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Shanghai teacher Conor

My experience Teaching English at a University in Shanghai

Conor McElhinney is an experienced English Language teacher and has lived and worked in Shanghai, one of the largest, most cosmopolitan cities in China and the entire world. This is his experience Teaching English at Shanghai Jianqiao University. School Where was your school? My school was located in Shanghai in the Pudong new district area, it is about 90 minutes to two hours commuting time to downtown Shanghai. The location is a little isolated however the perk is it is a lot less chaotic than most places in China What were the working hours like? My contract hours were 16…

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Photo of Emma Andrews teacher at EF Shanghai

In Pursuit of China. Teaching at EF in Shanghai.

I remember sitting on the beach during sunset in my old home in the countryside of Hawaii. I was gazing out at the horizon, pondering the vastness of the body of golden water before me, and marveling in just how little I knew of what was out there. Sometimes, in a moment of contentedness, one is overcome with a strange paradoxical desire to shed this feeling of peace and seek something beyond that horizon. This moment for me changed my life, for it was this very moment that I decided to accept my recent job offer and move to Shanghai,…

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Standing on the frozen Songhua river in Harbin

Big city, big company, big dreams. Living and working at EF Chengdu.

I found myself in a situation where a lot of people find themselves. In the early summer of 2017 and I had just graduated. I was feeling very proud of myself, let out a sigh of relief then asked myself, “So now what?”.  Whilst looking for jobs I saw a job ad for teaching English in China and I thought I’d at least apply. Within a week of applying I had completed the interview process and received my job offer from English First (EF). I was going to live in China. Prior to starting my job, I had absolutely no…

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TEFL teachers apartment at Ef school in Beijing

My experience working at an EF English school in Beijing

I’m Justina, and I’m from London. I recently took a gap year away from my journalism career to teach English to children in Beijing as well as learn Chinese myself. Working I taught English at what is referred to as a language training centre (as opposed to a public school) in central Beijing. This means that students come for classes after school or on weekends. I worked for Education First. EF, as it’s more commonly called, is one of the largest companies offering English teaching in China. My workplace was known as BJ08. It is one of the 19 centres…

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