Christmas was banned! Cancelled! Forbidden! Basically the Chinese government has told schools that they must focus on Chinese culture and as a result our school decided that there would be no celebrating Christmas of any kind, including the foreign teacher giving a lesson on the subject.
China Diaries: I’m Sorry, but Where Did This Year Go?
I can’t quite believe that December has come around so quickly, I feel like it was only last week I was on my way up to Harbin to celebrate New Year and see the famous Ice Festival but nope, it was a whole year ago!
China Diaries: “Where is my Chinese teacher?!”
1st of December - 7th December Posting this a day late from my phone as my VPN refuses to work on my computer! In China, more often than not, events that must take weeks of organising are something that foreign teachers find out about as they are happening. This means that it is very likely …
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China Diaries: This Was Almost a Disaster
Sunday night saw me locked out of my apartment after realising my key was not in my bag when I returned from the supermarket. The night before my first week back teaching in China!! This was almost a disaster...
China Diaries: Attack of the Giant Wasps
11th November - 16th November 2019 Monday marked a special holiday in China… Singles Day! This is a day where single people celebrate the fact they are single by buying themselves gifts in the many online sales that are put on for the holiday. It is similar to Black Friday in America except you are …
China Diaries: I’m Cursed!
I've never really been a superstitious person but this week might have changed my mind!
Myanmar to China: You Will Not Believe the Week I’ve Had!
It's been an eventful week travelling from Myanmar to China with a quick stop in Bangkok for my friend's birthday!!
TEFL Tip Tuesday: Why Your First Day of Teaching Will Probably be a Disaster and Why That’s Ok!
It's been a while but I'm back with another TEFL Tip Tuesday. This post was inspired by a recent Q&A we held at the language centre I work in. It was for new teachers arriving in Myanmar and teaching English for the first time, we were asked to give them one piece of advice about the job and well without even hesitating I said "Your first day will most likely be a complete disaster, but that's half the fun!" and speaking from personal experience it's the most honest advice I could give!
TEFL Tip Tuesday: Cultural Differences and How to Handle Them
If you are a TEFL teacher then you are probably about to move to a completely new country with completely new and sometimes confusing cultural differences. The first thing I want to say is; don’t see this a bad thing. It can be and is a wonderful learning experience and a way to open your …
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TEFL Tip Tuesday: Back it Up!
Computers are unreliable. Computers in Chinese schools are extra unreliable! There will be times when you arrive in class only to be told by a student that the computer is not working today. What are you going to do?! You spent a whole hour on your lesson plan, you have funny videos to show them …