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 in Sichuan: Scott’s story


Australian teacher Scott Mitchell has been teaching English in Sichuan province on and off for six years. I took the opportunity to interview him in his final semester. Scott, can you tell us about your experience teaching English in Sichuan? I...

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How to take the stress out of teaching


When taught how to become a teacher, you learn many things except how not to let the job get the best of you. A few evenings ago, I was playing Mahjong with my wife. This was our seventh round, and I had won all but one of them. For those of yo...

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5 most unexpected things you will encounter in China

Daily life

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit a new place? Maybe even a new country? Oftentimes, it is easy to forget that not every other place looks just like, or works just like, how things do at home. Even something as simple as McDona...

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Why teaching English in China is better than working in the UK


As an expat in China, I suffered from a lot of culture shock initially so I’m really surprised to find myself writing this blog today. But, like many people have said, it all depends on the perspective you take. After doing some reflectio...

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4 student homework habits to help kick off your teaching career

Teaching strategies

This blog consists of tips, experience and wisdom – some of it my own, some of it second-hand – that I wish I had put into action in my first year of teaching. I am a hypocrite though. I didn’t do a single one of these things in...

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Eating meatballs with chopsticks: the expat’s guide to Ikea in China


When you make the move to China, one of the first things you’ll want to do is decorate your new apartment. Fortunately, there is Ikea in China! It may seem a little bit odd that I would write about Ikea in China. First of all, isn’t ev...

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Travel truths: what you need to know about China


I recently came across a great blog that outlined 40 travel truths you should know by age 40. Naturally, my brain turned to ‘China mode’ and as I ran through the list I considered how each of the truths applied to China. So here are...

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What are the best VPNs for China in 2019?


In case you haven’t heard, the internet in China is censored. Many of the websites and apps that you rely on every day are inaccessible. It’s known as the Great Firewall of China and it affects more than 1.3 billion people. The g...

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China Z visa requirements - what the latest changes mean for foreign teachers


Up until 2017, the procedure for getting a China Z visa to teach English was fairly straightforward. When you applied for a teaching vacancy in China, all you needed to do was submit your resume, photo, references as well as scans of your passport...

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Is it better to visit China’s cities or villages?


Becoming an English teacher in China is most certainly rewarding in itself. But when your feet start to explore this beautiful and diverse country it’s as though you’ve walked into multiple worlds. From towns with ancient ruins to metr...

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