What Is Inclusion?

wHAt is inClusIoN? Although there are a plethora of teaching styles, finding a teaching style that compliments the teacher is as equally worth noting. I am a firm believer that teaching is a “gift.” As such, it is how the gift is wrapped and presented that determines how the gift will be received. Personally, I…

Finding Inspiration for ESL Games

I am a firm believer that the amount of effort you put into teaching directly corresponds to how much your students will get out of your class, and how much you will enjoy your job.  For that reason, I put a lot of work into preparing my lessons. It is my hope that, at the…

10 Steps to Giving a Great ESL Lesson to Young Learners

Since I’ve started observing Kindergarten teachers I have noticed patterns in the advice that I am giving. Therefore, I’m sure that other Kindergarten or early Primary teachers may also benefit. This structure does not have to be specific to Kindergarten, as it can be adapted for early primary school. It can also be shortened to…

ESL Teaching Burnout and How to Avoid It

Your first year or so as a TEFL teacher can be a very up and down experience. There can be a steep learning curve at the beginning, followed by a nice comfort zone, followed by (for some), a bit of burnout. Let’s explain what burnout is first; then talk about ways to avoid it. What…

Four Realizations of Expat Dating

Well here it goes, I decided that I wanted to try and write something, even though the last paper I wrote was probably three years ago for college. Funny how life changes from staying up all night to finish a paper that you hate, to voluntary writing a piece just because you want to. Life…

7 Best Things About Working at a Language Center

If you are considering to come teach in China, you may have stumbled across schools called “Language Centers” or “Training Centers.” These schools are established to provide additional education to students outside of their regular school hours. Many of these schools have their own curriculum, their approach to education and preferred teaching methods. What I…

What’s so great about teaching kindergarten?

Kindergarteners are eager to please and easy to make happy It has been my experience that students between the ages of three and six are really eager to please their teachers. This is especially true if they feel like their teacher knows how to motivate their students and engage with them in the lesson. Young…

10 things to do before coming to China

To help prepare you during your last few weeks before coming to China, we’ve created a general, short to-do list in case you missed anything! #1 Plan finances Relocating across the world will come with some expenses. In this article, we help break it down for you.  #2 Visa and copy documents As obvious as…

Planning Finances: Your First Month in China

Making the choice to pack up your life and move to China to teach English is without a doubt exciting, but before you get on that plane to start your new adventure, the most important aspect to consider is your finances. That being said, the best way to think about the costs you’ll encounter is…

Planning Finances: Before Coming to China

Making the choice to pack up your life and move to China to teach English is without a doubt exciting, but before you get on that plane to start your new adventure, the most important aspect to consider is your finances. That being said, the best way to think about the costs you’ll encounter is…