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!


The ESL teacher’s guide to Chinglish

Students

Nihao! Welcome to China! Today, I am going to teach you a new language which you will find most helpful in your efforts to understand what your students are saying. This language is neither Chinese nor English but a mixture of the two – Chin...

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From loneliness to happiness: how getting a girlfriend made me enjoy teaching in China even more

Personal stories

Teaching English in China is a great experience as I am sure you have read on blogs such as this. However, moving thousands of miles away from the comfort of your own home, away from family, friends and your beloved sports team can be daunting....

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How to manage students with serious behavioral issues

Teaching strategies

Regardless of who we are teaching, whether it’s students in kindergarten, primary, secondary or tertiary level, managing behavior is always involved. Inevitably, however, teachers will encounter students who have serious behavioral issues, w...

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10 ways to avoid loneliness in China

Advice

Loneliness can be a problem for foreign teachers in China. You’re in a new environment where you don’t know many people, you may not speak Chinese and you may not know where the sightseeing spots are in your city. Students are gener...

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How to benefit from having a teaching assistant in your ESL classroom

Teaching strategies

At some point we have all been subjected to learning a second language. This may be voluntarily for pleasure or, for many, whilst at school and without much of a choice. Whichever category you fall under I think we can all agree that learning a se...

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Teaching in China in your 50s: it's just what the doctor ordered

Personal stories

Meet Doctor X: a male, mature-aged Brit who has been teaching English in China for over six years. He’s written a tell-all memoir of his adventures and strange encounters in this country he now calls home. Fascinated, I interview him. Bef...

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What it’s like teaching English in Fuzhou

Interview

British teacher Sarah Bucknall shares her experience about teaching English in Fuzhou, Fujian province, eastern China. What have you enjoyed the most about teaching in Fuzhou? Having the opportunity to have an authentic cultural experience thro...

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Helping students experiencing great difficulty with English

Students

You can’t save everyone. My media teaching instructor once said this to me. It is a philosophy I strongly believe in, even if it seems a little cruel. I love teaching. Being able to change a student’s life, by teaching them somethin...

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10 mistakes you don’t want to make as a TEFL teacher in China

Advice

Teaching in China is an incredible experience and you're bound to have the time of your life. However, even seasoned travelers can make simple mistakes when preparing to teach in China or once they’ve arrived. As a past TEFL teacher i...

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A guide to the types of eggs that you can eat in China

Food

Few people would say that they want to teach abroad in order to try new foods. I think this is a vastly overlooked aspect of working as a TEFL teacher, particularly in Asian countries like China. China has a diverse and fascinating range of dis...

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