EF Academic Partnerships University Teacher

    • Shanghai, China

EF Academic Partnerships runs undergraduate and postgraduate programs at leading universities in Shanghai. We teach over 40,000 students across 22 universities. Academic partnerships are currently looking for ESL qualified, teachers who are motivated to teach and assess their students to a high academic standard and develop themselves through various career opportunities.

In addition to University ESL courses, qualified teachers have developed and are currently teaching the following courses: British Literature, Western Culture, Public Speaking, Academic Writing, US History, IELTS Preparation, Intercultural Communication, Modern European Languages.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • 120hr TEFL

                             *All successful candidates without a TEFL will be able to take the 120hr Foundational                                    TEFL (online course) free of charge.


  • Deliver courses to a high academic standard
  • Evaluate student progress, give accurate assessments, and provide guidance for improvement
  • Maintain healthy working environment and comply with university standards
  • Develop, update, and maintain materials for current or future courses 

Opportunities for Development

  • Regular peer observations and feedback sessions
  • Team rundowns
  • Teacher training and development
  • Remote trainings in ESL
  • EF sponsored teacher lead conferences
  • Mandarin courses
  • EF sponsored networking events 

Certificates / Degree

*free, reimbursable or at discount

  • Foundation TEFL
  • Cambridge TKT
  • Trinity CertTESOL
  • Trinity DipTESOL,
  • Hult MBA program               

Salary and Benefits

  • 14,322 RMB opening monthly salary
    • With potential increase based on relevant experience and qualifications
  • Annual bonus up to 8,000 RMB
  • Relocation advance 10,000 RMB
  • Paid Chinese National holidays
  • Work opportunities during semester breaks
    • Course content development through Academic Quality Management team
    • Winter and Summer work within EF training centers, tours, product development
  • Statutory salary during semester breaks 2,500 RMB per month 


  • Typically, Monday to Friday schedule
    • No nights no weekends
  • Maximum 4 classes per day
  • Maximum 15 classes per week
  • Average class size 35 students
  • Semester breaks according to academic calendar
    • Winter 3 to 5 weeks
    • Summer 7 to 9 weeks

About Academic Partnerships

In 2004, EF Shanghai launched what was initially referred to as the Channel project. The main purpose of this project was to examine existing educational channels across the city and develop relationships with established education departments and schools for all ages and levels.

In September of that year, the Channel project began a partnership with Shanghai Normal University in Xuhui, and EF Academic Partnerships was born. Initially, the project consisted of only a teacher and a Director of Studies working with small groups of students with a focus on developing their oral proficiency.

The following year, Academic Partnerships branched out to Songjiang in the South West of Shanghai. The initial inception was in Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (now SUIBE), but further growth soon followed at SHUPL and eventually Lixin University of Commerce (now SLUAF).

In other parts of the city, Academic Partnerships was also developing relationships in Lingang, with Shanghai Maritime University, and Yangpu with Shanghai University of Sports. By the end of 2010, EF Academic Partnerships was collaborating with six schools across Shanghai.

At the end of 2012, Shanghai announced an education reform expected to be rolled out across the city at the start of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement lead to the introduction of a new college English program at a number of schools, which would eventually lead to initial collaboration with the top tier schools ECUPL, ECNU and SJTU, and in later years with additional top tier schools including SUFE, SU, DHU and ECUST. Academic Partnerships currently teaches at 20 top tier universities in the greater Shanghai area.

The education reform shifted the focus from oral English proficiency, favoring study skills and content learning. This allowed for the development of content-based courses, such as law, British literature, and American History, in conjunction with skills-based courses including Academic Writing and IELTS preparation.

In the past year we have put together classes including Music and Culture, Western Culture through Science Fiction, Writing for Business and Marketing, and Creative Writing, and plan to continue developing such courses in the coming years.

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