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Emily in China

December 13, 2017

Every now and then, an email comes along that makes us realise how much doing a CELTA course can change your life and give you opportunities you never thought possible. Here is one such, from Emily, who took the CELTA with ELTS, Swansea University in October 2016, and now finds herself with long term plans in a professional teaching role in China. She’s also on the lookout for new teachers! I’ve sent Emily’s private email to our distribution list.

“I wanted to drop you a line as I’ve made it to China and have been teaching for the last 5 months here. Teaching is proving to be quite the challenge but one I am enjoying. I teach a number of different classes with ages ranging from 3 to 10, so I’m getting to see and experience how children learn a second language at different ages. It really is mind blowing! 

I work for English First (EF) in Xuzhou. It’s classed as one of the smaller cities here in China but considering the population is over 9million, I don’t think it’s small, hahahaha. 

It’s strange to think that this time last year, I was coming to the end of CELTA. If you had said I would be living in China, I would’ve laughed as I certainly didn’t expect to go so far from home but I am loving the experience. If all goes according to plan, I will be here for at least two years and then I may think about where I want to go to next. 

Would you be willing to circulate my email address to your distribution list? EF is looking to recruit new teachers here in Xuzhou and if any of your students are interested, I’d be happy to talk with them.

Say hi to all the other tutors for me and thank them once again for their patience with me last year. If it wasn’t for you and the rest of the team, I wouldn’t be where I am today 😊

Best wishes


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