China is the Wild West when it comes to teaching. It is apparent that with blooming ESL market of the country, there is an obsession with English and the new generation of parents is adamant to provide with the best their money can buy. While some children learn to speak English at early age, many have to learn it during their high school or college years. In fact, while on one hand the ESL markets of nearby countries are stagnating gradually, the ESL jobs in China have skyrocketed in last few years and they are bound to grow exponentially in coming years.
As China continues to monitor its ESL market, new and more job avenues are opening up for qualified individuals. Those who are fresh graduate but have the skills and command over English can easily grab high paying salaries along with worry free contracts, visas, worry free contracts etc. In fact, who are new to China and do not possess great experience can grab decent paying jobs these days.
However, it has not been like this always. The Chinese teaching market has witnessed dramatic changes in last few decades and there has been a significant increase in the number of ESL Jobs these days. This is quite great news for not only the aspiring teachers but also those students who wish to learn language.
A Perpetually Expanding Market
Nearly a decade ago, about one fifth of the population of China was studying English. In fact, by 2006, China was already a big market for English language studies. Studies have also estimated that in order to teach in China, around 100000 English teachers are needed in the country and the numbers are bound to increase for upcoming years. Just to attract more teachers, Chinese schools have started to raise salaries, offer perks and additional benefits and also follow the rules and regulations of the government to lure the teachers away from usual countries towards them.
Students Are Getting Younger
Furthermore, the English learning population in China is getting younger year by year. Public schools, these days, have switched from starting English education from the age of nine to 12 whereas some schools in large cities are teaching English at the tender age of 6 to make them superfluous.
In the market, many companies are also offering classes and coaching to preschoolers. Parents are ready to send their year old kids to school who are also offering English language babysitting services. While the ESL schools were the first established units to start teaching English to adults, in the last few years, the demand has shifted to those parents that are willing to spend big bucks just to attend language classes for them and their kids. Several private academies are taking a note of this transition and ready to offer specialized classes to the kids. These classes being special focus and attention to the students while giving decent pay to individual teachers.