My comparison of CELTA vs TEFL

Opinion

by Kim Ooi

Are you tossing up between a CELTA or TEFL course? For those wishing to teach English in China, choosing the right teacher training course can be challenging. At one end of the spectrum, we have the ‘gold standard’ of teacher traini...

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How university contracts in China are changing for TEFL teachers

Opinion

by Kim Ooi

I’ve been teaching in China for several years. Although I’ve taught at many different schools in China, the bulk of my time has been spent teaching at universities and colleges. The wording of the university contract has always seem...

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Why are so many English teachers in China single?

Opinion

by Kim Ooi

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

by Nicholas McKay

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

by Kim Ooi

For my entire teaching career so far, I've 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 cl...

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

Opinion

by Kim Ooi

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

by Kim Ooi

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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What Chinese university students really want from their oral English class

Opinion

by Kim Ooi

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

by Kim Ooi

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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Discrimination against non-native English speakers in the TEFL industry

Opinion

by Kim Ooi

Discrimination against non-native English speakers in the TEFL world is currently an emotive and hotly debated topic in online forums. Does this discrimination really exist though? Look at any TEFL job advertisement and you are likely to see ph...

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