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!


7 weird things in China that gave me culture shock

Daily life

As a foreigner in China, I initially experienced a lot of culture shock. Several things that I saw here frustrated and angered me. Nobody ever thought to brief me on what to expect or to explain why these things were happening. Eventually, howe...

Read more

Teaching English in Jining, Shandong province – Q&A with Teacher Dan

Interview

Canadian Dan Meikle has been teaching English in China for the past three years. He’s currently teaching English in Jining, Shandong province. I interviewed him to find out about his experience teaching in this relatively small city in easte...

Read more

Makeup, dresses and bras: just another day in China with your cross-dressing Chinese teacher

Interview

A new book called China In Drag, by BBC editor Michael Bristow, provides an insightful glimpse into China’s colourful history and current way of life, woven together by the adventures he shared with his cross-dressing Chinese teacher. I inte...

Read more

How to set exams in China

Teaching strategies

China’s education system is exam-focused and even foreign teachers can’t escape having to set exams. Yet, no TEFL course to my knowledge teaches their trainees how to set and grade exams. There are many ways to set exams and hopeful...

Read more

Teaching subjects in China

Teaching strategies

You’ve passed your TEFL course. After a period of job hunting, you get offered a job as an English teacher at a university in China. Full of excitement and enthusiasm, you fly off to the Middle Kingdom. As you wander around your new surr...

Read more

It’s the Year of the Dog in 2018

Festivals

In 2018, over a billion people in China and around the world will celebrate Year of the Dog. What is the Year of the Dog? According to the Chinese Zodiac, each new year is represented by 1 of 12 animals. This year it’s the dog. People...

Read more

Student life in China – through the eyes of a university student

Students

Have you ever wondered what life in China is like from a student perspective? I taught writing last semester and offered as a prize to the best student in my class, the chance to get their essays published. I have reproduced below, with permiss...

Read more

What Chinese university students really want from their oral English class

Opinion

What do Chinese university students really want from their oral English class with a foreign teacher? First, let me ask you a question. As an oral English teacher, if you had a group of students who are used to being lectured and who have difficul...

Read more

Spending Christmas alone in China? Here are 7 ways to beat the yuletide blues

Festivals

While Christmas has become mainstream in China, spending it alone can be a difficult time. You won’t be surrounded by family and friends you grew up with, and the cultural traditions of Christmas in China are different from what you’r...

Read more

How I embraced the digital classroom in China

Teaching strategies

For many of us, we can remember the sound of chalk scraping along the blackboard. The teacher, almost a dictator, would rarely venture more than an arm’s length away from their main teaching aid. In an ESL classroom in China, the environment...

Read more