China's New Online Teaching Policy
On 15th July 2019, China’s Ministry of Education issued new rules for the online teaching market. All online English teachers working with students based in China now need to ontain a teaching certificate before starting work. To many, it will come as no surprise that the Ministry of Education has called for tighter regulations. It was only a matter of time before the government responded to the deluge of students buying online lessons. After all, the spread of online learning is changing the DNA of Chinese education.
Reasons for the changes
This policy shows that the Ministry of Education has heard the concerns raised by Chinese parents and educators. In the Chinese media, for instance, there has been much debate about the level of qualifications obtained by foreign teachers. As the viral spread of online English lessons continues, the Ministry of Education’s new policy is a warning that online teaching companies cannot afford to ignore. Many have noted that a large portion of online teachers from overseas do not hold a teaching certificate. Unsurprisingly, many online teaching companies have responded swiftly to this public debate. At present most companies already conform to the standards issued by the Ministry of Education. In recent months, you may have noticed that more Chinese e-learning providers are asking ESL teachers to gain a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate before applying.
What does the future hold for online English teachers?
The Ministry has issued this new policy in order to restore public faith in the online teaching industry. But what does this mean for the thousands of teachers who teach Chinese students online? For those unqualified teachers who want to continue tutoring Chinese students, obtaining an ESL certificate is now a priority. And while most online teachers have already done this, the Ministry of Education’s announcement will still impact recruitment policies. If you want advice on which certificate to obtain, read our article (see link below) about the differences between TEFL, TESOL and CELTA.
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