Should I stay or should I go? What to consider at the end of your teaching contract in China

Advice

May 25, 2018

If you plan on teaching English in China for more than a year, you will need to decide whether to renew your contract and stay at the same school or move to a new school. In this article, I highlight some important factors that you should consider...

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What is the best way to learn Chinese?

Advice

May 10, 2018

Chinese, or Mandarin, is the world’s most spoken language and there are many ways you can learn it. But what is the best way to learn Chinese? Well, in my experience the best way doesn’t necessarily mean the quickest. Rather, the best...

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How to take the stress out of teaching

Advice

October 22, 2017

When taught how to become a teacher, you learn many things except how not to let the job get the best of you. A few evenings ago, I was playing Mahjong with my wife. This was our seventh round, and I had won all but one of them. For those of yo...

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Travel truths: what you need to know about China

Advice

September 16, 2017

I recently came across a great blog that outlined 40 travel truths you should know by age 40. Naturally, my brain turned to ‘China mode’ and as I ran through the list I considered how each of the truths applied to China. So here are...

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

Advice

September 04, 2017

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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