SDE Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about working and living in China with SDE

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Do teachers in China need a state teaching license from their home country?

A formal teaching license from your home country is not a requirement to teach English in
China. If you are an applicant with a formal teaching license, then a TEFL certification may not
be necessary.

Is teaching experience necessary before moving to China?

While teaching experience is not necessary before moving to China, all teachers with less than
2 years teaching experience are required to have a teaching certificate (TEFL, TESOL, CELTA,
etc.) before coming to Shenzhen to teach. We can help you get set up with a course. Once a
course is started, it will take 2-3 weeks to complete

Are online TEFL programs acceptable? Does SDE have any reputable recommendations?

SDE works with TEF UK to assist our incoming teachers to become
TEFL certified. It is a 120 hour online TEFL in length and will provide a foundation to begin
teaching English as a foreign language. It is 100% online without any offline attendance needed,
and is internationally recognized

How long have SDE teachers been teaching?

From fresh teachers to senior teachers, people who work for us come from all backgrounds and

What are the general age ranges of students?

Kindergarten: 3-6 years old
Primary school: 6-11 years old
Middle school: 11-15 years old
High school: 15-18 years old
Language Centers: 3-18 years old

What will the students expect of me? What are their goals?

Student expectations and goals will generally vary by age group. K-12 students studying
English are required to take an English course; for subjects outside of English being taught in
English, students are generally preparing for international schools or study abroad. Students in
adult training centers are seeking to improve their career and business opportunities

Do I need to stay at school during office hours?

Yes, teachers are expected to stay during office hours. It will also depend on your school with
how strict the office hours will be.

Will I have a direct contact at the school?

Yes, you will have a local Chinese contact teacher at your school that will work with and
support you

Are there any other foreign teachers at the school?

The number of foreign teachers will vary from school to school. SDE teachers often work at
schools down the street from each other, or even at the same school. Most of our schools have
2-3 foreign teachers