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….

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…