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.

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


Eating out in Zhenjiang

Food

I’ve taught English in many cities in China. None have had such a wide range of eating out options that I’m currently enjoying in Zhenjiang. My campus at Jiangsu University is surrounded by an impressive range of restaurants and hawker...

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Cultural misunderstandings I’ve experienced in China

Personal stories

A lot of people talk about culture shock when coming to China. Though yes, the focus is often on us foreigners experiencing the ‘shocks’, that does not mean it doesn’t go both ways. You might be wondering, ‘what does Ni...

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89 tips for teaching English in China (a complete list for the conscientious TEFL teacher)

Advice

You’ve probably heard a few tips when it comes to teaching English in China. “Prepare for a different culture” and “pack the right clothes”, the so-called experts tell us. These tips are neither helpful nor insight...

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Why are so many English teachers in China single?

Opinion

I’ve been teaching in China for nearly six years and in that time I’ve met a great many fellow expat teachers from all over the world. Some are old, some are young and they come from different countries too. But one thing that most...

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Planning your trip to China just got a whole lot easier

Reviews

Planning a trip to China is exciting. It’s home to the Great Wall, the panda sanctuary and the intriguing Terracotta Warriors. While it’s good to research the places we’ll visit before we get there, we often skip the most impo...

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7 basic, fun games to engage your Chinese students

Classroom activities

Everyone loves playing games. For young learners especially, games are a crucial part of learning a foreign language. There are many benefits to playing games in the classroom. Students become more engaged, taught content is reinforced and clas...

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Why is it hard to make Chinese friends?

Opinion

You always hear how friendly Chinese people are. Teachers who worked in China before me praised Chinese people for being so welcoming. While I’ve found this to be true, it doesn’t mean that making friends with Chinese people, and sp...

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Teaching oral English to university students in China

Teaching strategies

Ah, the lure of the TEFL industry. See the world, they said, experience a new culture, broaden your horizons! The EFL job ads literally scream at you, “Come and teach in our country!” So, after a robust interview process, you get ac...

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Top reads of 2018

Reviews

As the year comes to a close, I thought it would be timely to look back at the most popular Teach in China blogs this year. Some are fresh off the press in 2018, while others keep impressing readers year after year. From why Chinese people spit...

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The benefits of teaching in China that no one tells you about

Personal stories

You might already know about some of the main benefits of teaching in China, like airfare reimbursement and free accommodation at some schools. But let me fill you in on some of the benefits of teaching in China that I really wasn’t expecti...

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