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 TEFL in China can open up career doors

Personal stories

In this blog, I talk to Jonathan Arthur, ex English teacher and marketer for English First (EF), about how TEFL in China can open up career doors. Jonathan, can you tell us about your career journey so far? I graduated from university in the UK...

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When the students control the curriculum

Teaching strategies

Teaching English in China takes me back to being at school. Some subjects caught my attention, others not so much! With many ESL teaching jobs in training centers, the topics may not be relevant to the students. Or, the topics may be relevant but...

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Share bikes are wheelie taking off in China

Daily life

When it comes to getting around in China, foreign English teachers have got it good. Whether you want to check out nearby provinces by bullet train, dart around the underground subway or simply travel a few blocks by bus, taxi or rideshare, transp...

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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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