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 is it really like to live and teach in China?

Opinion

In August 2013, I left for China to start my first overseas teaching post. I am now partway through my fifth year here. I thought it would be a good idea to write this article so that prospective teachers can find out what it is really like to liv...

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Chinese toilets (5 tips on surviving the squat!)

Daily life

When you move to China to teach you’ll find yourself dealing with a lot of new things. You’ll have to try to learn a few Mandarin words and work to overcome problems caused by not knowing the language. You’ll be faced with all...

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From classroom to kitchen: how a Beijing expat turbocharged his career in China

Food

Preston Thomas has been teaching English in China since 2011. In a bold career move, this entrepreneurial expat has just opened up a new restaurant in Beijing called The View 4109. I had a chat with Preston to find out about his time teaching in C...

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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, h...

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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...

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The cross-dressing teacher in China

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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