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futsanglung Post time: 2016-6-28 14:29
I questioned my younger kids English teacher about this in the past ( she is Chinese ) and she sai ...

I've run into that, too
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As far as I know, Hubei province is piloting a program in which prospective teachers must substantiate their degree - a sealed transcript, or maybe an official letter. I'm not sure what exactly the criteria is. I handed over a sealed transcript of my degree and am still waiting for response on whether that would be satisfactory.
As far as overhauling the quality of English and Englishteaching in China, here are a few ideas:
1. One big problem is that, to begin with, there is no standard English. China should insist on accent/region neutral English speakers and choose a standard of English writing - Oxford, American or Australian (the 3 main)
2. Engage a team of native English speakers conversant in the chosen standardized English to proof any text - book, exam, etc.
3. Stop teaching English in Chinese (beyond the first few grades)!
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seneca Post time: 2016-6-28 21:29
I have said this hundreds times and no one has ever bothered to justify this: why do they print so ...

They can't even make a proper sentence, how can they write essays?

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This post was edited by BlondeAmber at 2016-6-29 15:41
exportedkiwi Post time: 2016-6-29 05:26
That's precisely why, for the most part, I worked in accredited colleges and universities. China i ...

Even 'accredited' universities in China are not free from cheating and dishonesty when it comes to dealing with foreign teachers.
I am speaking from personal experience when i mention a Chinese staff member who embezzled from FT salaries for years.

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This post was edited by BlondeAmber at 2016-6-29 16:23
teamkrejados Post time: 2016-6-29 10:54
As far as I know, Hubei province is piloting a program in which prospective teachers must substantia ...

'As far as you know....'

That is the problem, there are so many vague rumours and inconsistencies on the requirements for foreign teachers emanating from the Chinese education bureau that change with increasing frequency and undermine any credibility they have as a stable work environment.

Outline clear requirements for Ft's and enforce them - it is as simple as that.
Likewise stamp out those employers who hire illegally.
There is nothing more contemptuous than illegal schools getting off lightly due to connections and guanxi - it is similar to condoning cheating.
It is the illegal employers who are most likely to employ illegal and unqualified teachers, so the problem is NOT the fault of the 'backpacking' teachers, but the lax application of the law.
By punishing the illegal FT's only, illegal hiring practices are been seen to be condoned, and undermines any credibility the Chinese education authorities appear to have.

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