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 English (and finding love) in Shenzhen - Part 2

Interview

The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has changed the life of 39-year-old British teacher Tim Robinson. This is part 2 of the interview with Tim. Read part 1 of the interview first. How would you describe Shenzhen? It’s an ultra-m...

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What is Chinese New Year all about?

Festivals

Spring Festival, commonly known as Chinese New Year, kicks off this week. So what is this festival all about? Year of the Pig According to Chinese zodiac, each new year is celebrated with 1 of 12 animals. In 2019 it’s the pig. People b...

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Teaching English (and finding love) in Shenzhen

Interview

The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has changed the life of 39-year-old British teacher Tim Robinson. Why did you decide to teach English in China? After I graduated from university, I got a job as a project manager in the UK with a private c...

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The 10 do’s and don’ts of teaching in China

Advice

Ever thought about leaving your boring life behind to teach English in China? If so, you need to consider the following top tips for a stress-free and enjoyable experience. For a more in-depth look at teaching in China, download the free ebook...

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Thinking about teaching abroad? These 3 teachers chose China

Planning

Going abroad to teach is a big but exciting decision. As part of your decision-making process, it's important to hear about other people's experiences. Below you'll hear from three teachers (from different parts of the globe) who de...

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Want to teach English in Shanghai? 5 tips for first-timers

Advice

Shanghai is a great place to teach English. It's a cosmopolitan city with delicious food and pleasant weather most of the year. It's also home to reputable schools and eager students. But there are some important things you need to k...

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What is the role of the English teacher in China?

Interview

In this blog, I talk to ESL thought leader and co-founder of English Attack!, Paul Maglione, about the role of the English teacher in China. What qualities or characteristics do you think are needed to be a good teacher? A good teacher needs to...

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Why I left my life in the US to teach in China (Part 2)

Personal stories

Since leaving corporate America behind two years ago, I have been traveling across Europe and Asia in search of happiness and living a more meaningful life. My now-girlfriend Jess was supportive of my decision to accept the job in China. W...

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Why I left my life in the US to teach in China

Personal stories

Since leaving corporate America behind two years ago, I have been traveling across Europe and Asia in search of happiness and living a more meaningful life. I used to lie in bed at night and think about my life. I would often ask myself the q...

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Christmas in China - all you need to know

Festivals

We all know that Christmas is celebrated by billions of people around the world. But is Christmas in China a 'thing'? Do Chinese people celebrate Christmas? The short answer is yes, though it's celebrated in different ways. Chris...

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