to advanced, and you can even take face-to-face classes when you arrive.

What you will have

We are looking for you to match the following criteria:

  • You have a Bachelor's degree in any subject
  • You have a TEFL Certification (EF sponsorship is available)
  • You have a clear background check
  • You are available to live abroad for at least one year
  • You must meet China's legal visa regulations: you must be a citizen from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.

Company Benefits: • Performance bonus after six months up to 1,950 RMB per month • Sponsored legal Z work visa • 10,000 RMB salary advance available • Health insurance • Weekly social & cultural events

Onwards to our company and culture…

We are EF English First

Our focus is local English language training courses. The goal is the same at all of our schools: providing excellent teaching in an immersive environment.

Our Culture - What we do

EF English First is one of 16 business units that work under the global umbrella of Education First, often referred to simply as EF. The first thing everyone notices when they join EF English First is our company culture. From our HQ in Shanghai to our schools around the country, EFer’s seem to share the same love for fun, adventure and teaching. Our schools and offices have been specifically designed to make the working environment relaxed and open, and that’s the way our teams work.

From the moment you join us, you will be introduced to your coworkers who have already walked in your shoes and experienced life as a newbie. They will be able to answer questions and help you settle in. The team dynamic makes sharing new ideas with your colleagues and managers very easy. We love to embrace an entrepreneurial spirit! That means if you want to try something new, speak to your manager or supervisor and see how you can make it happen.

Although you may be teaching in the classroom alone, it doesn’t mean you’re not a valuable member of a larger team. We’re very keen on knowledge sharing and creating an environment where people love to work.

Although most teachers work weekends, you will soon find that this isn’t too much of an issue. You will find that your other friends and colleagues who are also teachers will share similar days off. You can visit the same places you would at the weekends but without the crowds.

As part of the team, you will have weekly CPD (Continuous Professional Development) sessions, you will help your colleagues out, and they will help you out. We sponsor weekly teacher events that are optional for all teachers to join and get to know each other. You can go and grab some food and drinks together, try some cool activities and bond with your new work mates.

Like what you see?