Online Education Boom Rakes In Millions For English Teachers In China

According to, a multi-million takeover underlines the massive growth market in education.

The report says Zheng Renqiang is surely one of China’s highest-earning English teachers.

Online EducationIt notes further that Zheng teaches IELTS (International English Language Testing System) training programs less than 20 hours a month-but the 32-year-old says he can make a staggering 10 million yuan ($1.61 million) a year.

It also says the Internet is what drives and makes such a salary possible. Armed with just a computer, a camera and a headset microphone, more than 1,000 students are able to sit in on his cyber classes, during which Zheng passes on his tips on how to score highly on IELTS tests-exams which often determine whether young Chinese students can gain places to study abroad or not.

Zheng is enjoying such wealth because of what has now become a booming online educational wave in China.

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His operation (which involves himself and just 10 well-recognized IELTS teachers across China), was bought over in December and merged with the Guangzhou-based online education platform owned by the Nasdaq-listed YY Inc, a Chinese-language, live video-streaming platform-in a deal worth hundreds of millions of yuan, the report added.

“What I can (confirm about the price) is the number was beyond my expectations,” says Zheng, who is now deputy-manager of “I’m clearly happy, but until that moment I really hadn’t realized how much my life was about to be changed.”

The report states that Zheng says agreeing to team up with was more about how technology could be used to optimize the experience of online education, rather than the money.

The man who grew up in rural China has taught English for around a decade in some of China’s best-known English training organizations, including the New Oriental Education& Technology Group Inc. It was only a year ago that he decided to move his business online.

His teaching channel, now joined with YY’s live video-streaming platform which has 600 million registers, is enrolling up to 4,000 students a month.

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