CATESOL Los Padres 10-9-10 Teach in China Presentation


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  • News/Weather/Sports presentations by learners worked really well as did the follow-up questions from classmates
  • CATESOL Los Padres 10-9-10 Teach in China Presentation

    1. 1. Robert Mann Santa Barbara City College “ The Good, the Bad…….and the Beautiful!
    2. 2. <ul><li>Jiangsu Educational Services for International Education (JESIE) </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment of 100 teachers for summer camps </li></ul><ul><li>Applied on June 16, teaching on site in China less than a month later </li></ul><ul><li>JESIE have run summer teaching camps since 1997 </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>6-8,000 RMB ($US 900 - 1100) per month </li></ul><ul><li>Full food and board in a 3-star hotel </li></ul><ul><li>No air-fare reimbursement but transportation provided from Shanghai to Nanjing/Teaching Site </li></ul><ul><li>Sightseeing & w/end excursions included </li></ul><ul><li>Letter of support for 30-60 day visa </li></ul><ul><li>On-site Program Coordinator provided </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>5 x 45 min teaching periods per day </li></ul><ul><li>Class size of 25 – 30 </li></ul><ul><li>Learners were primary and secondary school teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Syllabus focused on spoken English and western teaching methodologies </li></ul><ul><li>No grading or assessment responsibilities </li></ul>
    5. 7. The Lishui school …… .and the teachers
    6. 8. The classroom and teaching
    7. 9. Great hospitality!
    8. 10. <ul><li>THE GOOD………… </li></ul><ul><li>Make contacts for longer term positions </li></ul><ul><li>Try out the idea of working in a foreign country </li></ul><ul><li>Teach with a group of other short term-teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Short-term teaching might fit when family commitments prevent longer appointment </li></ul><ul><li>Adds to your teaching resume </li></ul>
    9. 11. <ul><li>THE GOOD (cont’d) </li></ul><ul><li>Subsidize a trip to China </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively cheap to live and travel in China </li></ul><ul><li>Summer programs in China coincide with USA summer vacation </li></ul>
    10. 12. <ul><li>THE BAD…………………. </li></ul><ul><li>Low salary; no airfare support </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal TA or tutor support </li></ul><ul><li>Standard of classrooms, equipment & tech support varies </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer jobs for the over 55’s </li></ul><ul><li>Occasional last-minute administrative changes </li></ul>
    11. 13. <ul><li>THE BAD (cont’d) </li></ul><ul><li>Summer weather very hot and humid (especially in Southern China) </li></ul><ul><li>Very firm beds </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared for crouch toilets </li></ul>
    12. 14. <ul><li>…… AND THE BEAUTIFUL !! </li></ul><ul><li>Westerners treated as celebrities in many places </li></ul><ul><li>Great respect for teachers and education </li></ul><ul><li>1.3 billion people keen to learn English! </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese culture and scenery is fascinating! </li></ul>
    13. 15. Wonderful sites and friendly people
    14. 16. Michael Q Larson ELS Language Centers/Santa Barbara
    15. 18. <ul><li>Right now, in China: </li></ul><ul><li>Growing demand for English education </li></ul><ul><li>English is Required to graduate from most undergraduate programs (College English Test) </li></ul><ul><li>Roughly 100,000 Chinese studying in the US alone, many of whom took extracurricular English before coming over </li></ul><ul><li>China is rapidly industrializing, producing more money to spend on education </li></ul>
    16. 19. <ul><li>Potential Employers </li></ul><ul><li>Small private schools </li></ul><ul><li>Large English-teaching chains like EF and Wallstreet English – Even Disney </li></ul><ul><li>Universities </li></ul><ul><li>IB programs and private international high schools </li></ul>
    17. 20. <ul><li>Other Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Tutoring </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate training </li></ul>
    18. 21. <ul><li>How to find gigs and longer-term jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Positive Referrals from schools and companies </li></ul>
    19. 22. <ul><li>How to find gigs and longer-term jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Getting a work visa (finding a sponsor) </li></ul><ul><li>Housing allowance (or on-campus lodging) </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Mandarin </li></ul>
    20. 24. <ul><li>Very cooperative, very attentive …..take good notes </li></ul><ul><li>Keen to learn English and all about western countries </li></ul><ul><li>Gracious and polite </li></ul><ul><li>Family oriented culture so it was considered OK for teachers to bring their children to class with them </li></ul>
    21. 25. <ul><li>Unresponsive to Q &A in class </li></ul><ul><li>But journals and written surveys worked well for student feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Good participation in group activities, group songs and games </li></ul><ul><li>News/Weather/Sports presentations by learners worked well </li></ul>