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!


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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Think you’ve got it tough teaching English?

Interview

So you think you’ve got it tough teaching English? Then put yourself in the shoes of Yang Chunyan, a Chinese-born English teacher. Yang started learning English at the age of 11. She’s now an English teacher at the Three Gorges Univ...

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10 ways to help fight jet lag

Planning

Flying to China is exciting. Adventure awaits! However, you're probably going to experience one of the few downsides of traveling abroad – jet lag. Although there’s no instant cure or magic formula to avoid jet lag, luckily ther...

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7 things to do the moment you arrive in China

Planning

You’ve landed in China and all you can think about is dropping your suitcase and getting out there and exploring. Hold it right there! There are seven things you must do immediately after arriving in China. 1. Take care Take...

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Do your research before you go, says Texan teacher

Interview

In the second of this two-part series, we continue our interview with Texan John Mandina. John is an English teacher in China and currently lives in the city of Wuxi, Jiangsu province. What’s been the best part of your teaching exper...

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