ERIC Number: EJ943377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: N/A
Go East, Young Teacher!
Educational Horizons, v89 n2 p22-23 Win 2011
Because China is the world's fastest growing economy, the Chinese school system has a huge demand for English teachers at all levels. Teaching English as a second language (ESL) offers a plethora of benefits, such as developing a more critical approach to cultural understanding, more opportunities for travel, overseas experience during a time of global fever, potential to save money, and improved communication skills. For most schools, the only prerequisites are being a native English speaker with a college degree, even if that degree isn't in teaching. Teachers can usually choose between a one-year or half-year contract. Pay varies depending on the school and location. The biggest cultural challenge may be found in the classroom when trying to encourage student participation. Teachers have to invest a lot of creative energy in establishing an engaging learning environment.
Descriptors: Student Participation, Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, English Teachers, Communication Skills, English (Second Language), English Instruction, Cultural Differences, Tenure, Teacher Supply and Demand, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Occupational Information, Salary Wage Differentials, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: China