First Leap English, a business unit of TAL Education Group (NYSE, TAL ), established in Beijing in 2009, is flourishing and expanding across China, with over 30, 000 students, and top 3 brand recognition in the Chinese education industry. Created to provide much-needed quality afterschool English training for children aged 1.5 – 15 years old, in a fun, motivating and entirely English speaking environment.

The Community

When you join First Leap, you join a community of over 300 international teachers, as well as thousands of Chinese co-workers, all ready to support you, both in the workplace and out as you adjust to life in China. Interested? Contact us. We look forward to welcoming you to our team!


Rather than teaching English as a subject, we teach different subjects in English, a method based on and incorporating several educational theories. Our curriculum is not only already developed, but each lesson has been pre-prepared and tested. Our classrooms feature smart board technology, a limit of just 14 students per class and a Chinese teaching assistant.

Beyong the Classroom

Beyond the classroom, First Leap is the perfect opportunity to explore a foreign land and culture while maintaining a fulfilling and exciting job. Come to China to learn a new language, experience a new culture, taste a new cuisine, meet new people, improve your teaching ability or just spice up your life.

Requirements to Teach English in China:

  • Speaks English at an Idiomatic level.
  • Degree: BA or above (Education, linguistics or English degree given top priority).
  • TEFL or other teaching certificate preferred.
  • Teaching experience preferred especially in early childhood.
  • Passionate, responsible, and love children.
  • Must be willing to relocate to China.

Responsibilities for First Leap ESL Teachers in China:

  • Student age range: 1.5 – 12 years old.
  • Class size: 10 – 14 students in one class.
  • Class length: 40 minutes containing various creative teaching techniques.
  • You will be assisted with a bilingual Chinese teacher for each class.
  • 36 Hours Wed – Sun Work Week; office hours and teaching hours.

What We Offer our First Leap ESL Teachers:

  • Your airfare to China.
  • Settle-in allowance of USD 1400 (equivalent to RMB 10000) *
  • TEFL/TESOL certification expenses (up to RMB 3000).
  • Sponsored legal Z Work Visa.
  • Ground service assistance.
  • Airport Pickup assistance.

Your compensation will include:

  • USD 2100- 2800 per month net income (RMB 15,000 – 18,000) *
  • Housing allowance.
  • Key performance incentive monthly bonus*
  • Chinese public holidays, Christmas day and New Year’s Day off.
  • 5 Paid sick leaves.
  • Airfare bonus after contract fulfilment up to: USD 1100 (RMB 8000)
  • Salary Raise (at least USD 300/month) on contract renewals.

Other benefits include:

  • Organized team-building activities
  • Personal Career Development Planning