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.

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 stude...

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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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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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