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If you wanted to have challenges galore in your teaching portfolio, look no further than teaching English in China. The demography of China combined with the factor that less than 5% of their population would be able to speak or write English with any degree of fluency is only an introductory challenge you will face. Brace yourself for even more formidable challenges as you get going with your English teaching job in China.

Mandarin is the local dialect in China. Please note that Mandarin is one of the toughest national languages to learn in the world. That said, people in China have grown up reading and writing it with ease. Today, if you go to China you will find that people would be able to communicate in Mandarin much more fluently than you would do in English.

Does that make teaching English in China difficult?

The Chinese government has woken up to the reality that knowledge of English is a must for them to compete in the global economy. With China opening its trade borders to most of the West, it has become imperative for most of the people in China to converse and communicate well in English. For starters, teaching English in China has reached the Economic Free Zones. And it doesn't stop there, as English has spread its tentacles to schools, universities and the more popular coffee shops.

As for statistics, here is a stunner: close to 600 million citizens of China are understanding English at some level! Compare that with the population of United States of America. It would not take an intelligent person to deduce that more than twice of population living in United States of America is reading English in China! This makes teaching English in China much easier than it was a couple of decades ago.

This is only the tip of the iceberg

Those statistics only reveal half the picture. The true picture is that close to 40% of the Chinese population is still unaware of learning English as a second language. Now, that's where your desire of teaching English in China comes to the fore. Being one of the most challenging English teaching jobs, your teaching English job in China would be highly recognized at all levels. If not for anything else, your role in transforming a local economy to a global economy would be greatly appreciated by its government and citizens.

All in all, teaching English in China is one of the opportunities that every qualified or certified teacher must look up to. Taking up English teaching jobs in China is an admired added credential for an English teacher.
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