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Post time 2016-6-27 10:46:01 |Display all floors
Tight regulations for the hire of English teachers are in the pipeline to enhance the quality of foreign expats employed in teaching facilities. The government has not released the detailed statutes yet. However, is it necessary to introduce a new regulation? Even if it can be implemented, many institutions will pay less heed to because demand far exceeds supply esp in second and third-tier cities. And the schools cannot afford to pay teachers who have professional qualifications, degrees and experiences. What do you think? Are native English-speaking teachers always the right choice?


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Post time 2016-6-27 11:24:28 |Display all floors
Long overdue!  Tourists teaching English  are  not qualified,  not only breaking the law but cheating students too!!

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Post time 2016-6-27 14:33:58 |Display all floors
There is a danger in setting university degree standards as the measure of the potential English teacher. A university degree is not a measure of the ability to either teach English or of the quality of the spoken English practised by the teacher. I have personally suffered from many university graduates in England who were fully qualified as teachers but couldn't teach to save their life and I have met many people who were not academically qualified as teachers but had excellent teaching skills.

If the bar is to be raised then it should be to require teaching qualifications such as TEFOL which are specifically focused on teaching English as a foreign language. The limitation here is that, the last time I looked, TEFOL accept anybody for their courses regardless of their English speaking skills or academic skills.

"Native English Speakers" may or may not have the advantage of the correct standard of English as it should be noted that there is no universal standard of English and pronunciation can vary wildly, not just between English speaking countries but even within the UK. To overcome this issue of potentially strong regional dialects and grammar it would be necessary to grade English for neutrality.

The final point is that the higher you raise the bar then the fewer suitably qualified teachers you will end up having access to. This will in turn increase the wages that they can command and will probably price out smaller educational establishment who could no longer afford them. The result will be that the majority of Chinese students will only have access to native Chinese teachers with excellent grammar but bad pronunciation and an overuse of long, important sounding adjectives that would have the average Englishman reaching for a dictionary before he could understand the meaning.
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Post time 2016-6-27 16:11:21 |Display all floors

The answer should be same as when we ask "why Made in China product is related to low quality?
The answer will be as many forumites said here  "you get what you pay?"
Denial, according the psychoanalysts, is one of the most primary mechanisms of defense. It consists in the attitude of denying or minimizing obvious facts of reality with which the individual can´t  cope or whose irresponsibility is unable to meet.

And I agree.

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Post time 2016-6-27 17:17:32 |Display all floors
pnp Post time: 2016-6-27 11:24
Long overdue!  Tourists teaching English  are  not qualified,  not only breaking the law but cheatin ...

many schools are not even licenced to hire foreign teachers and hire the unqualified because the professionals steer clear of them.
then even if a school has a licence to hire foreign teachers, all they want is an 'edutainer' who won't require the students to do actual work.

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Post time 2016-6-27 17:28:24 |Display all floors
China and Western world shares different culture and ideology which means that expat would never teach Chinese students in their own way nor would these kid's parents would do that ,.,

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Post time 2016-6-27 18:12:20 |Display all floors
fatdragon Post time: 2016-6-27 14:33
There is a danger in setting university degree standards as the measure of the potential English tea ...

Chinese teachers , even with English degrees, are not qualified to teach English.  They are poor in both written and oral English. They get  their degrees through rote learning and being exam smart!

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