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…

Things you should do before leaving China

You’ve made the decision; you have had your time in China, but all good things must come to an end. You may think leaving China is easy as just packing up your things in one night, hopping on a plane and never looking back…while it can be, it may cause some problems for you down…

Zhongshan City – My Experience Living in a Prefecture-Level City

There are few things in life that are both as exciting and terrifying as moving to another country. Not only are you moving to a new place, but you are also opening yourself up to a culture that you are not familiar with. One of the things that makes the biggest difference during this transition process…

Filler Activities For The ESL Classroom

You are ready to dismiss your students from class, but have a few minutes left. What can you do?! Try these activity fillers with your class! Twenty Questions Do you remember car trips as a child playing twenty questions in the back seat? You think of a person or object, and your siblings have twenty…

10 Great Resources for the ESL Teacher

Are you a busy teacher looking for a quick lesson plan to put together? Are you a new teacher looking for first semester materials? Perhaps you are a seasoned teacher looking for new inspiration. I’ll show you ten powerful online ESL resources that’ll help you shake up your teaching and get your students psyched to…

5 TPR Activities to Liven Up Your Class

The main assumption for learning a second language is that it can be acquired effectively through the same way as we learned out first language. Through natural processes as we were raised. So, TPR tries to mimic these processes by requiring students to respond to commands, which in turn require physical movements. To no surprise,…

10 Approaches to Positive Reinforcement in the Classroom

It’s Friday afternoon and the weekend is coming, but you’re overcome with feelings of dread. You can hear your nightmare class going nuts as make your way down the hallway. With no tests, no homework, and no grades, it can be a difficult task to encourage your students to behave and participate. On top of…

Bringing Your Pet to China Step-by-Step

Can I bring my pet to China? The short answer is YES.  HOWEVER, it is not as easy as just showing up in China with your pet.  To help our incoming teachers get started, we have broken this process down into several easy to follow steps for readers to follow if bringing their pets to China….