Welcome to the Teach English in China blog!

Here you will find real stories, practical advice and opinion pieces about teaching English in China - all written by past or present teachers.

If you would like to contribute to the blog, please contact us and we'll be in touch.

So make yourself a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy reading. You may even decide to teach in China!


Want to teach English in Beijing? 5 tips for first timers

Advice

Beijing is a great place to teach English. It’s the cultural capital of China, so you’re guaranteed to have an authentic experience. You’ll get to see the majestic Great Wall, discover the Forbidden City and try delicious Peki...

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10 ways I’ve personally grown and developed my career in China

Personal stories

I didn’t know what to expect before moving to China. Knowing what I do now, I don’t think there is anything that could have really prepared me. Teaching in China for the past three years has taught me many things about being a teach...

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8 things I did to survive my first year working in China

Advice

Reminiscing about my time in China, I find it difficult to believe that it’s been almost three years since I first arrived. Sometimes, it feels like I’ve been here forever. Other times, it feels like I arrived just yesterday. There...

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What it’s like teaching online in China during the coronavirus crisis

Personal stories

As you’re no doubt aware, the world is currently in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic. In an effort to stop the spread of the virus, China has instituted a lockdown which has delayed the start of the school semester. It was due to have...

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How coronavirus has affected my life as a teacher in China

Daily life

From wearing face masks to battling boredom in locked-down cities, the coronavirus has changed the way we live in China. While I’m one of the lucky ones who hasn’t been infected by this contagious disease, it’s still had an...

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How university contracts in China are changing for TEFL teachers

Opinion

I’ve been teaching in China for several years. Although I’ve taught at many different schools in China, the bulk of my time has been spent teaching at universities and colleges. The wording of the university contract has always seem...

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My experience teaching in an international school program in China

Personal stories

In my one and a half years of being in China, teaching in an international school program has proven to be the most fruitful professional experience I’ve had so far. That said, it isn’t always a cakewalk, and I’ll touch on that b...

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7 fun speaking activities for the Chinese university classroom

Classroom activities

Nothing is more intimidating to a university student than speaking in front of the class, especially at a Chinese University. Although Chinese students tend to be on the shy and quieter side, this doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot to...

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The worst teach in China scams and how to avoid them

Planning

You’re all packed. You’ve Googled where you want to go. You’ve spoken to the people at your school and learned what to expect. Then you get to China and experience that sinking feeling. Nothing is like you expected it to be....

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How to prepare for your first week of classes at a Chinese university

Planning

Nothing is more daunting than your first week of teaching at a university, especially in a country whose language isn’t your native tongue. From my personal experience, I had to do a lot of navigating and discovering on my own. My hope is...

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