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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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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

How is winter in Shanghai?

Started by Stacy Alcineus. Last reply by Stacy Alcineus Nov 1. 2 Replies

Hello to all! I am scheduled to arrive in January 2015 and would like to know how should I pack? I am from sunny South Florida, where we only have one season all year long; summer. (lol) I have never…Continue

Cost of Living

Started by Elizabeth C. Jenkins. Last reply by Moses Ehud Rodin Oct 30. 5 Replies

So I have been doing a lot of research and need to make sure I am budgeting enough money for my personal bills back home.  Can anyone who is already living abroad break it down for me?  How much…Continue

Bringing water filters from home?

Started by Abby Oliveira. Last reply by Nicole Chia Oct 28. 9 Replies

I have read that a lot of the bottled water in China is counterfeit and is often just tap water sold in bottles which are also made of dangerous materials.  What is the best way to ensure that the…Continue

Bringing items from Japan?

Started by Stephen Walker Rosebaugh-Nordan. Last reply by Samuel Filip Aug 8. 1 Reply

Hey all.This might seem like an odd question, but I have friends in Japan and study Japanese regularly.  While in China, I wanted to keep up my studies, even though I also want to learn Mandarin, but…Continue

Tags: Customs, Japanese

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 Katherine Osborn on August 24, 2014 at 4:50am
The Houston office hasn't taken mailed in Visa applications for some time. You can have a friend bring it in or there are companies who will do it for you. It depends on how willing you are to pay money to put your passport in a strangers hands though. That being said, my father has done it with no known issues. Just start googling something like 'visa application delivery to Chinese consulate in Chicago' and do some research. Personally, I'm still wary of that process, but it is up to you of course.
Comment by Lauren on August 24, 2014 at 4:16am
What sort of agency?
Comment by Lauren on August 24, 2014 at 4:16am
Effective January 1, 2014, the Visa Office will no-longer accept
mailed Authentication documents. Applicant must submit in person, or
entrust a friend or agency to submit
Comment by Lauren on August 24, 2014 at 3:54am
Need someone's help.. I have been communicating with the Consulate in Chicago.. In their email it says you cannot mail in the application and documents.. I thought there was a way? Any help?
Comment by Allison Sproul on August 22, 2014 at 6:50pm
Hi Lauren, I recommend emailing a picture of the work permit to Cat because we don't see the documents from the headquarter office. If she sees a picture of your permit, she can tell you specifically which number it is.
Comment by Alan Vaughters on August 22, 2014 at 7:17am

Our permits might be different since they are issued at the local level

Comment by Lauren on August 22, 2014 at 7:05am

Hmmm.. Not seeing the license. I have four pieces of paper and don't see that. 

Comment by Sydney Butler on August 22, 2014 at 6:18am

It's at the bottom on the Chinese language side of the Alien Employment license. The number should be behind, "沪外许2014-".

Comment by Lauren on August 22, 2014 at 2:07am

I am not sure where the Alien Employment License Number is on the papers. My recruiter said the serial number... IS that the number in red?

Comment by JessicaTBetz on August 8, 2014 at 10:37am
Please remove me from this group. Thank you.

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