ESL News

  • The problems foreign teachers might have during their teaching 28/07/2017

    With the development of the economy, both the school and the parents raise higher request for their children’s English learning. Many schools have invited foreign teachers to do at their schools, they think that foreign teachers can better develop the ability of children to hear and speak, however there are advantages and disadvantages of hiring foreign teachers. Here are some problems that foreign teachers might have in teaching Chinese students, so you can try to avoid if you can. (1)lack of systematic English teaching Chinese teachers will do a lot of research on what they will teach, and prepare lessons before every class, they have their teaching materials to follow strictly. However, quite a few foreign teachers are usually very casual while , few develop a detailed teaching plan at the beginning of the semester. Most schools will provide some basic teaching materials for foreign teachers, however, many foreign teachers do not use a certain teaching materials, but use their own preparation of the handouts, they might choose the textbooks, content with some randomness, lack of systematic and tight plus the lack of lesson plan, which makes the oral classroom activities scattered, lack of subject, oral class into a loose chat class. Students in such a classroom can not learn the substantive content of the study of English. It is also not a great help. English teaching to Chinese students is not only chatting with them, it includes some systematic learning. (2)insufficient assessment of Chinese students' English proficiency Foreign teachers don’t understand the Chinese students well enough. They always estimate their ability of English too high or too low. Sometimes the students feel the teaching content is way too naive, especially the grammar is too simple for them. Most of the Chinese students voice, hearing and verbal ability is not..

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  • Fun of teaching english in China 26/07/2017

    Having been in contact with many foreign techers, I found that China is such an interesting places in their eyes. When holiday comes, they will visit different cities to explore , enjoy the beautiful scenery, learn to do some Chinese food and some Chinese. To many of them, doing is not making money, it’s an excellent experience.   A foreign teacher from the United States is now teaching in Chongqing. He said the students there are very lovely and teachers are very kind and enthusiastic. They taught him some simple Chinese and took him to eat some super hot food. He felt it was very interesting. In addition, he is a travel enthusiast. In his spare time, he will bring his SLR to go to streets of the city and make a variety of interesting photos. He said was not only a simple job. It is a wonderful experience for him. He took part in some travel activities and have known many Chinese friends. He has been to Guilin. It is very beautiful there. He also has been to Fujian,Zhuhai and Harbin. Every city has its own characteristics and local delicious food. Fujian and Zhuhai are very nice costal places with warm climate. The air quality there is good. Many foreigners would like to work there when they look for ESL jobs in China. He also changes his impression on Harbin.At first, he only knows that it is a very cold place. You have to wear a lot when going outside. But when he got there, he found it was a fantastic place. He went Greater Hinggan. Maybe there are not many tourist attractions, but after the heavy now, it's vert clean and can give people the biggest baptism of the spirit.This kind of feeling is hard to express out. ..

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  • Issues about the contract! 24/07/2017

    Recently, I have seen a message inquiring the issues about the contract. She has encountered the worst issue that the school has broken the contract.  The school has assigned more hours to her and paid less than the rate on the contract, which made her really uncomfortable.  Then, what she can do is to protect her rights.   As we all know, the school that signed contract with you applies the work visa for you. The work visa can keep you working legally in China. According to the rules about the work visa, you can only work for the school that sponsors you.  If you work for other schools at the same time, no matter full time or part time it’s illegal.  Therefore, if you want to work for a new school, you need to ask the new school to apply a new work visa for you. If you want to change an , you’d better get the new work visa before your current one is expired. In this case, I would recommend that the ESL teacher get a new contract through .   Now we can talk about some issues about the contract that sign with the employers. Everyone knows that contract is supposed to protect both sides’ rights of the contract and bound their behaviors.  However, since there is lack of monitoring in Chinese ESL teachers Market, the contract doesn’t work like the one in the law sometimes. When some ESL teachers or employers break the contract, there is no place to go. The only thing that you can do is to jump out of the contract and get a new one.   How did this happen? In my opinion, both sides have their own problems. As far as I know, some ESL teachers who had signed contract..

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  • Problems that foreign teachers may encounter before and after arriving in China 19/07/2017

    There are more and more foreign teachers doing in schools in China. Most of them are teaching oral English. Some teachers have a lot of teaching experience, so they can quickly adapt to a new working environment. Some teachers are professional subject teachers teaching mathematics, physics, chemistry, etc.The purpose is to teach some professional knowledge of schools that students would like to study abroad. In my opinion, most of the schools in China hire foreign teachers to mainly teach oral English so that students can learn English better. But some international schools also need subject teachers. These teachers can not only teach oral English but also other subjects. But there is a problem. That is there are big differences between and teaching in their home countries.   First of all, from China's national conditions. China is a populous country.It's very common that there are 60 or 70 students in each class. However, in some European and American countries, the population is very small, so teachers just need to handle 10-20 students. So when they come to do , they can't get used to the big class size. But this condition can not be changed in China. It’s a national condition. So teachers have t adapt to it.You can start from very active students to mobilize the active atmosphere of the whole class.   In addition, there is another problem that some foreign teachers recently graduated and seek English as a second language jobs in China. These foreign teachers are often young. They are lack of teaching experience and it's not easy for them to start. So some schools will provide training during probation period. Teachers need to cooperate with the school positively to make themselves qualified. They may have their own ideas for teaching method, but the school knows what..

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  • How someone teaches English in China without a degree? 17/07/2017

    China has a great demand of English teachers from overseas, especially from English-speaking countries. However, most schools will hire foreigners with basic qualifications to arrange a legal under the Chinese government policy. The basic qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, a TEFL and two years teaching experience after graduation. Suppose you don’t have a degree, you will need to find some special schools that would accept non-degree holders. How can you make yourself stand out when you don’t have a degree? As we know, everything is possible and nothing is absolute. Everyone will have his advantages and a place to exert. Therefore, you are still able to without a degree. The only problem is that you will have fewer choices and less pay. There are two kinds of possibilities for you to teach in China without a degree. One is teaching without a working visa, and the other is teaching with a working visa in a less popular city to kids probably. First, teaching without a working visa is a way to stay in China. Some schools are not licensed to arrange a working visa for foreign teachers, and some foreigners don’t have the necessary documents to apply for a working visa, so they choose to hire the teachers on a business visa or other visas, but they will ensure their safety before doing so. Usually they have good relationship with government or have done so for a few years. These are usually language training centers teaching kids from 3 to 15. Guangdong is a popular province for hiring such foreign teachers, since they are close to HongKong, and it’s easy to extend visa every a few months. A lot of foreigners are living in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Dongguan on tourist visa and business visa. Some are doing and some ...

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