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It’s the Year of the Dog in 2018


February 08, 2018

In 2018, over a billion people in China and around the world will celebrate Year of the Dog. What is the Year of the Dog? According to the Chinese Zodiac, each new year is represented by 1 of 12 animals. This year it’s the dog. People...

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Student life in China – through the eyes of a university student


February 05, 2018

Have you ever wondered what life in China is like from a student perspective? I taught writing last semester and offered as a prize to the best student in my class, the chance to get their essays published. I have reproduced below, with permiss...

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What Chinese university students really want from their oral English class


January 31, 2018

What do Chinese university students really want from their oral English class with a foreign teacher? First, let me ask you a question. As an oral English teacher, if you had a group of students who are used to being lectured and who have difficul...

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Spending Christmas alone in China? Here’s 7 ways to beat the yuletide blues


December 24, 2017

While Christmas has become mainstream in China, spending it alone can be a difficult time. You won’t be surrounded by family and friends you grew up with, and the cultural traditions of a ‘China Christmas’ are different from wha...

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How I embraced the digital classroom in China

Teaching strategies

December 09, 2017

For many of us, we can remember the sound of chalk scraping along the blackboard. The teacher, almost a dictator, would rarely venture more than an arm’s length away from their main teaching aid. In an ESL classroom in China, the environment...

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