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!


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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Teaching abroad: why China is better than Japan

Opinion

Torn between choosing China or Japan for your next teaching abroad stint? Here’s six reasons why China is the better option. China is cheaper Where can you buy a bottle of water for 20 cents and a meal for just a few dollars? Certainl...

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How much money can you make teaching English in China?

Advice

How much money can you make teaching English in China? This is the question on most prospective TEFL teachers’ lips. And why wouldn't it be? Mainland China is one of the world's biggest markets for English language teaching. In f...

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Teaching in rural China: an honest account (Part 2)

Interview

In Part 2 of this blog, we continue the conversation with Dan McElroy about teaching English in rural China. Dan worked in Jiaxian, Henan province, for one school year. This is a frank and honest account of his time there. READ PART 1...

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Teaching in rural China: an honest account

Interview

In this blog, Dan McElroy shares his story about teaching English in rural China. Dan worked in Jiaxian, Henan province, for one school year. This is a frank and honest account of his time there. How did you find the whole ‘Chi...

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Q&A with a Chinese English teacher in China

Interview

Yang Chunyan started learning English at the age of 11. She now teaches the language at Three Gorges University in Yichang, Hubei province, central China. In this blog, Yang (pictured, above right) shares her experience as a teacher, incl...

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The tale of traveling 10 hours to see junk

Personal stories

I arrive in big, bustling Hong Kong. It’s as humid as hell, but who cares? It has some of the best shopping in the world! Time is limited. I’m here for just three days and there’s so much to see and do. I’ve been her...

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