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Tagged With: Teaching English

Tutoring Kids in China

I’ve always taught college kids because I don’t like to teach basics. You need to understand English fluently for me to want to teach you which pretty much rules out any child. Until Lion. My friend moved away from Xiamen about a year ago and asked me if I wanted to teach a kid. “He’s … Continue reading »

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Being the Token English Speaker

“Becky, I think I made a friend mad,” a student wrote to me out of the blue. “What happened?” I asked. “I asked one of the foreign teachers for some help looking over my resume and he refused and was angry,” she said. “What did he say?” I asked feeling a little annoyed. Students are … Continue reading »

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Teaching English in China–Final Exams!

Three years ago I came up with a great idea for the final exam in Speaking class: each student has to teach 20 minutes of class. I did it once, three years ago, and haven’t had the opportunity to do it again…until this semester. With thirty students in a class this takes at least 5 … Continue reading »

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Happy Easter from China

Happy Easter from my little bunnies to you.

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My Chinese Students Draw Themselves

Like most things in China, getting your schedule and class list is a last minute thing. Despite it being prepared months ago, I didn’t get my schedule until three days before class started. And I only got it that early because I bugged as many people as I could. (If I didn’t bother anyone with … Continue reading »

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How to (Successfully) Find a School to Teach in China—and Announcing my Next Destination!

I have the signed contract and visa paperwork in hand so I think it is only fitting to finally announce where I’m going next year. (I wanted to wait till it was legal before I jinxed anything.) Next September I’ll be teaching in the beautiful seaside city of….Xiamen. I know, I know! If your my … Continue reading »

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The Class that Took a Lifetime to Prepare (Literally)

Sorry, I’ll admit this is a long post about my favorite students and class that maybe no one will find interesting except for a few foreign teachers who have done something similar. I know it’s going to be a bit boring for my readers at large, but hey, it’s my blog and I like it. … Continue reading »

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The First LGBT PSA Made for China

So there is a new PSA making its rounds around chinese social media these days. It’s a PSA supporting the LGBT community and it’s well done. (Youtube video. If you in China, check out the youku version.) I’m really glad this is getting more talked about. Just like in the west, the attitude towards gays … Continue reading »

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Classroom Confessions

There’s a foreign teacher who used to work here that had a bunny. He moved to another city in China, and try as he might, he found no viable way to bring the bunny with him. He really loved the bunny but aside from spending hundreds of dollars renting a car and driver, he couldn’t … Continue reading »

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The Teacher Becomes the Student

This semester I’ve taught English speaking to every single sophomore class. I’ve never taught an entire grade the same subject at the same time before and I kinda like it. Usually each class hangs out mostly with themselves, as they live together, have class together and pretty much do everything together. Most students tend not … Continue reading »

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