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….

Ultimate List of Apps to Download While in China

It’s difficult to know what apps will be useful for China, especially for those who haven’t been there before. For when it comes to traveling or living in China, anything to make life easier is warmly welcomed. One way of making things just that little easier is by downloading country-specific apps, and since China is…

Overcoming Your Fears with Lucas: Eating Foods You Can’t Identify

Living in China there will be things that happen which seemingly come out of nowhere, and will have the potential to ruin your day, leaving you with a bad taste in your mouth and that same question on your mind; “is living in China the right thing for me?” One seemingly normal Thursday afternoon, that…

Musings on Chinese Breakfast: Baozi Bonanza! by Ben Baldieri

Bacon and Eggs. Toast and sugary cereals with enough e-numbers in to send you to the moon. Bottomless coffee and litres of juice. All staples in the most important meal of the day. In China, the above staples are gone. Most of what’s found in their place is as different as could possibly be. Even…

First Days in China: Cogitate This by Brody Weinrich

Congratulations! You have accepted a position to be a Foreign English Teacher with SDE and bought your plane ticket to China. So exhilarating! But there’s something holding you back from feeling as excited as you know you are. Maybe it’s that you subconsciously recognize just how little you know about what your first days in…