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!


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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How do you immerse yourself in Chinese culture?

Daily life

Teaching in China is not just about teaching. It’s about all the experiences you’ll have outside the classroom too. One of these experiences is soaking up the Chinese culture. As one of the world’s oldest cultures, it’s...

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7 reasons why Chinese university students cheat in exams (and how they do it)

Students

While working in China as an English teacher, I’ve learned that some university students cheat in exams. It’s an interesting phenomenon given many Chinese universities have a no-fail policy for paid-up students. So why would a stude...

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How to motivate your students in China

Teaching strategies

Fact: unless we’re inspired to do something, it probably won’t get done. As a TEFL teacher in China, we’re often required to not only bring an enthusiasm for teaching, but to bring enough motivation for all of our students too....

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Behavior management in Chinese universities – should you use the carrot or the stick?

Students

Picture this scene: you’re standing in front of your university English class in China trying to explain something. Meanwhile, Adam has his head on his desk, sleeping, Sugar is playing with her mobile phone and Fiona is doing homework from a...

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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 smart 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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