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!


Disastrous dating dilemmas in China (Part 2)

Personal stories

So, you want to date in China? In my last post, I looked at a great social app to meet women online, some advice on work place romance, and a key difference between Western and Chinese relationships. Today I want to discuss some of the problems...

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Disastrous dating dilemmas in China (Part 1)

Personal stories

So, you want a girlfriend in China? You’re single, and ready to mingle, as some might say. Maybe you’re a ‘rice chaser’? Or, to put it another way, perhaps you have ‘yellow fever’? Before beginning to teach i...

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7 weird things you will probably do in China

Daily life

While you’re living and teaching in China, you’ll have a lot of amazing experiences. You’ll adapt yourself to a culture that’s very different to your own, and see sites you always dreamed of seeing in real life. You’l...

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What happens if you get sick in China?

Personal stories

I’m normally a very healthy person and hardly ever need to see a doctor. I didn’t think that I’d ever be able to write this article. However, I’ve recently had a couple of interesting encounters with medical professionals i...

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Thinking about teaching in China? Here are 3 golden considerations

Planning

Are you thinking about teaching in China? Before you make this big but exciting decision, it’s critical that you first do your research about what options are available in China. You need to determine what you want out of your experience,...

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Don’t teach in China if you...

Advice

I have been teaching in China now for nearly five years. In that time, I have met a great many fellow teachers from all over the world. I have seen teachers thrive and make a success of their teaching careers in China but I have also seen teacher...

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Whoosh away your English classroom problems!

Teaching strategies

Has the title of this article gone ‘whoosh’ right over your head? Don’t worry, the same thing happened to me when I first heard the concept of a ‘Whoosh!’ exercise. Imagine you are teaching students a text, whether...

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What are the best apps to use in China?

Reviews

Chinese people love the latest technology and they use their phones for everything. As a result, there are plenty of apps that you can use while you’re in China. They’ll make it easier for you to communicate, get around, book trips...

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Lessons I learned in my first year of teaching in China

Personal stories

I can remember when I first made the decision to move into the challenging world of teaching. I didn’t know what to expect but could foresee the promise of travel and absorption into another culture. I was sold! I gained so much from my...

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Should I stay or should I go? What to consider at the end of your teaching contract in China

Advice

If you plan on teaching English in China for more than a year, you will need to decide whether to renew your contract and stay at the same school or move to a new school. In this article, I highlight some important factors that you should consider...

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