Welcome to the Teach English in China blog!

Here you will find real stories, practical advice and opinion pieces about teaching English in China - all written by past or present teachers.

If you would like to contribute to the blog, please contact us and we'll be in touch.

So make yourself a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy reading. You may even decide to teach in China!


What to expect in your first week teaching in China

Planning

Moving to China to teach English is a life-changing experience.  You'll witness an incredible culture, meet new people, and have the opportunity to travel across Asia. Although adjusting to your new surroundings can take time, if you k...

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The 10 tacky Chinese souvenirs you’ll probably end up buying

Shopping

Let’s face it – every overseas trip means a suitcase full of questionable souvenirs to sift through when you get home. From weird t-shirts to retro Chairman Mao statues, China is up there for having some of the tackiest souvenirs aroun...

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Discrimination against non-native English speakers in the TEFL industry

Opinion

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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The teaching method that will transform your classroom

Teaching strategies

Embodied pedagogical approaches can work wonders in the second-language classroom. Embodied pedagogy: what is it? When undertaking my Master of Teaching, my area of academic interest was embodied pedagogy; in short, using the human body as a le...

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Are you guilty of stereotyping your Chinese students?

Students

In teaching English to second-language learners, there are many stereotypes I have come across. Some teachers I’ve met are quick to label their students. Below are just some of the stereotypes I have heard in conjunction with Chinese learner...

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7 annoying things that ESL teachers do in China

Opinion

For the most part, ESL teachers in China are a good bunch. There are, however, some things that many of them do that are just plain annoying. Here’s the top seven that I find the most irksome. 1. They eat Western junk food Eating the o...

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How to write a killer lesson plan - GANAG

Teaching strategies

Let me share my secrets on how to write a killer lesson plan that works every time - GANAG. Those of us, who are new teachers, don’t have the luxury of reams of previous lesson plans, worksheets and activities, which proved to be effective....

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7 things you should not bring to China

Planning

Travelers are often told what they should bring with them when they go to China. But what about the things that are best left behind? Here are seven things you should think twice about when packing your bags for China. 1. Your big, expensive ca...

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How to connect with your students

Students

Want to know how to connect with your students? Read on and I'll reveal my techniques. Sometimes, students will spend more time with you, their teacher, than they will with their parents. Teachers, after all, have a massively important role in...

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8 good reasons why you should teach English overseas

Planning

Weighing up your career or gap year options? Here are eight reasons why you should pack your bags and teach English overseas. 1. Earn money while you travel Teaching abroad is one of the best ways to travel the world and earn money at the...

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