Having worked at Chinese universities for two years, we found that we weren’t always teaching TEFL English classes (speaking, listening, reading and writing) but were also asked to teach subjects we never dreamed we’d be teaching, including: English Literature, American Literature, Poetry Appreciation, Critical Thinking, American History and Greek-Roman Mythology (oh yes). Unfortunately, whilst there … More Teaching content classes (non-speaking) at a Chinese University
Hello *waves*. I currently live and work as a teacher in Chongqing. On a recent bus ride from work, I mused on my feelings about my travels to and from work, compared to how I felt in the UK. When I think of my journey to work in the UK, the commute forms in my mind … More My commute from work – Chongqing
Living in China can be a stressful experience. Responding to the demands of a foreign language, different ways of behaving, food, sights and sounds, making new friends and homesickness are all difficult. However one stress that can worsen, and even overshadow, all these others is the stresses of teaching. If you are going abroad to … More Teaching in China – watch out!
Whilst we have lived in China for well over a year now, I wouldn’t exactly call us connoisseurs. However, we have found our favourite apps and websites which make living in this other-worldly country slightly easier, and we thought we would share them with those of you looking to travel to or live in the Middle … More The best apps and websites for living in China
Last year we came to China with a programme that bent the rules and which got you to break the law by not providing the correct visa. It was also run by a professional idiot. It did have one big advantage – it, at first, only brought you out for one semester, and let … More Second Year
It seems to often to be the downfall of new visitors to China: broken expectations. Everyone who gets on the misery of the flight must have some clear hopes. Maybe you’ll get to spend more time on your writing, you’ll make some cool new friends, you’ll just be a more grown up guy. Maybe a … More Protect your hopes!
This time last year, I was frantically searching the internet for any advice on packing to teach in China, to no avail. Every blog post and YouTube video I could find was about South Korea, South Korea, South Korea. With the hindsight we now have, here is my guide to packing for China. For a … More Packing to live and teach in China