Undercover TV Reports on English Teachers in China


Undercover teachers in ChinaChinese Central Television CCTV, went undercover to report on how English schools in the country often employ under-qualified teachers without the official paperwork.

This video report from CCTV shows what happened and promises further official crackdowns on illegal teachers.

Many teachers don’t have the correct local teaching license or employment certificate. This often happens because of the huge demand for teachers in China and the slowness of the official channels in issuing certificates.

The number of illegal foreign teachers in China is not known but is likely to be very high. Although there are occasional crackdowns they do little to change the situation and Chinese authorities are struggling to find an effective balance: on the one had all teachers should be fully qualified and on the other demand for teachers outstrips supply.

One teacher we spoke to on the condition of anonymity told us, “It’s a joke here. I’ve been working for five years and although I have the correct qualifications my school has not even mentioned getting me the local teaching license. In that time I’ve also seen a lot of teachers come and go and many of them don’t even have a degree let alone a proper teaching qualification.”

The CCTV report in full:

Useful Links

Expats unqualified for language teaching in China?

Teaching English in China

Related Articles

6 Tips to Make your ESL Classes More Effective

Teaching is undeniably a challenging job, in fact many consider it one of the most difficult careers you could choose. Nevertheless, being a teacher is an enriching experience. Through quality education and effective teaching methodologies,...

read more

ICAL TEFL Resources

The ICAL TEFL site has thousands of pages of free TEFL resources for teachers and students. These include: The TEFL ICAL Grammar Guide. Country Guides for teaching around the world. How to find TEFL jobs. How to teach English. TEFL Lesson Plans....

read more