China

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 Read more…

By Becky, ago
China

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 Read more…

By Becky, ago
China

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 Read more…

By Becky, ago
China

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 Read more…

By Becky, ago
China

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 Read more…

By Becky, ago
China

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 Read more…

By Becky, ago