Joel Harley

About Joel Harley

Joel Harley is an ESL teacher and professional writer currently living and working in Chengdu, China. He enjoys good food, good drink and bad movies. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter, and find his movie reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sun, Sea and Sanya: Travels in China During COVID-19

What a whirlwind of a year 2020 has been. Coronavirus. The sudden shutdown of school. Self-quarantine. The closing of the borders to foreign nationals. Online teaching. The sudden reopening of school. Trying to teach while wearing a mask in a sweltering hot classroom without air conditioning. Homesickness. The constant fear and uncertainty for friends and [...]

2020-10-14T10:48:40+00:00October 14th, 2020|Articles, Life in China|0 Comments

Money Talks: The ESL Teacher Quality of Life

The primary reason most ESL teachers approach a career in China - or overseas in general - is travel, and the broadening of one’s horizons. However, that’s not to say that there aren’t other opportunities to improve one’s quality of life in other ways. Financially, a career in ESL can also be very rewarding. While [...]

2020-07-08T05:00:30+00:00July 8th, 2020|Articles, Life in China, Teaching|0 Comments

Back in the Classroom in China after COVID-19

And just like that, it was all over. Or at least, a small part of it was, here in Chengdu. Another step towards normality, or whatever passes for it in your average English Language Training School. Three months after closing down because of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, the doors of the school where I work [...]

2020-05-27T06:27:54+00:00May 27th, 2020|Articles, Teaching|0 Comments
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