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Foreign Teachers Guide

The Foreign Teachers Guide to Living and Working in China is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of information you will find on the Internet today written by credentialed academicians.

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Middle Kingdom Life offers a wide array of resources for prospective foreign teachers and Western expats including professional advice, reviews, classified ads, and dozens of articles on living and teaching in China.

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Q/A Forums

Professional advice when you need it from a licensed mental health professional and school headmaster.

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Expat Reviews

Learn what's hot and what's not in our expat reviews. Share your particularly good and bad experiences in China.

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Marketplace

Have something you'd like to sell? Maybe swap some books? A personal service other foreigners might need?

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Feature Articles

Dozens of feature articles that compliment the Guide's content and address issues related to living and teaching in China.

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Middle Kingdom Life comprises over 1400 pages of text organized by dozens of articles and over 74 chapters in the Foreign Teachers Guide to Living and Working in China. Every month we will use this section to highlight various articles and chapters from the Guide that we think merit extra attention.

Stephen Hoare-VanceMr. Stephen Hoare-Vance explains how teaching English in China has helped him gain confidence and find new direction in life.
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Joe SynderMr. Joe Synder, a licensed American high school social studies teacher, explains how he ended up in mainland China teaching English and why he plans to stay for a while.
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Corey IrwinIt is commonplace in China for foreign teachers to assign themselves honorary academic titles and many are teaching with fake degrees. Learn why this practice hurts us all.
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Guide Sections

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TEFL Primer: This 5-chapter primer will provide you with a basic understanding of EFL concepts and issues in China.

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Images Soup to nuts: 36 extensive chapters plus a pre-employment checklist and a "Reader's Digest Version" will guide prospective foreign teachers in their decision-making process.

This exhaustively comprehensive section is approached from a psycho-social and vocational-developmental perspective, covering everything you need to know to make an informed and intelligent decision about teaching English in China.

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Images Life in China is not easy for any of us. One research study reports that 50 percent of all Western expats leave China earlier than originally planned. Our thirty-chapter section will help you mentally prepare for your journey. We take you, step-by-step, from what you can expect the day after you arrive to long-term, ongoing adjustment issues.

You will learn about such topics as culture shock, how to distinguish it from clinical depression, the language barrier, social etiquette, currency and banking, the healthcare system, shopping, eating out and cooking at home, friendships, and even religious worship to name but a few.

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Taking Exam

Self-tests: Take one of our four online MKL-exclusive quizzes to assess your potential in China.

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Chinese Girl Dating in China: Our eight-chapter section on Dating, Sex, and Relationships will teach you everything you need to know about dating and marrying Chinese girls.

Most Western men have preconceived ideas about Asian women that are very far off from the truth. Learn about the psychology of Chinese women, dating etiquette, and what to do if you decide to tie the knot.

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Middle Kingdom Life is the premier award-winning educational website for foreign teachers and Western expats in China. It was founded by an American professor in psychology and sociology for the purpose of disseminating valid and reliable information about living and teaching in China. The site's mission is to protect and enhance the interests and social welfare of foreign teachers and Western expats in China.

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