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!


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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9 mistakes you don’t want to make as an ESL teacher in China

Advice

Teaching English in China? Here are the nine biggest mistakes you don’t want to make – before you leave for China and while you’re there. BEFORE YOU GO TO CHINA 1. Not doing your research If there’s just one thing you...

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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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Testing and its place in our lessons

Teaching strategies

Education should not be something that ends the moment students leave high school. As someone who believes in life-long learning, this is my belief. However, teaching to the test, an internationally recognized strategy, imposes a pedagogical techn...

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Becoming an expat in Fuzhou (Part 2)

Personal stories

One pastime in China that is unfamiliar to me is the dancing. (Missed Part 1 of Sarah's story? - Read it here first) There are a variety of parks all around Fuzhou, my teach-abroad destination, where the older generation gather to listen to...

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