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.

Teaching at a Chinese university vs a Chinese college

Advice

Teaching at a Chinese university or a Chinese college is quite a popular job for those who choose to teach English in China. This blog aims to explore some of the significant differences between teaching at a Chinese university and at a Chinese co...

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How are students punished in China?

Students

Standing in a corner. Writing lines. Perhaps being smacked on your hand with a ruler. I’m sure all of us have memories of this. Even if we were model students who never got punished ourselves, we would’ve seen or heard about some of...

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What it’s like teaching postgraduate students in China

Personal stories

It’s quite common for foreigners teaching in China to take up jobs based at universities and colleges. In my experience, foreign teachers at universities are typically assigned to teach oral English to undergraduates. I've been a univ...

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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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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 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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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 stud...

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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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