Teaching English in China now

Teaching English in China now

David Kaik completed a Global English TESOL course online in 2019. He is currently in China and has been teaching there for the past three years, all through the current pandemic, that has changed the TEFL world enormously.

We asked David to give us a brief view of how things are in China currently, how things have more or less gone back to normal with in-class teaching, he found his job and what he likes best about living there.

Read on for more…

Who do you work for and how did you find you job?

I work for a small training centre. I found the job posting on the internet after finishing my bachelors. It was one of the first companies I contacted and it worked out alright.

What are your students like to teach?

There are quite a few younger learners. It’s a great feeling when I see them learn and start to communicate. Book club and movie nights are generally their favourites. I do, however, enjoy teaching middle and high school students. These lessons are more conversation heavy and it gives me great joy to see my students get the confidence to talk.

How are you teaching them, is it face-to-face or online?

We had online lessons for the good part of 2020 but things have been back to normal for a while, so the students are back in the classroom.

We see a lot of jobs for China coming back onto the TEFL jobs boards. Is China opening back up after Covid?

I hear that it can still be an ordeal to come to China. Many employers do require their prospective teachers to already be in the country. It’s always best to try and follow the official announcements to stay up-to-date.

What advice would you give anyone considering coming to China this year?

Pack light and get a very good VPN.

What's your favourite thing about teaching and living in China?

It’s great to get to see a place that can be so different from anywhere in the West. Plus, you’ll be sure to find some of your new favourite dishes over here.

Thanks David, it’s good to hear that things are coming back to normal there.


Asia is emerging from the pandemic and we have links to reputable recruiters for China, Taiwan and S. Korea who are recruiting internationally. Contact us for these links if you are a Global English graduate. 

Now could be the ideal time to get trained for Asia, with likely easier travel restrictions later in 2021 so choose your perfect, accredited online TESOL course so you are ready to go.

  • Author: William Bradridge
  • Date: 27/04/2021

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