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The people to teach with in China



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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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


Started by Caroline Carroll. Last reply by Christopher Policari on Tuesday. 8 Replies

Hi everyone,I'm arriving in Shenzhen in August to work with Adults. I'm wondering if there's anyone  else on here arriving in August??Continue

Arrival in August to Shanghai

Started by Nallely Castillo Apr 25. 0 Replies

Hello. I just wanted to know who will be arriving in August to Shanghai. It will be great to know a few people before I even arrive!Continue

Beijing August

Started by Adam Knight Apr 21. 0 Replies

Hi everyone, I am heading to Beijing in August -- hope to catch others with similar plans and connect ... Best wishes, Adam Continue

Alien Employment License Number for Shenzhen Branch

Started by Yvette Bezuidenhout Mar 15. 0 Replies

Hi guys, my visa appointment is tomorrow but I can't make out the Alien Employment License Number for Shenzhen on the PDF that I got sent. Does anyone know what it is? It starts with "WP1444" and…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 Rachna Soni on April 25, 2015 at 6:53pm
Hi all il Be iN shanghai next week. Anyone else starting in Shanghai in may?
Comment by David Bean on April 25, 2015 at 6:51pm

Hello everyone, My name is David. I will be teaching Kids & Teens in Foshan starting in May.

Comment by Danielle Cook on April 13, 2015 at 3:13pm

Hey everyone I'm coming to Shanghai in May, I will be teaching kids and teens. Looking to share a place, be great to make some friends! I'm from the UK but I'm currently travelling S. E. Asia coming straight from here, looking forward to meeting everyone. Feel free to drop me a line :) 

Comment by Jollica Thomas on April 6, 2015 at 5:46am

Hi everyone.

I will be arriving in Guangzhou in June. I will be teaching kids and teens. I currently live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Comment by Melissa Carter on March 20, 2015 at 11:51pm

Hi Hillary. Oh wow, you're here in Baltimore too. We should get together when you're free. When are you leaving for China?

Comment by Hillary L Oddo on March 20, 2015 at 11:36pm

Melissa, I can see your comment! I live in Baltimore too! 

Comment by Melissa Carter on March 20, 2015 at 11:32pm

Hi everyone,

I apologize If this is a repeat post, but I'm not sure if my comments have posted.

My name is Melissa Carter. I'm leaving for Foshan on April 22. I live in Baltimore Maryland; the east coast of the U.S.

Comment by Sarah Croft on March 12, 2015 at 12:41pm
Hello guys I am arriving in shanghai on April 8 for a few weeks I understand I may miss the start as part of a group ( maybe ) but hop to see you there. I'm from UK
Comment by Chris Limmer on March 12, 2015 at 8:38am

Welcome guys. I hope your all super excited. I'm arriving in April but I'll be going to Chengdu. All the way from little old New Zealand.

Comment by Luis Guerrero on March 12, 2015 at 5:23am
Hello everyone,

My name is Luis. I'll be teaching in Shanghai, beginning in May. If anyone is interested in getting a flat together, let me know :)


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