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.

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So make yourself a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy reading. You may even decide to teach in China!


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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Why are Chinese high school students such high performers?

Students

China has once again excelled in international education rankings, with its teenagers making the world’s top 10 for maths and science. The influential Pisa rankings, run by the OECD, are based on tests taken by over half a million 15-year-ol...

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Safety precautions for newcomers in China

Advice

Shortly before I left for China to take up my first overseas teaching post, several members of my family gave me some advice on how to stay safe in China. I thought it would be a good idea to share some of this advice here for the benefit of those...

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The top 3 China-related movies of all time

Reviews

Has anyone seen the latest Matt Damon film, The Great Wall? This epic stinker features Damon’s character playing a European mercenary who teams up with the commander of the Wall, performed by China’s Jing Tian. Together they try to...

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How to get your ESL class off to a great start this semester

Classroom activities

Now that Semester 2 has started in China, ESL teachers would have been introduced to their classes, getting into the swing of teaching and trying to build connections with their students. Sometimes this can be done with a letter to the teacher, as...

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