Tinajing Cultural Center Unwind

Binhai Cultural Center

Tianjin Binhai Cultural Center Tianjin’s Economic Development Area does not disappoint when it comes to things to do and places to go. The large, modern area of the city is constantly being built on, with new attractions for locals and expats alike seeming to appear all the time. The newest, and most impressive, addition to […]

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Fresh Ideas for Your Classroom

Like me, you are likely to find yourself teaching the same lessons multiple times. For example, I currently have three SSC classes in the same unit and I have multiple HFE classes all following each other through the books. You could go crazy teaching the same lesson over and over, or you could do a […]

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How Teaching Could Change You

Change is good. If you had asked me two and a half years ago whether I would still be teaching in China, I would probably have said you’re joking. Back then, I was an artist for a video games company – it was a fun job, the people were nice and it was something I […]

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1 Week a Month – Of Tree Skirts and Turkeys

Of tree skirts and turkeys… It isn’t even Thanksgiving yet, and already the Christmas bug has taken over. Being a November baby, I focus more on my birthday and turkey, and think less about Christmas trees and Christmas albums. This month, however, I can only think of what decorations will look good in my house […]

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The Food of Tianjin BinHai

Food for the conventional pallet Some may think that because TEDA is a new area outside of the city centre, the options for traditional food must be limited and fresh ingredients would be hard to come by. This is far from the truth. The area is rich with conventional Chinese markets. High quality local produce […]

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Feeling at Home in China

10 Adjustments to feeling at home in China If you’re considering moving abroad, you probably have a lot of questions about your future home.  What are the people like? What will my apartment look like? Do people really eat THAT?  So whether you embrace change or worry about its effects, here are a few minor […]

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Learning Chinese

Beginning to learn Chinese Deciding to learn a new language feels a lot like staring at a blank paper when you know you need to write 10 pages. It can seem overwhelming and insurmountably difficult, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You may think that moving to China means that you’ll pick up […]

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Concept Mapping

As teachers, we often find that we are hard-pressed to really gauge whether or not our students truly understand what we are teaching them. Sure, we have oral and written tests and we ask students to present in front of the class, but do we check whether our students fully comprehend the ideas we are […]

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