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!


Safety precautions for newcomers in China

Advice

Shortly before I left for China to take up my first overseas teaching post, several members of my family gave me some advice on how to stay safe in China. I thought it would be a good idea to share some of this advice here for the benefit of those...

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The top 3 China-related movies of all time

Reviews

Has anyone seen the latest Matt Damon film, The Great Wall? This epic stinker features Damon’s character playing a European mercenary who teams up with the commander of the Wall, performed by China’s Jing Tian. Together they try to...

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How to get your ESL class off to a great start this semester

Classroom activities

Now that Semester 2 has started in China, ESL teachers would have been introduced to their classes, getting into the swing of teaching and trying to build connections with their students. Sometimes this can be done with a letter to the teacher, as...

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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 of people. There are, however, some things that many of them do that are just plain annoying. Here are seven things that I find the most irksome. 1. They eat Western junk food When...

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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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