In this section, you’ll find a whole bunch of quality and informative articles to read about Teaching in China and also articles about life and getting by in China.

All of the articles were either written by our experienced team here at RAY English or by guest writers who have lived and taught in China or still continue to do so. If you are interested in joining our team of contributors, then you can send a message here.

Please select Teaching in China below for articles about being a teacher and picking up new ideas or select Living in China for general articles about life and getting by in China. There is a search bar in each so you can find teaching articles and China articles relevant to you.


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Believe it or not, I started teaching very young. I must have been about five when I turned my room into a classroom and started teaching other kids. Whenever grown-ups told me I would be a teacher some day, my answer was always 'never'. Serves me right, right?   I…
     by Peter Whitfield    Starting out for the very first time as a TEFL teacher can be very daunting indeed. Not only signing up to do a TEFL course, and all the difficulty involved in the coursework and teaching on the TEFL course, but the uncertainty of finding…
  If you talk to most ESL students, they will tell you that speaking is the area they feel they need improvement in. If you search the internet for ESL conversation starters, you will receive hundreds of links with ideas for conversation topics. Some examples are: What was your best…
  The four o'clock bell rings and the stampede begins. A nine-year-old's backpack narrowly misses demolishing the carefully constructed tower of course books in my arms. The TEFL industry has become so competitive that many language schools are now bringing the classroom to the client. A lot of teaching jobs…
An Older Teacher's Experience of Coming to Teach English in China Here we were in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand; the land of the free, a beautiful land, the land of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Both daughters, all grown up and independent, had flown the…
Common Problems at English Language Schools in China Many English training schools in China are absolutely great to work for. However, there are many English schools in China which should be avoided. Your experience of living and working in China will vary greatly on the choices you make and who…
Unusual Days Off in China I have been teaching since 2004 as an EFL teacher in the UK and in Italy for a couple of years, and I moved to China in October 2012. At first I was in Guangxi for a month, but since then I have been living…
Giving English Names to Your Students I have settled into my routine at the kindergarten and the training centre, I’m learning many things about very young learners and young learners; their attention span is very short, they love repetition, they have an extremely high tolerance for it, but they often…
My Experience at a Private Language School in China One of the biggest fears I had when moving to China was finding a job.  For every enquiry that was made we researched the company, the location, online forums and read every bit of feedback that could be found in an…
Home Comforts in China! I write this post having been in Nanjing now for nearly four months. With the insight of hindsight it is good for a moment to reflect back on our initial expectations, our highs and our lows and reality. To everyone planning to relocate to a foreign…

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