89 tips for teaching English in China (a complete list for the conscientious TEFL teacher)

Advice

by Mike Cairnduff

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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How to teach English in China in 6 easy steps

Advice

by Mike Cairnduff

If you want to teach English in China but don’t know where to start, this blog is for you. As simply as I can, I’ll explain how to teach English in China in six easy steps. By the end, you’ll know exactly what’s required...

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Don’t teach in China if you...

Advice

by Kim Ooi

I have been teaching in China now for nearly five years. In that time, I have met a great many fellow teachers from all over the world. I have seen teachers thrive and make a success of their teaching careers in China but I have also seen teacher...

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

Advice

by Kim Ooi

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

by Mike Cairnduff

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

by Nicholas McKay

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

by Mike Cairnduff

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

by Kim Ooi

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 TEFL job offer

Advice

by Kim Ooi

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. Accepti...

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10 ways to avoid loneliness in China

Advice

by Kim Ooi

Loneliness can be a problem for foreign teachers in China. You’re in a new environment where you don’t know many people, you may not speak Chinese and you may not know where the sightseeing spots are in your city. Students are gener...

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