Teaching in China Review

Teaching Abroad with English FirstIt’s been more than 3 years since I started teaching English overseas with EF. I wouldn’t say that my story is extraordinary by any stretch of the imagination. I am just a normal guy from the UK who chose to do something a little different with his life, and I can now say that this was the best decision I ever made. In this post, I will share with you a few insights into teaching abroad, more specifically teaching in China. You may not be ready for this big move, but when you are I would recommend following a similar path to me.

About the author: Richard Solomon is teaching English in China with English First. He is currently teaching in Hangzhou.

Why I Chose China

Originally, I came to China to teach because I wanted to build my confidence when giving presentations, as I thought this would be a big part of my life. In England, I had a few Chinese friends from Guangzhou who befriended me and let me in their circle of friends and exposed me to some of their culture. (That was the first time I had hotpot!). From then on I was curious about China and I was looking to explore more, this with my desire to improve my speaking skills was the catalyst for my teaching abroad experience. Before long, I saw an advert online and decided to apply. The first four months were tough and I went through some difficulties, but with the support of English First I soon recovered.

-Learn more: Teaching in China with English First

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How to Avoid TEFL Internships and Cram Schools in China!

Internships in ChinaA bad teaching experience can really ruin all the beautiful things that China has to offer. There are thousands of amazing jobs that become available every month, so there aren’t any reasons to be crammed in a classroom with 50 students or to pay an organization an TEFL internship fee. You can get a great teaching job at an international or local language school. TESOL jobs at language schools pay a starting salary of 7,000 rmb per month, which is twice as much what a TEFL internship in China offers. And besides, you don’t have to pay anyone a single penny to get your teaching job!

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5 Reasons to Teach English in China with Aston English

Teach English in China with AstonThere are two types of TESOL jobs in China. You will find the poorly paid TEFL internship and the professional job with promising career prospects. It doesn’t matter if you are a new teacher, you can get an entry-level professional job in China with one of the largest language schools. These are 5 reasons to teach English in China with Aston English.

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TESOL China: Using Games with A Linguistic Purpose

TESOL China: Using games with a linguistic purposeAs a new ESL instructor in China, I quickly found that ESL games were great ice breakers. Prior to learning about the Communicative Approach, two of the games I used repeatedly in class were hangman and Pictionary. The students had a lot of fun trying to guess the letters and the drawings on the board, desperately shouting one word guesses again and again. When class energy ebbed, they rekindled enthusiasm by shifting the student’s dependence on me, the teacher, to one another in a team effort. These games did little to improve their spoken English and didn’t tie into the lesson plans.

TESOL Certification China: Accredited Online Courses

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TESOL China: How OnTESOL’s Program Began To Alter My Teaching

OnTESOL certification in China Helps ESL teachers get jobs! My first teaching job at a university in China was particularly hard as I had had no prior TESOL training. I studied ahead in the course books and researched material for months, but I still was not able to write lesson plans or develop a curriculum until I had begun to study through OnTESOL’s certification program.

By Jonathan Caulk – 100-hour TESOL Certificate

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TESOL China: My First Day on The Job

TESOL China: The First Day TeachingBy Jonathan Caulk – 100-hour TESOL certificate

When I first stepped into the classroom in China, after tripping over the metal threshold, I felt dizzy and panicky. I hadn’t taught anything to anyone in my life. The closest thing to teaching on my resume was a promotion gig which involved standing in the parking lot of an amusement park, promoting a brand of drinkable yogurt. But, here I stood behind a podium which was about a foot too short for my skinny, 191 cm frame, about to teach a class of twenty-eight Chinese college freshman! What did I do? Well, I pawed at the first page of the first lesson with my sweaty hands, and…

Which TESOL certification course is preferred in China?

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OnTESOL Review: How TEFL Certification Makes a Difference in China

OnTESOL Review Before starting the 120-hour TEFL Certificate, I taught in China for two years. I really enjoyed teaching in a Chinese university as this job made me fall in love with teaching English. Unfortunately, I was not adequately prepared to teach english in a foreign country. I knew I needed to improve myself. When I searched the internet for an online school, I found OnTESOL. I decided this school was right for me after reading many positive reviews of the courses they offered. After completing the 120-hour course with TEYL specialization, I can honestly say that I made the right decision.

-Find OnTESOL reviews on teach abroad programs and TEFL certification courses

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TESOL China – Tourist Visa vs Work Visa

TESOL China RecruitmentMany recent TESOL graduates cannot decide between using a recruiter or going to China on their own. We asked one of our graduates about his experience and he provided the following advice:

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TEFL: Adapting to Life in China

Adaptation blog- teaching English in ChinaTaking the plunge to teach English in China required an entire lifestyle and mental overhaul. Here are a few things I learned within the first months of arrival:

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TEFL China: Accommodation, Salary, Part-Time Jobs and Taxes

TEFL China accommodationI found my first job teaching English to first year students at a government-run college in the heart of the city of Guangzhou. The school was great, the salary was pretty good for the number of hours I had to teach, and they offered free accommodation! One of the reasons people choose to teach English in China is that schools provide foreign teachers with paid accommodation, but I’m going to tell you how to negotiate a higher salary and find a better place!

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