Jason Manning - EFL Teacher and Website Designer

china website designer Dec 31, 2016

Jason Manning's position as a college teacher in China has given him the time and flexibility to pursue other goals outside the classroom.  Read how Jason used his self-taught technical skills to build a website and focus on a specific niche in the ELT world.  

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I’m currently living in Foshan city, very close to Guangzhou in China and the ancestral home of Bruce Lee. I’ve been living and working here since 2009, usually I work in a city for two years then move to another, but stayed because I met my wife. What I love about Foshan, apart from being my wife’s hometown, is it’s as cosmopolitan as Guangzhou, but not as expensive.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching since 2002 and I started in Shanghai, I was convinced by an old classmate who was already working there to leave Australia and join him. At first I was hesitant because my background was in art not English. Finally I...

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James Flieder - EFL Teacher and English School Owner

china school owner Dec 09, 2016

James Flieder has combined his passion of teaching, language learning and drama by opening up a language school in China.  Find out how James uses a specific goal-setting technique which had lead to his success.  

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach in Ma’anshan, Anhui province, in China. It’s a “small” city of about 1.5 million people. I have lived here for two years now.

How long have you been teaching?

ESL, 9 years. German, 2 years. My first job after college was as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at a secondary school in Linz, Austria. I had double-majored in Theatre and German, so when I arrived I was looking for ways to combine my passion for language and drama in the classroom. Adjacent to the school I was working at was a private international school that already had its own English through drama program. I knew I could do the same. Our students’ parents agreed, so we held weekend workshops to give...

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