All posts by Ben Noon

TEFL teacher and proud president of ChinaTEFLer.com.
The confucius institute at the University of Nottingham next door to our office at Noon Elite Recruitment. Many test centres are based on university campuses and they are prestigious buildings.

HSK – Everything there is to know

HSK. You hear it when looking at Chinese courses, on job adverts and see it required on University courses. But what is it and why is it worth looking into? This post is is all things HSK.  What it shows, why to take it and what it stands for? Here’s everything you need to know… What it is HSK stands for hanyu shuiping kaoshi. This literally means Chinese language water level examination. More accurately translated to Chinese language level exam, or, examination of your Chinese language level.  The examination is run and accredited by Hanban, a department ran by the…

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Japanese Shrine

Five Asian travel destinations for teachers in China

Living and working in China provides teachers with a stable base from where they can explore Asia. Not only does teaching in China pay well, flights to neighbouring countries are often highly affordable; it’s no surprise that many take time during or after their contract to see what the continent has to offer. Inspired by a past teacher, below is a list of our favourite destinations, along with some information and photographs (all taken by an ex-teacher, using his Chinatefler salary!) Japan The Land of the Rising Sun is picturesque, enchanting, and at times bizarre. Cultural oddities such as the…

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China library

The new Chinese Visa requirements of Autumn 2016 and how they affect you

Calling all teachers from any nation currently applying for their visa to Teach English in China. As of August 2016 the Chinese authorities have altered the system of the invitation letters. A crucial requirement of being successfully issued a working Chinese Z visa. If you are applying for a Chinese visa this summer you could get your application rejected and returned to you for a seemingly unknown reason due to these recent changes. This is a quick article to explain what has changed and how to handle it. The issue lies with the location of the embassy or consulate that…

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Shanghai street

Why Teaching English in China is the perfect choice after graduation

Upon graduation many of us seem so keen and eager to get out there and do something completely new and fresh from sat taking in lectures and writing dissertations. Teaching English in China is exactly that and so much more. Here’s why… Work Experience Working on the far side of the world in a new country that speaks  a different language is a challenge, those willing to rise to the challenge need ambition, character and confidence. These traits are highly desirable to prospective employers and help show that you have a good work ethic and can be relied on to…

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Hangzhou Cityscape

How money works in China

All about that dollar…. *Yuan Currency  The Chinese currency is the Ren Min Bi (lit. people’s currency).  However people also refer to the currency as the Chinese Yuan. To complicate things further, in China, you will often hear the word ‘Kuai’, meaning ‘piece’ used to refer to money. Kuai is a colloquial expression used in the same way we say ‘quid’ in the U.K or ‘bucks’ in the U.S. The note denominations are 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 & 1 RMB notes. There are also 1 RMB coins along with 5 mao and 1 mao coins. 10 mao makes 1…

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5 Mistakes You will probably make during your first day teaching in China

China is a challenge and the first time you find yourself standing at the front of a classroom filled with bright eyed Chinese students is a definite character builder. As new teachers it takes a little time and practice to refine our teaching methods and many of us will make a number of common mistakes. Here’s a look at those mistakes along with suggestions for addressing them. Speak too fast As native speakers of English if we are not used to teaching english we tend to misjudge the speed at which we are projecting our words. Even a slow speed…

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