Tag Archives: Teach English in China

My life teaching at Giraffe English in Nanjing

Martin moved to Nanjing to work as a TEFL teacher in the old Chinese capital. This is his experience. Where was the school? I worked with Giraffe English in Nanjing. When I arrived the company was just opening its fourth teaching centre in the Jiangning district of the city which was my assigned branch. Travelling from the city centre it would take forty minutes on the metro to reach the branch which was in a building overlooking the Baijiahu lake. What were the working hours like? I had a total of 36 working hours a week. Primarily evenings during the…

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My China Experience in Hangzhou, Haida review.

Hey Everyone, I’m writing this for my girlfriend and I who spent a year in Hangzhou working for Greentown Yuhua School via the Haida agency. I’ve put it into sections which I hope is helpful. Hangzhou specifically, China generally: Great (frequently weird, in a good way) Greentown Yuhua School: The middle school was great, the kindergarten not so much (more detail below). I gave Ben’s email to the school’s foreign teacher recruiter – hopefully going directly through the school will eliminate the issues we had with the agency. Haida Agency: Fairly bad Longer review: General stuff: Our flat was lovely,…

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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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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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