Teaching English in China Survival Guide

Teaching English in China Survival Guide

Noise from any English language class is like seasoning a special food dish. Sometimes, it’s too much; sometimes, it’s not enough. But China’s distinctive social and cultural flare makes choosing the best degree of student involvement especially problematic for an international English language instructor. Getting a response from some pupils can be like getting little kids to clean their room due to a culturally-ingrained resistance toward making errors before others (known as “losing face”). Others, encouraged by a laid-back foreign teacher’s approach to study, go wild and cause chaos in the class. These issues are exacerbated by English textbooks geared toward Westerners, and take no consideration of Chinese culture. Don’t worry! Having access to the best assets and some knowledge of the outlook and attitude of Chinese students, a foreign English language teacher’s work in China doesn’t need to be so difficult. Teaching Resources Large-chain English language facilities in China today supply textbooks of their own brand, which helps ease a teacher’s difficulties in the classroom. Unfortunately, it’s not hard to become discouraged by the multitude of dull, uninspired textbooks in use, especially if you’re teaching at a smaller school. Should you be stuck with a fixed lesson plan and a frustratingly boring textbook, try enhancing your course with exercises and activities from somewhere else. Look online. Many sites provide help and information to the struggling English language instructor. These three websites below are an excellent place to start: 1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/ 2. http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/ 3. http://www.eslcafe.com/ Helpful Discussion Topics A planned curriculum is usually followed by course content if you are teaching at an exclusive, private school. Despite what you...