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Criteria to be an English teacher in China

Popularity 11Viewed 7624 times 2016-8-15 18:01 |System category:News| teacher, English, China

With the rapid economic development and opening up, China has invited English teachers from various nations. I heard that Chinese Schools and institutes have been allowing British English first and then American accent. Here are three stories while Asians tried to be an English teacher in Beijing.


First, One lady bought a duplicate certificate (fake certificate provider company in Beijing) that she had learnt English from Canada and started a teaching job. Finally she gave up the job while she was going to be inspected thoroughly from the authority. With the lack of enough confidences she left the school timely and chapter is closed.  

 

Second, a Young, energetic handsome Asian guy was trying to get a teaching job in Beijing, but his Asian color was upsetting his goal. Finally, he colored his hair as gray and changed the get up too, like a westerner however his English accent was perfect. Now he is the owner of an English language institute. He offers some western teachers to fortify his goodwill.

 

Third, many black Asians and African also holding teacher’s job but there is vast discrimination in wages.


Is China going to strongly pave a way for English learners? Or should English be authorized only for westerners or what should the criteria for the English teaching in China? I will respect all the suggestions and progressive ideas as you deliver. Thanks.      

 

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Reply Report Chengking 2016-8-15 22:05
Most Chinese employers and parents of students are not sophisticated enough to tell the difference between an English/American person and a white European looking person. The two, after all, have the same "face". Now, an Asian or a black person, just doesn't have that look, or "face". So, it is only natural that they are perceived as being less English, or less qualified. As China learns more and more about the outside world the situation would slowly improve, and this takes time.
Reply Report voice_cd 2016-8-16 08:01
thanks for sharing such a good topic, old friend, we have highlighted it.
Reply Report 财神 2016-8-16 14:25
Chengking: Most Chinese employers and parents of students are not sophisticated enough to tell the difference between an English/American person and a white Euro ...
Thanks for your words here.
Reply Report 财神 2016-8-16 14:25
voice_cd: thanks for sharing such a good topic, old friend, we have highlighted it.
Thanks. Cheers!!
Reply Report snowipine 2016-8-16 21:27
I am a proficient Chinese speaker, at least I think so. Am I qualified to be a good Chinese language teacher for a group of hopeful foreign students who are thirsty to polish their Chinese language skills? I don't think I have the qualification to do so.
Reply Report SEARU 2016-8-17 19:58
snowipine: I am an influent Chinese speaker, at least I think so. Is I qualified to be a good Chinese language teacher for a group of hopeful foreign students wh ...
You are modest!
Reply Report BlondeAmber 2016-8-18 13:47
The attitude of many recruiters when hiring English teachers is very poor, as I have found, so they end up with poorly qualified or inexperienced teachers because they are cheaper to hire and will attract the most students.
It seems anyone can call themselves a school as long as they have enough money, regardless of whether they have any experience or knowledge about effective/ proper teaching as the main aim is profit, not education.
Hence poor teachers who don't question a school are hired and the professionals go elsewhere.

I have written a blog about my recent interactions with so-called recuiters.
Reply Report AndrewCraven 2016-8-22 16:25
BlondeAmber: The attitude of many recruiters when hiring English teachers is very poor, as I have found, so they end up with poorly qualified or inexperienced teac ...
Bingo.
Reply Report 财神 2016-8-23 09:04
I would like to express my thanks to all who deliver their ideas. Cheers!!
Reply Report mbursian 2016-9-23 06:14
I have a dear friend who was born, raised and educated in the UK.  Her parents are Vietnamese.  She had a very difficult time finding an English language teaching job in China based on her Asian appearance alone.
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-4-8 20:11
It is not about authorities sometimes , it is a cultural thing ! Chinese parents like white good looking  teachers despite of their terrible English and almost no teaching skills ! Many students prefer to have a white Italian or French guy than a quilified American or British black teacher . So pathetic , that is the bitter truth !!
Reply Report Swifty55 2018-2-13 15:59
I have met many blacks teaching English and everyone told me they have no idea how to teach period.I have observed a few and I agree they should not be English teachers.Thier grammer is very poor.
Reply Report Florating 2018-3-27 13:53
Before a few days, I hearded a story that said there be a parents who wanted to promote her  son's english level, so taken part in a english course which costed her much money. Finaly, her son can speak english very well, but his english score was not be promoted  after his english exam be delivered.

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