ESL Job Tips

Non-Native English Speakers Teaching in China Revisited

A little while ago, in an article entitled Can Non-Native English Speakers Teach English in China? I discussed some of the difficulties non-native speakers of English may encounter in China in relation to finding teaching jobs.

Since that article was posted, this site has received hundreds of hits from non-native speakers of English asking me to help them find a place to teach in China.

Unfortunately, I am not a recruiter and nor do I run a school, but the overwhelming response the article produced prompted me to do some further investigation into the issue of non-native speakers of English teaching in China.… Read the rest

ESL Job Tips

How to Make Your Chinese Boss Angry

Although I risk a vehement chorus of disagreement for saying so, my Chinese bosses have been relatively easy to please.

Yes, their constant requests to appear at business dinners or be photographed in school advertisements can be annoying, but in general I have found Chinese bosses do not ask for so much from their foreign teachers.

Of course, there are ESL teachers in China who still manage to drive their bosses crazy. How? Often, they are just plain bad teachers who think they can get away with anything.

Here are some actions (or lack thereof) which are sure to annoy your Chinese boss:

  1. Showing up late to class — No matter how much your Chinese boss likes you, he or she is not going to appreciate a tardy teacher.
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ESL Job Tips

Can Non-Native English Speakers Teach in China?

Non-native speakers of English who want to teach in China will find their options are more limited.

Sad but true, foreign teachers in China are often hired based on looks with a much lower emphasis placed on actual teaching skill.

Many schools will only hire teachers who look like they are from the West (or Australia and New Zealand). In the school administration’s way of thinking, employing a blue eyed, blonde hair foreigner is going to garner more attention for the school than hiring someone from Africa, Central and South America, or elsewhere in Asia. In addition, schools are wary of hiring non native speakers because they want their students to learn the native accent of a Western Country.… Read the rest