Why are so many English teachers in China single?

Opinion

February 06, 2019

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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Why is it hard to make Chinese friends?

Opinion

January 10, 2019

You always hear how friendly Chinese people are. Teachers who worked in China before me praised Chinese people for being so welcoming. While I’ve found this to be true, it doesn’t mean that making friends with Chinese people, and sp...

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Online teaching vs classroom teaching – which one is better?

Opinion

October 20, 2018

For my entire teaching career so far, I have been a classroom-based teacher. However, recently I’ve started tutoring a student online and thought it would be a good idea to compare the two. So which one is better, online teaching or clas...

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12 skills you need to be a successful university teacher in China

Opinion

September 12, 2018

Usually, when you enquire about a job, you are sent two documents – a person specification and a job description. The first gives you an idea of the type of person the organisation is looking for and is basically a list of attributes that th...

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

Opinion

May 02, 2018

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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