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 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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10 years teaching in China…and still going strong! (Part 2)

Interview

For more than 10 years, educator Malachy Scullion has been teaching grammar, managing student behavior, and having the time of his life in one of the most exciting countries in the world – China. This is part 2 of his incredible story. RE...

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10 years teaching in China…and still going strong!

Interview

For more than 10 years, educator Malachy Scullion has been teaching grammar, managing student behavior, and having the time of his life in one of the most exciting countries in the world – China. Malachy, you’re a stalwart teacher! Wha...

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Chinese New Year kicks off with a bang (unless you’re single)

Festivals

Chinese New Year, known in China as the Spring Festival, officially starts tomorrow. With festivities lasting 15 days, and a week-long break for most workers, it’s the happiest time of year for over a billion people across China. That is,...

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How to find a partner in China

Advice

You’ve been teaching in China for a while. Although you’re having the time of your life, you’d like to share the experience with someone special. Sounds familiar? The good news is you’re not alone. China is home to mor...

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