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!

12 skills you need to be a successful university teacher in China


Usually, when you enquire about a job, you are sent two documents – a person specification and a job description. The first gives you an idea of the type of person the organisation is looking for and is basically a list of attributes that th...

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What are the top 10 cities to visit in China?


What are China’s top 10 tourist cities? According to a recent study, Shanghai is one of the best. But it doesn’t come out on top! Cities on the Chinese mainland were evaluated based on five aspects: Number of visitors T...

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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


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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Do not teach in China if you have any of these 10 traits


I've been teaching in China now for nearly five years. In that time, I've seen many teachers thrive and make a success of their careers in China.  But I've also seen teachers who give our profession a bad name. That is...

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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?


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 traveling or living in China. They’ll make it easier for you to communicate, get a...

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