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.

20 basic Mandarin phrases to help you survive in China

Daily life

When I first thought about writing a blog on the most useful, basic Chinese phrases for a foreigner in China, I didn’t know where to start. I’ll be honest – if you never eat out, don’t travel anywhere, don’t go to bar...

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What is it really like to live and teach in China?

Opinion

In August 2013, I left for China to start my first overseas teaching post. I am now partway through my fifth year here. I thought it would be a good idea to write this article so that prospective teachers can find out what it is really like to liv...

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7 weird things in China that gave me culture shock

Daily life

As a foreigner in China, I initially experienced a lot of culture shock. Several things that I saw here frustrated and angered me. Nobody ever thought to brief me on what to expect or to explain why these things were happening. Eventually, h...

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How to set exams in China

Teaching strategies

China’s education system is exam-focused and even foreign teachers can’t escape having to set exams. Yet, no TEFL course to my knowledge teaches their trainees how to set and grade exams. There are many ways to set exams and hopeful...

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Teaching subjects in China

Teaching strategies

You’ve passed your TEFL course. After a period of job hunting, you get offered a job as an English teacher at a university in China. Full of excitement and enthusiasm, you fly off to the Middle Kingdom. As you wander around your new surr...

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

Students

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

Opinion

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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Why teaching English in China is better than working in the UK

Opinion

As an expat in China, I suffered from a lot of culture shock initially so I’m really surprised to find myself writing this blog today. But, like many people have said, it all depends on the perspective you take. After doing some reflectio...

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China Z visa requirements - what the latest changes mean for foreign teachers

Advice

Up until 2017, the procedure for getting a China Z visa to teach English was fairly straightforward. When you applied for a teaching vacancy in China, all you needed to do was submit your resume, photo, references as well as scans of your passport...

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10 questions you should ask before accepting a China TEFL job offer

Advice

The dreaded job interview – you’re trying to appear confident and professional whilst your heart is beating like a sledgehammer. And why wouldn’t it be? The outcome of the interview could have a major impact on your life. A...

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