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Hello, my name is Gayle (rhymes with mail) and I am a 64-year-old retired teacher from the west coast of the USA. I joined China Daily for several reasons.|
First, I like to understand the point of view of other countries. I read news publications of many different countries, I feel so lucky that the internet makes this possible. I wanted to know more about the Chinese point of view of recent world events, especially the election in the US and its possible impact on China.
Second, I have recently heard about Chinese companies that are hiring American teachers to tutor Chinese students of English via Skype. Having taught English as a second language for years here in the US, having a degree in linguistics, and having myself learned several foreign languages as an adult (so I know how it feels) I feel qualified for that work. But considering that culture and life experiences affect communication as much as do the words of a language, I would like to learn more about modern China before I contact these companies. I studied Chinese in college enough to have a sense of the specific problems English presents to Chinese speakers, but I would like to understand more about the difficulties students are having with English. Also I would like to ask, if anyone here has used the services of these Skype tutoring companies, what do they think of them?
Third, I am very interested in the subject of education policy and education innovation. That is another discussion too long for an introductory post. But I would be interested in meeting and corresponding with Chinese people interested in this subject.
I also have a question. (This may have been covered in the Terms of Service, but I could not get it to open when I was registering, so I just clicked "I Agree.") Is it permissible to offer services here at China Daily, for example as an English tutor or editor? Am I allowed to mention such services in posts, and would I be allowed to send private messages to people offering such services to those who seem to need them? I want to respect your rules, thank you so much.