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Congratulations on being accepted for a position to teach in China. This group has been set up for you to be able to prepare for your up-coming adventure.

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We all know what it is like to be new and we hope that by participating in activities and discussions in this group that you will be better prepared.

As a member of the group you will receive a newsletter touching on topics to do with EF, China and teaching. Remember that the point is for you to enjoy your preparation and be pointed to material and content that is relevant to you at this time. There is the saying that the more you put in the more you will get out of it and we believe just that!

We also suggest that you join two other groups to start your networking opportunities. There is a group for you arrival month. This is a space for you to be able to help and be helped by people arriving at the same time as you. There is also a group for each city and by joining you will be able to start networking with current teachers, see what's happening and get a feel for your new home away from home.

So check for your newsletter each week and jump into the discussions below and in various blogs on the site.

Discussion Forum

How to get prescriptions while in China

Started by Karee Magee. Last reply by Angela Gardner Feb 12. 2 Replies

Hi everyone! I'm going to be arriving in China in September or October. It hasn't been set in stone yet when I'll arrive, but I wanted to get some info and advice from current teachers about how to…Continue


Started by Christin Booker Feb 9. 0 Replies

So does everyone have roommates? Is there anybody who stays online? What's better?Continue


Started by Emma Gill. Last reply by Mark Sleszynski Oct 18, 2016. 13 Replies

Hey, I will be going to Beijing OCT 19th to teach kids and teens. Will anyone else be arriving in Beijing on/around this date?Anyone from LONDON, in particular? or anywhere for that matter....Would…Continue

Tags: london, 2016, october, beijing

Beijing Nov 2016

Started by Naaman Kisby Sep 12, 2016. 0 Replies

Hi peepz, anyone else starting Beijing Nov 18th in centre for adults? Nervous but excited!Continue

EF China Teachers Blog

Don’t tell your friends about your indigestion!

By Jason Blundell and Stephen Farley Language functions American poet Arthur Guirterman demonstrates the paradox of language often misunderstood by language learners; what is said versus what is meant. He says, “Don’t tell your friends about your indigestion. How are you is a greeting, not a question.” One of the more difficult problems translators face […]

Striving for balance

By Jason Blundell and Stephen Farley “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”Albert Einstein Everyone makes mistakes.  This simple sentence is the birthplace of understanding when it comes to correcting students in the ESL classroom.  In this article we will explore the idea of mistakes and errors and look at […]

What is more important than curriculum?

by Jason Blundell Basic classroom techniques Given a textbook and little else, a native English speaker could wend their way through a class with a bunch of non-native speakers. However, British logician and philosopher Bertrand Russell tells us that, “More important than the curriculum is the question of the methods of teaching and the spirit […]

How can I practice speaking in an EFL classroom?

By Stephen Farley and Jason Blundell Anyone who is mildly bilingual has probably had someone say something like, “Say something in <input L2>!”  This familiar situation often results in the same answer and quizzical look, “What do you want me to say?” Speaking is one of the skills required to become competent in a language […]

The bread and butter of every English teacher

by Stephen Farley and Jason Blundell Teaching Vocabulary Sometimes you’ll love it, other times you’ll hate it, but either way, it is the bread and butter of every English teacher and the basis of language.  Of course I’m talking about vocabulary, lexis, lexical unit, utterance or chunk.  While the linguists can argue about the semantics, in […]

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Comment by Ariel Nguyen on July 16, 2016 at 10:14am


I have to go home in July 28th 2016 and need a replacement for my room as I am leaving before my year contract. If anyone needs a room, located close to People Square - Shanghai, please add me on


The room is literally 1 minute walk from Xinzha Road station, line 1, very convenient to get to most places within the 10 - 15 minutes by the metro. It's a shared apartment with international people (not with EF) so you can mingle with different people!

Great for going out to bars late at night and the cab shouldn't cost you more than 25rmb!

PRICE: 3400 rmb + 5100 rmb for deposit! This incl wifi and aiyi (cleaner every Thurs)

AVAILABLE: 20th July 2016

Comment by Kaz Labi on May 31, 2016 at 9:37am

I'm leaving Shanghai in June and would like to find someone to take over the rest of my lease which ends in November.
The apartment is in an old building, Chinese style, but comprises of a separate bedroom with an indoor balcony, living room, kitchen and bathroom. All rooms are quite large and suitable for one person or a couple.
The apartment is close to line 6 yunshan Rd station, around a 5 minute walk. The locals are very friendly and welcoming and happy to help where necessary.
The apartment is located 10-15 minutes walk from Jinqiao which is known for its large foreign community. You can find great healthcare services nearby, Carrefour, papa johns, dragonfly health spa, local schools, McDonald, KFC, dominos, as well as various shopping malls.

