Kim hails from the UK. Educated at the universities of Winchester and West London, he’s had quite a varied career. He's worked in retail, in the public library service, in administration and in telecommunications. Made redundant as a result of the global financial crisis, he decided to train to become an EFL teacher and passed his CELTA in 2012. He has been teaching in China since 2013, mainly in the university sector. His hobbies include dancing, water sports, horse riding and rifle shooting. He also collects stamps, coins and militaria.

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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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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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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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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The 7 secret methods of a highly successful teacher in China

Teaching strategies

Any teacher who’s passionate about their profession wants the best for their students. If there were some secret methods or techniques that we could use to engage our students, we’d be keen to know what those were. Right? Although I...

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Online teaching vs classroom teaching – which one is better?

Opinion

For my entire teaching career so far, I have been a classroom-based teacher. However, recently I’ve started tutoring a student online and thought it would be a good idea to compare the two. So which one is better, online teaching or clas...

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12 skills you need to be a successful university teacher in China

Opinion

Usually, when you enquire about a job, you are sent two documents – a person specification and a job description. The first gives you an idea of the type of person the organisation is looking for and is basically a list of attributes that th...

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What happens if you get sick in China?

Personal stories

I’m normally a very healthy person and hardly ever need to see a doctor. I didn’t think that I’d ever be able to write this article. However, I’ve recently had a couple of interesting encounters with medical professionals i...

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Don’t teach in China if you...

Advice

I have been teaching in China now for nearly five years. In that time, I have met a great many fellow teachers from all over the world. I have seen teachers thrive and make a success of their teaching careers in China but I have also seen teacher...

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