Finding the truth in China is like finding a 40 year old virgin in Los Angeles - especially when it comes to teaching requirements. I just spent almost six hours sorting fact from fiction and learned that so many tefl companies, China job recruiters, and free-lance "agents" are lying through their teeth just to make some bucks selling TEFL & TESOL courses.
The lie they are telling newbie teachers and recent uni grads is that the Chinese government "requires" all foreign teachers to hold a TESOL or TEFL certificate to teach in China. This is total fabrication. No such law nor requirement exists! Others say that the schools in China have this requirement. This is 98% false as well. There is 2% truth in this because out of the 19,789 schools, universities, and learning centers that hire foreigners in China to teach, 393 of them do have policies requiring a TESOL or TEFL certificate. In reality however the 2014 CFTU teacher surbey of expat teachers in China, roughly only 5% of them hold either a TESOL or TEFL certificate.
So as you can see, there is a whole lot of lying going around the internet, by email, and over skype by the greedy wolves of the TEFL training industry who will apparently resort to lying to make the sale.
Everyone including the CFTU admits that a good TEFL or TESOL course can greatly improve your teaching ability but I for one resent being lied to about why I need the expensive training. Here are some related links:
I wrote an email to SAFEA about this and they replied that to teach in China I need the following and as you can see, there is no mention of either TEFL or TESOL training:
A) Bachelor degree from an accredited university
B) Fluency in the English language
C) A Z visa (work visa)
D) A police certificate showing no criminal record
How do you guys feel about the relentless deceit from the ESL/TEFL vendor community?