A few questions

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  • Lizzy
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    19 January, 2012 at 19:31
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    I’m new to the forum and had a few questions about teaching in Asia.

    I had an e-mail yesterday from an agency telling me that in it would be very difficult for me to find work in northern China because I’m half Chinese (but a native English speaker – born in the UK). Will this be a problem in other places too? If so, how much of an issue do you think it will be?

    In your experience is it best to go through an agency or to apply directly to a school? It will be the first time I’ve taught, so I wouldn’t mind taking a bit of a hit on pay if the agency was really helpful, but if it was a case of being pretty much on your own once you got there I guess it’d be better to go to a school directly?

    Also can anyone recommend any good sites to find jobs? I’ve been using tefl.com mostly

    Thanks in advance

    BillyBob
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    4 February, 2012 at 12:26
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    Reply To: A few questions

    Unfortunately for you, being of Asian heritage is actually not a benefit when it comes to teaching in China.

    What most people don’t know is that ESL teaching in China is more business than education.

    Not looking like a foreigner will make it harder for you to find employment even though you may be a great teacher.

    At the end of the day the schools want the parents to see there is a foreigner there so they can charge more for the classes.

    Good luck in your search.

    Damien
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    24 February, 2012 at 15:20
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    Reply To: A few questions

    Well, if I were you, I wouldn’t go to China. I’ve taught in China, S. Korea and Taiwan and I’ve been lied to and cheated every place. I used to teach in Europe and that’s where I’m going back to.
    If you do go, I would contact schools directly. There’s a bizillion freakin ads on the web. Just Google ESL jobs and choose.
    Some countries it’s useful for a recruiter, but for China—NOT.

    Damien

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