There are no agency fees for this apartment and it is a great price for a one bedroom, particularly in Shanghai.

Rent: 4000pcm
Deposit: 8000 (2 months rent)
Internet: 512 (up until Nov)
Apartment is available from the 1st July

If you're interested please contact me via email: Karen.labi@ef.com
Comment by Shanna Jasmine Hullaby on April 25, 2016 at 6:30pm


Super cozy room located next to Xujiahui subway station. The other tenants are super friendly and are very international. There are two American guys, 1 Chinese girl (which comes in very handy) and a Indonesian guy. Also, there is an Ayi that comes once a week included in the utilities bill. It's very close to bars, restaurants and really great cafes. The apartment is available immediately. Rent is 2500 + 200 for utilities (wifi, ayi, gas).

Comment by Sidra on April 23, 2016 at 5:58pm
URGENT: Cosy room for rent in a brand new apartment building directly across from the metro station; Zhongtan Road lines 3/4.

Room cost: 3300 RMB per month including Internet.

Utilities extra. Approx. 300 RMB a month.

You will be sharing with 2 friendly females, a Brit and an American, who both work in different EF Centres. Therefore we prefer females.

The apartment is situated in a very convenient area for commuting and local amenities. Our building boasts a Carrefour, KFC, Dominoes and two other cafes. A five minute walk away there is a Starbucks, hair salon, massage and nail parlour, convenience store, dry cleaners and China Unicom.

Comment by Sidra on March 15, 2016 at 12:05am
Comment by Sidra on December 24, 2015 at 8:45pm
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Hi everyone, especially those arriving in April/May 2016! I have a room becoming available in my beautiful apartment, on the 3rd of May. We are right next to Zhongtan Road Underground Station on Lines 3 & 4, you will not find an apartment any closer to a station! I'm from England, and I work in the online centre (30 minute commute on one train, including the walk) and my house mate is from America, and she works with kids and teens. We are fun-loving pair, and super easy to get along with! Our third house mate is leaving us, and we need to fill her room. The rent is 3300 a month. Please add me on we chat for more info, and pics: MissSidraUK
Comment by Daniel Burton on February 19, 2016 at 12:09pm

Hi guys,

Ill be arriving in Shanghai early-mid march and will be looking to hopefully move into a shared apartment.

If anyone knows of anything please let me know.


Comment by Stephanye on February 13, 2016 at 12:17am

Hi, I'm arriving in Shanghai next week!  Leaving US from North Carolina on Feb 15th.  Anyone out there want to connect? 

Comment by Jamar Wilson on January 20, 2016 at 11:11am

Hello everyone,  I will be coming to Shanghai in mid March for training and teaching in Chongqing.

I am looking for information to find an apartment or room to rent before I am due to arrive. Anyone who have is living or that is teaching in Chongqing please contact me.

Thanks a million. I am excited to be apart of the team.

Comment by Andre Roberts on August 31, 2015 at 9:53am
Hi everyone, for all those heading to Beijing E.F will be hosting a summer party at resort called the Happy Valley on the 8th September:)

I am organising coaches to take us there before 9AM so we can sleep / party on the way. It will be 50 kuai to go and 35 kuai for the return trip leaving the valley at 5PM . If you decide to take a return journey on the coach you will also be put on the guestlist at club HUSH for the night :). For more details please add my wechat ID liaofan89.

Comment by Jeanine Caughlin on August 30, 2015 at 11:26pm


For the ladies,two words about packing; underwear and bras. Bring at least two weeks worth. OH, one more thing, ladies, you can't get tampons in mainland China. Bear this in mind.

About paying extra for baggage, I decided to go ahead and pay for one extra bag because shipping things to China, especially from the U.S., is really, really expensive. Paying $100 extra for a suitcase full of stuff is better than paying $100 to ship a small box of stuff because you realized how much you need it after you got here. Your choice, just choose wisely.

Good luck!


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