More than 100,000 teaching positions are being offered to Filipinos to help students in China to learn English. Dr Zhang Hang, a Chinese language teacher and researcher at the College of International Relations of Huaqiao University, said many Chinese nationals can barely understand, much less speak English, The Filipino Times reported.

Dr Hang, speaking to students and young professionals joining the China-Philippines Youth Exchange Program, said the Philippines is known for its excellent English education program. He said that both countries can work together on education exchanges and strengthen China-Philippines relations.

In April, both countries were working on an agreement that would allow thousands of Filipinos to work in China teaching English. Chito Sta. Romana, the Philippines’ ambassador to China, said there is a growing demand to learn English in China.

Filipinos interested in working in China as English teachers should have a bachelor’s degree, a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification, two years of work experience, be a native English speaker and should be between the ages of 24 and 55.