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Minimum Requirements

If you do not meet the minimum requirements, or are not accepted by First Future, we can help you in a number of other ways. Join the Independent Online English Teachers community to stay updated, and visit our sister site: DigiTEFL eLearning.

LATEST STATUS: Currently the Chinese partner schools are specifically asking for only USA American/Canadian, British/Irish & Australian/New Zealand teachers. Client demands are always changing, so if you are a non-native English speaker or South African (and please believe we've been banging our heads against the Great Wall of China for years over the fact that South Africans are native English speakers !!!), to save you wasting your time, please join our Facebook group so we can update you.



- A full degree (BA, BSc or above)
- TEFL certificate or professional teaching qualification
- At least two years of teaching experience (online or face-to-face)

NOTE: Both a degree and TEFL certificate are now officially required by the Chinese Ministry of Education.


- Fixed-cable internet connection (i.e. Ethernet) of more than 5 Mbps download & 5 Mbps upload

Laptop or desktop PC ... the work cannot be performed on a tablet or phone

- High-quality USB headset and webcam


- You must be able to work in a quiet place, with a suitable background - with images relevant to English teaching
- Clear speaking voice, with no strong accent (i.e. neutral accent)
- Energetic! Able to come across as very lively, friendly and engaging on camera – CLICK HERE for an idea of what we’re looking for.


1. Do you have a completed degree, TEFL and have 2 years of teaching experience?

2. Do you have a laptop or desktop computer, with internet speed of at least 5 Mbps upload and 5 Mbps download?

3. Do you have a USB headset and a bright, colourful background at your workstation?

If NO, then we would be unable to process your application. Please join our Facebook group to stay updated about other opportunities.

If YES, great! Apart from the above, this style of online teaching really rests upon a teacher's ability to perform well in front of a camera. Show us your star quality !!

Video Introduction

Your video introduction will be shown to First Future's Partner Schools and their students, so it's important to make it appealing. You don't need to wear a headset for this. Wear bright colours, have an interesting background, use props such as toys, be lively in your use of body language, and most of all ... smile :-)

We are looking for teachers who are animated and engaging ... make sure that your video demonstrates this.

Your video should be around 30 - 40 seconds in length. Longer videos will be rejected.

The video on this page is an excellent example of the kind of thing we're looking for. Also, here is an example script. No need to follow it exactly ... It's just here as a guide.

Hello, [nice big wave and smile
My name is …. and I'm from ... I love to teach English and share my knowledge of western culture with young students. 
My degree is in … and I have also worked … (mention some of your work experience)
My hobbies are … (open up about this and say what you enjoy doing)  
I believe the most effective way to feel comfortable and confident with learning English is to enjoy having conversations with a teacher who guides students in lessons that are fun and interesting, with plenty of congratulations [display the “Thumbs-Up”] and corrections where necessary! 
I am friendly [big smile], motivated, funny [open hands up] and more importantly patient.
And I love to teach children! [another big smile with a pause] 
I hope and look forward to seeing you or your students [big smile], in one of my classes soon. 
Bye [keep smiling and give a nice wave]

!! Look at the camera ... eye contact !!

Please email your video to