Category: Life

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Things I learned after meeting our global president.

All the schools were in action this past week preparing for a very special man, Jacob Toren, our EF kids and teens global president was coming to visit. He was visiting our schools in Chengdu and all the higher ups were on edge and dashing around all the centres making sure everything was above par.…
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Tips to help you keep calm in the class room.

If you teach small stars or high flyers sometimes the kids can be loud or hyper. It can be like this at the start of the class or after a game you played. It can be one kid or the whole class. Sometimes you want to shout at them but you know you can’t. You…
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Living miles away from everything you know!

So you’ve moved to Chengdu, you’ve started a new job, you’ve met great people and you’re having a ball. But all of a sudden things aren’t as rosy as they once were. You realise that you’re thousands of miles away from everything and everyone you know and love. How do you cope? You might be…
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Experience of a not so experienced teacher…

As a teacher you are also forever a learner. A small bit of what I have learned thus far.

The journey has begun…

My personal expereince of moving to China, becoming a teacher at EF and adjusting to the culture.

My First Demo

So your DOS tells you that you’re ready to start doing small star demos, brilliant! So excited! You observe a lot of your colleagues doing demos on a daily basis so why not you? You watch a few and write up a lesson plan, you sit down with your DOS to explain what you’re going…
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Being a couple at EF

Are you a couple who are thinking about coming over to China? Do you want to know how will be for the both of you working in an ESL organisation? In this podcast we invite Grace, Daniel, Bryce and Megan on to talk about life in China as couples.

Learning Mandarin

You’re moving to China? Fantastic! Now get those language books out! Learning any type of anything new is tricky. At any age. Do you remember that first piano lesson or the first time you were told the rules to football (soccer) or 21’s (pontoon/ blackjack)? Remember that feeling that you weren’t getting anywhere, all you…
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Summer is coming…

Forget that Game of Thrones is going to experience the worst winter in the characters memory, here in Chengdu we are in summer. And it’s hella’ hot! Now if you’re from the north of Scotland like me you might not be equipped for the heat. Considering we reach the glorious temperatures of 20 degrees and…
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The Help of Technology

Want to find an easy way to adapt to China? Have a look at some of these app to make y]our transition easier.