TESOL China: My First Day on The Job

TESOL China: The First Day TeachingBy Jonathan Caulk – 120-hour TESOL certificate

When I first stepped into the classroom in China, after tripping over the metal threshold, I felt dizzy and panicky. I hadn’t taught anything to anyone in my life. The closest thing to teaching on my resume was a promotion gig which involved standing in the parking lot of an amusement park, promoting a brand of drinkable yogurt. But, here I stood behind a podium which was about a foot too short for my skinny, 191 cm frame, about to teach a class of twenty-eight Chinese college freshman! What did I do? Well, I pawed at the first page of the first lesson with my sweaty hands, and…

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OnTESOL Review: How TEFL Certification Makes a Difference in China

OnTESOL Review OnTESOL Review by Max Andreozzi:

Before starting the TEFL certification course, I taught in China for two years. I really enjoyed teaching in a Chinese university as this job made me fall in love with teaching English. Unfortunately, I was not adequately prepared to teach English in a foreign country. I knew I needed to improve myself. When I searched the internet for an online school, I found OnTESOL. I decided this school was right for me after reading many positive reviews of the courses they offered. After completing the 120-hour course with TEYL specialization, I can honestly say that I made the right decision.

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TESOL China – Tourist Visa vs Work Visa

TESOL China RecruitmentMany recent TESOL graduates cannot decide between using a recruiter or going to China on their own. We asked one of our graduates about his experience and he provided the following advice:

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TEFL: Adapting to Life in China

Adaptation blog- teaching English in ChinaTaking the plunge to teach English in China required an entire lifestyle and mental overhaul. Here are a few things I learned within the first months of arrival:

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TEFL China: Accommodation, Salary, Part-Time Jobs and Taxes

TEFL China accommodationI found my first job teaching English to first year students at a government-run college in the heart of the city of Guangzhou. The school was great, the salary was pretty good for the number of hours I had to teach, and they offered free accommodation! One of the reasons people choose to teach English in China is that schools provide foreign teachers with paid accommodation, but I’m going to tell you how to negotiate a higher salary and find a better place!

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TEFL China: Visa, Vaccines, and More!!

Work Visa TEFL China You should not teach English in China without the work visa.  The government is now cracking down on foreigners working illegally in China, and, as a result, the school may ask you to get a work visa prior to your arrival in order to avoid paying hefty fines. Many schools, like English First, will help you get the work visa. If the school will not help you out, then read this blog.

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TEFL China: Finding a job, Part I

TEFL China finding TESOL JobsFinding any TESOL job in China, let alone a good one, was not easy for me. As I had mentioned in my first post, I am a Canadian of Chinese descent. I look Chinese and you wouldn’t believe how often I was told by Chinese people in China that my English is very good. In my job search, I stumbled upon a forum that discussed Chinese-looking people wanting to live and work in China. The main message was loud and clear: DON’T DO IT. People reported facing difficulty finding jobs and discrimination. Still, I was determined to go.

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TESOL China: Culture Shock

TESOL China Culture ShockMy experiences as a Canadian living and working in China are different from most: I am a Canadian of Chinese descent – I LOOK Chinese, but I behave like a Canadian. This duality was advantageous at times, but it has also been the source of immense grief and frustration. The perspective from which I write this blog series on teaching in China will be from a Chinese-Canadian perspective, but I will try to include perspectives from the typical (i.e. Caucasian) foreigner whenever possible.

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