Five Things to Bring to China by Dan Clarke

Reflections on China 14 November 2011 | 0 Comments

Five Things to Bring to China by Dan Clarke

Five Things to Bring to China When visiting China there are a few things you’ll need to take with you, if you want to be fully prepared. 1) Hand Sanitizer. Many washrooms in China, probably the majority, don’t have soap. And while China is improving, its not the cleanest place in the world. If you [...]

New York vs. Xi’an by Zarena

A Teachers View 14 October 2011 | 0 Comments


After spending a little over a month in Xian, I can confidently say that it has been a different experience for me. The other night I was sitting on the couch with my roommate having a conversation and thinking about this blog I am writing, I asked her to sum up her time in Xian [...]

The Half-Way Point by Laura

A Teachers View 3 October 2011 | 0 Comments


So I’ve been here almost 6 months now and even in that short time the face of Xi’an has changed quiet a bit. It changes so quickly with the constant 24/7 building and knocking down – when I arrived there was a perfectly good block of shops in the centre of the city on East [...]

The China ‘bump’ by Holly

A Teachers View 25 September 2011 | 1 Comment


When I was first asked to write 500 words about my experience in China, my first thought was that that would be both extremely easy and extremely hard to do. I could easily write more words than I did for my university thesis. That’s a lot of words (over 12,000 to be exact)! Since I [...]

Are you a native speaker?

Reflections on China 11 September 2011 | 3 Comments


My latest entry touches on a very sensitive issue which affects the lives of hundreds of job seekers in the ELT market. The dreaded advertisement – ‘Native speaker required’. I cannot tell you how many times I have received emails from teachers who are non/near-native speakers, frustrated and angry that they are not considered qualified, [...]

My story behind coming to teach English in China, by Chevon

Uncategorized 26 August 2011 | 2 Comments


I took a huge step coming to China; I have never traveled anywhere outside of South Africa – never mind alone! However I can honestly say that it was the best decision I could have made. Experiencing a culture totally different to what I am accustomed too has really opened my mind to a lot [...]

Why teach young learners?

Reflections on China 29 July 2011 | 0 Comments


I find that most of the teachers I contact consider teaching adults a first choice, then children second. I usually spend a lot of time evaluating the reasons why teachers prefer teaching adults and they fall into one of the following categories: 1. Teachers (in particular, those over 25) consider teaching children as less rewarding [...]

Hua Shan Mountain – an experience and an ordeal!

Reflections on China 20 July 2011 | 2 Comments


Although I have lived in Xi’an for several years, until recently I had not even contemplated climbing/hiking Mount Hua Shan. If you run a quick search on Google for images and a Wiki snapshot, you will quickly realise why. I heard the tales of other teachers and visitors who had braved the mountain and exclaimed [...]

The climate and seasons of Xi’an…

Reflections on China 5 July 2011 | 2 Comments


I grew up in England, on the south coast. As most people will know about England, the weather is changeable. During the Summer, we might get a couple of weeks of sun, followed by some cloudy rainy days, but on the whole, summer lasts for a couple of months, before we’re going back to winter [...]

Get an electric bike!

Reflections on China 4 July 2011 | 2 Comments

Get an electric bike!

Before coming to China I used public transport everyday. Going into London, or travelling down to the south coast was easy. Jump on a train, bus or taxi and away you go. It was an effortless process, and despite the moans and groans about the British public transport system, I think on the whole, it’s [...]