Teaching English in China


Teaching English in China

Group for current or former English teachers.

Location: China
Members: 14
Latest Activity: Nov 10, 2015

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I used to teach in Harbin 。。。很冷了。

Started by jono1001. Last reply by Jin Aug 17, 2013. 4 Replies

I used to teach in Harbin 。。。很冷了。I learned almost no Chinese....quite ashamed of this fact...anyway I…Continue

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Comment by Brandon on March 24, 2011 at 7:33am
New members introduce yourself here to get started.
Comment by Jay on May 1, 2011 at 7:05am

Taught in Xinyang, Henan for 2 years. I enjoyed the experience.


Comment by Carey Giudici on July 15, 2012 at 10:11pm

Hi, have only been in China (Wuxi) for a couple of months but have already started tapping into my experience teaching in Japan and several US cities. My specialties are American accent training, and interviewing as a way to become a better conversationalist and bon vivant. Also teach my own techniques to get good at writing. Look forward to participating in the group.

Comment by Kevin Lewis on July 24, 2012 at 3:09pm

I taught 4 years in Xian, 2 years in Dalian, 3 years in Shanghai- then I got moved into a desk job managering English programs around China- and now they kicked my out of my desk job and gave me my own school and office! Talk about hard luck! :P

Comment by Kevin Lewis on July 24, 2012 at 3:10pm

pity during all my time teaching never learnt how to spell-sigh! Obviously why I got a desk job! Keep me and my spelling away from the students!

Comment by Ruaridh Maxwell/麥儒叡 on August 13, 2012 at 7:04am

Sadly, I only had a job as a teaching assistant for 1 year in Hong Kong...hardly real teaching or the real China.  Still, I'm currently doing a TEFL course and will hopefully get back into teaching soon.

Comment by jono1001 on August 13, 2012 at 7:42am

Ruaridh Maxwell/麦儒锐 

Well that counts in my books. Interesting that you don't consider Hong Kong real China.  For me it is as real as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and Harbin.  Each and everyone of those places in has a unique atmosphere, history and people.

As for being a teaching assistant I would also consider that real teaching.  Did you join the NET program of Hong Kong?  


BTW where and how are you doing your TEFL? I have one of those from Trinity College London  . Taught ESL for nearly 10 years all over the world...

Cheers jono

Comment by Ruaridh Maxwell/麥儒叡 on August 13, 2012 at 4:07pm


I was with a gap year programme run by the SKH (their version of the Anglican church) in Hong Kong.  For visa purposes, my official title was "Trainee Native English-speaking Teaching Assistant".

As for my TEFL, I'm doing the 140-hour online course through TEFL Scotland.

And as for me not considering Hong Kong not a part of the "real China", I feel from my personal experience that there is something of a distinct cultural divide between Hong Kong and the Mainland, mostly due to their colonial history.  There's also access to sites like google, facebook, and youtube, which are blocked on the mainland, so you feel much less isolated when staying there.

Comment by Kevin Lewis on August 17, 2012 at 11:31am

Teaching is fun, I indeed enjoyed it but those days for now seem to be over and I'm stuck behind a desk- still helping to organise others to teach is also good! Never really visited HK so I couldn't say how much like "real" China it is....but if you are going to say HK isn't real China you may want to say Shanghai isn't either- its certainly different from many other places around here...but as Jono mentioned all parts of China have their own feel and character.


Comment by Natalie Francis on November 26, 2013 at 11:40pm

Hi! I am currently teaching in China, in Wuhan. I am finding it a lot of fun!


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