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!


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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How to strike a balance between behavior management and student connections

Teaching strategies

Personally, I find behavioral management to be challenging. It’s a classroom practice I’m not particularly confident in. Though mentor teachers of mine have praised my techniques, they likewise felt concerned. Considering some of t...

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Teaching abroad: Why China is better than South Korea

Opinion

You’ve decided to teach overseas but can’t pick between China and South Korea. To help make the choice easy for you, here are six reasons why China is the better option. Let's jump straight in. 1. Your money goes further C...

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The 7 deadly sins of China

Daily life

China is one of the most fascinating countries in the world, whether you're traveling or teaching there. But like any country, it has its problems. Here’s an honest appraisal of some of the things foreigners find difficult deali...

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Teaching English in Yichang – 21 questions with Brooke

Interview

Want to know what it’s like teaching in China? Australian Brooke Wilmsen shares her experience about her stint in Yichang, Hubei province. 1. Why did you decide to teach English overseas? I decided to teach overseas so that I co...

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The top 5 challenges facing English teachers in China

Opinion

In this guest post, ex-teacher Mark Johnson shares his views on the biggest challenges facing English teachers in China. You’ve landed! After hours upon hours of sitting in a flying metal tube, stealing snippets of sleep and wrestling wit...

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How China’s cities are like Game of Thrones characters

Opinion

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Here’s my take on how China’s biggest and best cities epitomize the show’s characters. Beijing – Cersei Lannister While Beijing rules over the rest of China, Cersei’s influence over l...

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