If you are seeking a new adventure, the chance to showcase your teaching abilities in a different way, earn a great salary and soak up a whole new culture, then teaching in China is your ideal. As well as being known for its industrial skyline, economic dominance and energetic atmosphere, it is also renowned for its delicious food, unique wildlife and accommodating locals. China is a wonderfully diverse country, with something to offer everyone. It really is a place like no other.
- Great salary and job opportunities
China offers excellent teaching opportunities for those looking to experience life in one of the most technologically advanced, everchanging countries on the planet. With a greater emphasis being placed on advancing the economy, there are some huge changes taking place within the education sector. The Chinese government are making changes to try and improve the levels of English spoken across the entirety of the country. As a result of this, opportunities are becoming more frequent within local state-run schools as well as in private and international schools.
2. Build relationships with wonderful, friendly people
Working and living in China, you will soon learn how to build close relationships with the locals, without necessarily being able to speak the language fluently. Additionally, you will naturally develop stronger cross-cultural knowledge and self-reliance. With regards to future employers, you will be a hugely desirable candidate, with the international experience and skills you have gained.
3. Improve your future career prospects
Teaching English to young people in China will give you the chance to gain essential skills which will not only help you progress in your teaching career, but also in other careers within the education sector. Taking on a role as an English teacher abroad would allow you the opportunity to gain skills in public speaking, problem-solving, international communication and organisation.
4. Learn the world’s most ‘in demand’ language
Chinese is the language of almost 20% of the world’s population. Native Chinese speakers not only live in China but also in communities all over the world. Unlike most languages, Chinese has a unique writing system, which provides visual comprehensibility. The grammatical structure of Chinese is logical and relates to the way of Chinese thinking. Often, international students choose to study the Chinese language, as it allows for employment opportunities in fields such as travel, news media and academics, to name a few. With China’s economy emerging as powerfully as it is, understanding the Chinese language and the value acquired by speaking Chinese, is becoming increasingly important.
5. Explore the wonder that is Chinese culture
Study abroad in China provides opportunities for international students to view things from a Chinese perspective. Merging the knowledge of both China and their home countries will give students an advantage to explore potential opportunities in China for the future. China has become one of the most popular studying abroad destinations for international students because of its fascinating history, diverse wildlife and generally, exciting culture.
6. Have the opportunity to see some of the world’s most unique wildlife, first hand
China has a huge landscape which is home to a huge variety of wildlife, including 562 mammal, 346 amphibia, 4936 fish, and 403 reptile species. Additionally, China has the third-largest number of mammals in the world! Popular animals such as the giant panda and the snub-nosed monkey are native here. As of 2005, China has over 2.000 nature reserves which cover around 15% of the entire land area of the country!
7. Be a part of a fantastic, everchanging education system
Many Chinese scholars believe the history of education in China can be traced back at as far as the 16th century. Due to its expansion over time, China’s education system reflects it needs to source the most efficient and accurate method of measuring students’ academic ability. As of July 2020, 10.71 million students were recorded taking the National Higher Education Entrance Examination (Gao Kao) in China, meaning that China now officially has the largest education system in the world.
China invests approximately 4% of total GDP in into their education system. In 1986, the Chinese government passed a law which made nine full years of education mandatory for all Chinese children. This means that students over six years old nationwide to have access to free education at both primary schools (grade 1 to 6) and junior secondary schools (grade 7 to 9). Senior secondary school (grade 10 to 12) and college education are not compulsory but also free in China. Today, it is estimated that above 99% of young people in China have received a universal nine-year basic education.
With the education system in China running as efficiently as it is, it will come as no surprise that it is widely known for having a consistent teacher development system. Teaching has historically been and remains today a highly-respected profession in China. Once teachers are employed in a school, there is an effective system of induction in place which allows for continuous professional development.
Teaching in China is a truly enriching and unforgettable experience; if you are given the opportunity, I urge you to grab hold! China is a fantastic place to live, study and teach, and offers multiple opportunities to be able to connect with passionate students who are always eager to learn. You will be able to explore a vastly different culture and learn the world’s most in-demand language all while supporting yourself with a great job, meeting wonderful people and opening a door to a whole new world of opportunity.
Article Written by Ciara Gillen @ The Overseas Teacher