After 10 years of pen-pushing for insurance companies, Mike decided it was time to leave his desk job behind and go to China to teach English. He first taught young students in Zhejiang province, and returned to China to teach university students in Hubei province. Mike currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, and can often be seen eating dumplings in Chinatown.

Is it safe to teach in China in 2021?

Opinion

Lots of people are asking whether it’s safe to teach in China this year. In this blog, I’m going to summarize teaching in China from a safety perspective and what you need to consider. I’ll keep it fairly concise so you can ma...

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My best advice for your Teach in China contract

Advice

If you’re looking for information on China teaching contracts, you’re in the right place. I’ve taught English in China before, and I’ve recruited many teachers who’ve landed great positions in China. I’ve the...

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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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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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How do you immerse yourself in Chinese culture?

Daily life

Teaching in China is not just about teaching. It’s about all the experiences you’ll have outside the classroom too. One of these experiences is soaking up the Chinese culture. As one of the world’s oldest cultures, it’s...

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91 tips for teaching English in China (a full list for the smart TEFL teacher)

Advice

You’ve probably heard a few tips when it comes to teaching English in China. “Prepare for a different culture” and “pack the right clothes”, the so-called experts tell us. These tips are neither helpful nor insight...

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Planning your trip to China just got a whole lot easier

Reviews

Planning a trip to China is exciting. It’s home to the Great Wall, the panda sanctuary and the intriguing Terracotta Warriors. While it’s good to research the places we’ll visit before we get there, we often skip the most impo...

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7 basic, fun games to engage your Chinese students

Classroom activities

Everyone loves playing games. For young learners especially, games are a crucial part of learning a foreign language. There are many benefits to playing games in the classroom. Students become more engaged, taught content is reinforced and clas...

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Top reads of 2018

Reviews

As the year comes to a close, I thought it would be timely to look back at the most popular Teach in China blogs this year. Some are fresh off the press in 2018, while others keep impressing readers year after year. From why Chinese people spit...

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