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Congratulations on being accepted for a position to teach in China. This group has been set up for you to be able to prepare for your up-coming adventure.

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Latest Activity: Jun 11

Welcome to EF

We all know what it is like to be new and we hope that by participating in activities and discussions in this group that you will be better prepared.

As a member of the group you will receive a newsletter touching on topics to do with EF, China and teaching. Remember that the point is for you to enjoy your preparation and be pointed to material and content that is relevant to you at this time. There is the saying that the more you put in the more you will get out of it and we believe just that!

We also suggest that you join two other groups to start your networking opportunities. There is a group for you arrival month. This is a space for you to be able to help and be helped by people arriving at the same time as you. There is also a group for each city and by joining you will be able to start networking with current teachers, see what's happening and get a feel for your new home away from home.

So check for your newsletter each week and jump into the discussions below and in various blogs on the site.

Discussion Forum

Anyone going to Kunshan?

Started by Charlie Spietz. Last reply by Charlie Spietz Apr 8. 2 Replies

I am leaving for Kunshan (very close to Shanghai) at the end of August. It's going to be a big change for me because I am just finishing up spending half a year in Costa Rica and learning Spanish. I…Continue

Kunshan, May 2019

Started by Rebecca Lynch Apr 7. 0 Replies

Hi Everyone! Very excited to be starting a new adventure with EF in Kunshan! I will be arriving in Shanghai May 22nd, anyone else arriving in China then?Continue

Tags: May, Shanghai, Kunshan

Guangzhou November 2018

Started by Noelle Doyle. Last reply by Dalton Montoya Oct 15, 2018. 1 Reply

Hello soon to be co-teachers!I will be joining the Guangzhou crew November 6th, 2018. Anyone else joining then?Would be great to connect!Continue

Beijing, October 10th

Started by Alex Cotter Sep 29, 2018. 0 Replies

Hi! I'll be heading to Beijing on October 10th to teach Kids and Teens.  Is anyone else heading out there around the same time? Continue

EF China Teachers Blog

Don’t tell your friends about your indigestion!

By Jason Blundell and Stephen Farley Language functions American poet Arthur Guirterman demonstrates the paradox of language often misunderstood by language learners; what is said versus what is meant. He says, “Don’t tell your friends about your indigestion. How are you is a greeting, not a question.” One of the more difficult problems translators face […]

Striving for balance

By Jason Blundell and Stephen Farley “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”Albert Einstein Everyone makes mistakes.  This simple sentence is the birthplace of understanding when it comes to correcting students in the ESL classroom.  In this article we will explore the idea of mistakes and errors and look at […]

What is more important than curriculum?

by Jason Blundell Basic classroom techniques Given a textbook and little else, a native English speaker could wend their way through a class with a bunch of non-native speakers. However, British logician and philosopher Bertrand Russell tells us that, “More important than the curriculum is the question of the methods of teaching and the spirit […]

How can I practice speaking in an EFL classroom?

By Stephen Farley and Jason Blundell Anyone who is mildly bilingual has probably had someone say something like, “Say something in <input L2>!”  This familiar situation often results in the same answer and quizzical look, “What do you want me to say?” Speaking is one of the skills required to become competent in a language […]

The bread and butter of every English teacher

by Stephen Farley and Jason Blundell Teaching Vocabulary Sometimes you’ll love it, other times you’ll hate it, but either way, it is the bread and butter of every English teacher and the basis of language.  Of course I’m talking about vocabulary, lexis, lexical unit, utterance or chunk.  While the linguists can argue about the semantics, in […]

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Comment by Joanna Miller on July 26, 2018 at 5:37pm

Hello everyone! So excited to be apart of the community and move abroad for the first time! Scheduled to arrive in early October in Shanghai and would love to get in contact with people from Shanghai or heading there to shares experiences of arrival and living out there.  Can't wait !


Comment by Mariah Seale on June 1, 2018 at 7:26am

Hi! I'm excited to be connected to a site where I can meet others like myself moving to Shanghai to teach.   I'm scheduled to arrive June 20th from Florida.  So excited for this new adventure!  

Comment by Kim Doan on May 29, 2018 at 10:28am


I am scheduled to arrive in Xian in July. Please message me here and let me know what your experience is like. Also, I'd like to find roommates for an apartment.


Kim Doan

Comment by Emily Moore on May 27, 2018 at 3:38pm

Hi everyone! I am SO excited about moving to Shanghai June 20th. I cannot wait to meet everyone. I will be looking for another teacher(s) to be roommates with as well as site see and travel.

Comment by Elizabeth Anne Engram on May 9, 2018 at 5:51am

Hello everyone! My name is Elizabeth. I am scheduled to arrive in Chongqing on August 8th. I will be working with Kids & Teens. I am so excited! Is there anyone else here that will be arriving in August or in that time frame?  I am looking forward to meeting new people. Any suggestions are welcome.


Comment by Tam on April 4, 2018 at 8:48pm

Ni hao wo men de pengyou.

Comment by Tam on April 4, 2018 at 8:48pm

I can not wait to start in Shanghai this summer teaching Kids and teens!!! I am super excited to travel, immerse myself in culture and learn the language. I will be looking for another teacher(s) to be roommates with as well as site see with.

Comment by Monique Vann on January 21, 2018 at 4:01am

Hello this will be my first time teaching in China and I am so excited.

Comment by Sierra on September 1, 2017 at 2:59am
Can anyone tell me some supplies to bring with me to decorate my classroom with.
Comment by Andy Bateman on August 22, 2017 at 1:43am

Memrise Mandarin Chinese group.
As I couldn't search for a friend who is also using Memrise to help learn Mandarin, I've just created a group there instead. All welcome! Follow this link to join the 'China teachers' group and make your Memrise Mandarin even more marvellous:   https://www.memrise.com/group/183950/


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