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 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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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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Becoming an expat in Fuzhou (Part 1)

Personal stories

The long wait for another vacation was never going to satisfy these itchy feet of mine that find it impossible to stay rooted to the ground. The direction I found led me to obtaining a TEFL certificate to teach overseas, and the path I followed b...

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Is Sichuan province the most beautiful place to teach English in China?

Places

My first and third years in China were spent teaching at Sichuan University of Arts & Science in Dazhou, Sichuan province, central China. Of all the places that I have taught in China, I have done the most sightseeing in Sichuan. It’s ar...

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How to use video games educationally

Teaching strategies

Yes, you read the title right. Using video games as texts is the topic of this article. I realize video games are often heralded as a distraction. The trouble is, teachers spend so much time yelling at students for playing games, they never realiz...

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Sympathy versus empathy – what’s the difference, man!?

Teaching strategies

ESL teachers are continuously multi-tasking. Whether it’s giving instructions, describing new content, or planning for an upcoming meeting, there is always something on a teacher’s mind. Because of this, ESL teachers can inadvertent...

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How teaching English in China changed my life

Personal stories

We all know that teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is the chance to get paid to work and travel. But can it be a life-changing experience too? Here are 12 ways in which teaching in China has changed my life. 1. It has saved me from...

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