TEFL Schools and Reviews

Our comprehensive database of TEFL schools and reviews provides first hand insight to the lives of teachers in China complete with reviews and comments from people who have worked there in the past. Inspired in response to the frightening number of fake reviews of Chinese schools posted online. Our reviews are aimed at providing detailed, quality reviews from real teachers with ample facts, evidence and pictures. Aimed at giving people a look into the school before they choose to teach there! This page provides a short list of the most recently posted school reviews.

If you are looking for a school in particular then you can search for it using the search icon on the right hand side of the site. Many schools have multiple branches in different Chinese cities so it may help to read a range of reviews on your potential employer to get a complete feel for what they offer.

Oli at First Leap English in Beijing

My life in Beijing at First Leap English

My name is Oli Barton and I’ve been teaching English in China for one and a half years. I work for First Leap and I’m based in Beijing. School: First Leap has many centers spread all over Beijing, (and the whole of China too). The facilities at each center are very good. The classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards and air conditioning, the offices have computers for teachers and lots of resources to help you prepare for classes and make them as effective as possible, even with Nintendo Wiis for Virtual PE lessons. The centers are kept very clean as…

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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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TEFL Teacher Richard McDonald with his class and T.A at First Leap English

My Experience Teaching English at First Leap in Beijing

Hi I’m Richard. I am a graduate from the UK and I moved to Beijing to teach English at First Leap English. Here is a review of my experiences. School Where was your school? I am employed by First Leap, a company which has schools/centres right across Beijing and many cities in China. I am situated in Haidian district in the North West region of Beijing at one of the company’s largest centres. What were the working hours like? When I was doing full-time teaching my work hours were as follows: Wednesday-Friday 14:30-20:30, Saturday-Sunday 09:00-19:00, Monday and Tuesday off. I…

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Yangzhou city pic jiangsu province

My experience teaching English at First Leap Yangzhou, Jiangsu province

School Location First Leap Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province Working Hours 36 (21 hours are on Saturday and Sunday, longest and busiest days) Commute For the first year contract my apartment was a 5-minute walk away from the mall that I work in, now that I am into my second year I got to shop around for a more luxurious apartment which is about 10-15 minutes away by E bike. Tell us about your City in China My city is called Yangzhou, and is a 3rd tier city which means that in China terms it is small, even though it has a…

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My Experience in Beijing. First Leap English

Last year I set out to move and work abroad in China which was simultaneously the most rewarding and challenging experience of my life. My school centre was a branch of First Leap English, a Franchise school with numerous branches around China. My school branch was based in the bustling capital city of Beijing. My teaching hours were: Wednesday to Friday 2:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-7pm.  My commute to work always ranged from 30-60 minutes. I was really lucky to be placed at one of the largest centres in Beijing. I got to teach stage 1’s…

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My time at Aston English (Jining branch)

Aston English is a very long established English training centre for TEFL teachers that I had found through the well received and popular Noon Elite Recruitment agency. The branch I was at was in the northern Shandong province where there was a city called Jining. In terms of the location I couldn’t have been in a more comfortable place to assimilate, as this medium sized not to well known city is viewed by fellow foreigners to be extra friendly. Long time foreigners have also been to many other places around China but have always been drawn back to this city…

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