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!


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

Advice

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&#39...

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

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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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The top 10 things to do in Fuzhou (from an expat who lived there)

Places

Fuzhou is a city in the southeast of China, not far from the coast and almost directly opposite Taiwan. Few tourists come to Fuzhou. It’s just an ordinary city with people going about their lives. But that doesn’t mean there aren&r...

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20 basic Mandarin phrases to help you survive in China

Daily life

When I first thought about writing a blog on the most useful, basic Chinese phrases for a foreigner in China, I didn’t know where to start. I’ll be honest – if you never eat out, don’t travel anywhere, don’t go to bar...

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What is the best way to learn Chinese?

Advice

Chinese, or Mandarin, is the world’s most spoken language and there are many ways you can learn it. But what is the best way to learn Chinese? Well, in my experience the best way doesn’t necessarily mean the quickest. Rather, the best...

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