TEFLChina Teahouse: Job: Introduction:

 

Introduction

Two things to remember about China -- Roger Chrisman, May 21, 1999

One
Nothing is final.
Two

Everything is a relationship.
--my Tai Qi Teacher and colleague

In China relationships are king. So work on yours with your employers -- the Foreign Affairs Office at your school and the academic department you teach in. Here a contract is merely an invitation to develop a real working and mutually beneficial relationship with the folks at your school. In the end it will be the relationships that get things done, not the contract. Relationships take time and effort to build but they are essential tools in your profession in China. Consider your contract an invitation to build mutually beneficial relationships.

 

Related reading
Middle Kingdom Life* http://middlekingdomlife.com/guide/
Job choice and life in China advice. This site thoroughly explains how teaching English in China as a foreigner is de-professionalized, how this makes the job difficult and frustrating and how this impacts foreign teachers. Everyone involved in teaching English in China in any way will benefit greatly by careful consideration of the serious issues presented on the Middle Kingdom Life website and companion blog. A must read.
China ESL: An Industry Run Amuck? -Niu Qiang and Martin Wolff
An article discussing the de-professionalized state of teaching English in China.


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