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!


Teaching in China with a disability

Advice

Can you teach in China with a disability? I’m sure this is something that very few disabled people have ever thought about. But with millions of disabled peopled not working in the UK alone, isn’t this a conversation worth having?...

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Want to teach English in Hangzhou? 6 tips for first timers

Advice

Hangzhou is a great place to teach English. This modern city is home to top schools and eager students, and just an hour away from Shanghai by fast train. Most importantly, Hangzhou is one of China’s most beautiful cities. There’...

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My comparison of CELTA vs TEFL

Opinion

Are you tossing up between a CELTA or TEFL course? For those wishing to teach English in China, choosing the right teacher training course can be challenging. At one end of the spectrum, we have the ‘gold standard’ of teacher traini...

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What is the best online TEFL course?

Reviews

I'm asked this question a lot. So, what is the best online TEFL course? Well, like many things in life, there’s no simple answer. Course quality, features and cost all come into the equation. What I can tell you, however, is there are...

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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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