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Become a Chinese Teacher – Everything You Need To Know

Why Become a Chinese Teacher

Nowadays, the number of Chinese language learners worldwide has reached more than 150 million people. If we calculate that every 10 students need a teacher, the shortage of Chinese teachers is at least 5 million, but there are only 5,000 holders of the International Chinese Language Teacher Certificate today. The reality that Chinese language teachers are in great demand tells us that you can take advantage of this opportunity to become an excellent Chinese language teacher and join the enormous team that teaches Chinese.

Besides, there are still many benefits to becoming a Chinese teacher.

Plenty of job opportunities

As mentioned above, there is a global shortage of Chinese teachers and learning Chinese is important.

No matter what country you are from, you can find a job as a Chinese teacher at a primary and secondary school or university in your home country, and it is extremely easy.

High Salary

According to surveys, international Chinese teachers around the world earn between $50-$80 per hour, which is much higher than most hourly wages in the general profession. In countries such as the United States, Philippines, and Australia, Chinese teachers can be paid as much as $7,000 per month.

Flexible working hours and long holidays

Because of the specialty of the teaching profession, you can enjoy paid summer and winter vacations and various national holidays. In addition, teachers have the flexibility to schedule their own spare time, which gives them a great deal of freedom.

What you need to become a Chinese language teacher

Passionate about Chinese culture and dedicated to spreading the Chinese language and culture

Of course, to become a Chinese teacher, you must first love Chinese culture, learn about it, and have a passion for spreading it. As language teachers, we need to have a general understanding of the culture of the language country and understand the stories behind the language so that we can teach more deeply and not get off track.

How to develop a love for Chinese culture? We can watch Chinese movies and documentaries and read ancient poems and history books, or through multimedia means such as the Internet, which are all effective ways to learn about Chinese culture.

Good Chinese language skills and knowledge of Chinese linguistics. Reach at HSK Level 5 or HSKK Intermediate

You must acquire professional knowledge of Chinese linguistics, such as phonetics, vocabulary, grammar, etc. Only with a solid knowledge of phonetics can a teacher have a good grasp of the keys to teaching phonetics and give timely and correct guidance when he/she finds that students have made phonetic errors. Secondly, in vocabulary and grammar teaching, the teacher must have a comprehensive knowledge of Chinese vocabulary and grammar. If you want to build a solid foundation in Chinese, Keats School will be a great choice for you. Founded in 2004, Keats is a Chinese language school that offers full services (accommodation and meals included). Its students mainly come from Europe and North America. In the past 19 years, Keats welcomed over 7300 students to study Chinese in China. It has professional teachers and a comprehensive teaching system, such as intensive one-on-one Chinese courses, which is very beneficial for improving Chinese language skills. Besides, as you need to pass for the HSK test, our HSK Test Preparation Course  is the pathway that can help you pass the test.

Obtain the International Chinese Language Teacher Certification

The most important first step is to obtain the International Chinese Language Teacher Certification and to get the qualification to practice. This certification becomes a necessary condition for judging whether an individual is a qualified teacher of Chinese as a foreign language, and the exam assesses whether the teacher has the ability to teach Chinese as a foreign language.

The requirements to apply for the International Chinese Language Teaching Certificate are as follows:

(1) Passionate about Chinese international education and devoted to spreading the Chinese language and culture.

(2) Have a university degree or above (including recent graduates).

(3) Chinese language level equivalent to HSK (Level 5) or HSKK (Intermediate).

How to improve your professionalism

Indulge yourself in Chinese culture

Teaching Chinese as a foreign language requires that teachers not only master the knowledge of linguistics but also accumulate a lot of knowledge of Chinese culture. For example, Chinese history, geography, food, folklore, etiquette, culture, etc. The best and most effective way is to put yourself in a Chinese environment. For instance, studying abroad in China and experiencing the charm of Chinese culture.

Enhance intercultural communication skills

Since your students come from different cultural backgrounds, to avoid cultural shock, a Chinese teacher should be aware of intercultural communication due to differences in customs and folk taboos. Communicate more with Chinese people to understand their interaction habits and cultural background, and continuously improve your intercultural communication skills.

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Matteo | Italy

Small Group Chinese Class

I really enjoy studying Chinese in Kunming at Keats. The teachers are great and my classmates are awesome. It is an unforgettable experience for me. I also got the chance to travel to other places in Yunnan. Those places are amazing and you definitely need to visit these places when you study Chinese in China at Keats.


Kristen | Canada

Small Group Chinese Class

I have really enjoyed the Chinese course in China at Keats and meeting the teachers here and the students. We have a lot of fun in class. It is a really great school to learn with good teaching methods and a really good textbook, examples and games, and everything.


Pakorn | Thailand

Small Group Chinese Class

It is very convenient to come to Kunming from Thailand. I really like my Chinese class and my Chinese improved a lot in a few months. There are many benefits of learning Chinese. The best thing I like about Keats is that it is in Kunming, a city with eternal spring. There is so much to see in Kunming and you will love this city after you come.


Josh | USA

Small Group Chinese Class

I really had a wonderful experience at the school. The teachers are very very friendly. In my class, we practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing. We play games and other fun activities. We have trips around town. The staff at Keats is phenomenal. My teacher is one of the best teachers I have ever had in my educational experience. She comes in with a smile every day.


David | Australia

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

It has been notable because I have met a lot of people who I met first time last year like me to come back to Keats this year. The teaching has been fantastic. The teachers carefully prepare each lesson. I think this one-on-one approach is really a great way to rapidly increase your level of Chinese and increase your confidence and fluency with the language.


Judith | USA

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

Listening and speaking in the classroom every day has improved my communication skills. After three weeks, my new words and sentences became more and more natural and fluent. Now I am used to thinking in Chinese, and I understand better what other people say, to be able to have real conversations with other people.

Dr. Med. Beatrice

Dr. Med. Beatrice | Austria

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

I decided to learn Chinese in Kunming because I like smaller cities and I like the climate here. We had four hours a day study here and my dear teacher taught me very much and never lost her patience with me. It was a really wonderful experience to be here and I recommend Keats school and the teachers here to everyone who likes to learn Chinese in China.


Rients | Netherlands

Small Group Chinese Class

Kunming is a great place to learn Chinese in China because not many Chinese on the street speak English. Keats has been a great school for me and a lot of other foreigners who studied in China recommended it to me. I think they are all right. The study method here is really structured. They make learning Chinese really easy. There are also a lot of cultural and natural places to visit.

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