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  • Dissertation
    Participant
    27 October, 2020 at 9:49
    • Total posts: 2

    What challenges do foreign English teachers face in their teaching and professional development in China?

    Hi! I am studying MA English Language Teaching.
    I am researching foreign teachers’ ELT experiences in China for my dissertation.
    As a foreign English teacher who has experienced teaching in China, your answers will be very useful for my research.
    All information collected will be anonymised and strictly confidential.

    Please also forward this to teachers you know who are or have taught in China.

    HUGE THANKS!

    NOT ALL answers are required but additional comments will be very much appreciated.
    For some questions, you may choose more than one answer.

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXLO2JX4SiF7wJJX5lCBNw9gm9FUVu17X4-ERY0WxOjpSwPg/viewform?usp=sf_link

    China Teachers Alliance
    Participant
    29 October, 2020 at 17:38
    • Total posts: 23

    WARNING: The China Scam Patrol has a scam alert out about unlicensed China job agents, recruiters, and identity thieves using questionnaires like this to find their next victims. This is a brand new user so, we urge you to ignore this questionnaire and any others that you see online.

    For more info and tips, you may want to visit these sites…

    https://reddit.com/r/chinascamcentral
    https://ruqqus.com/+TEFLBlacklist
    https://reddit.com/r/TEFLScams


    Always do your due diligence at https://ruqqus.com/+ChinaTEFL and check the CFTU’s white and blacklist before applying for new jobs to be safe – not sorry.

    phil
    Participant
    5 November, 2020 at 7:14
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    This questionnaire is legitimate

    This one looked fairly legit to me, so I emailed the supervisor quoted on the questionnaire. He is a genuine lecturer at Leeds Beckett University with a genuine email address. He replied, confirming that this is a genuine dissertation questionnaire from one of his students.

    So, whereas no doubt what China Teachers Alliance says does happen in some cases, don’t assume that it is always the case. Contrary to the scaremongering, there are some real people out there just trying to get some help with their research. Unless a well-respected university is somehow involved in what China Teachers Alliance refers to (which is of course a ridiculous supposition) then it looks like this person is one of those genuine people.

    Phil

    TEFLTanya
    Participant
    5 November, 2020 at 23:37
    • Total posts: 8

    Look… Anyone can pretend to be anyone on the internet. If I say I am Barbara Streisand looking to start an English school chain and I need 100 ESL teachers, please send your resumes and my email address is BarbaraStreisand@gmail.com are you going to send in your resume? Anyway, people at five different tefl forums have called out this guy on these questionnaires to identify himself through a university office with a listed telephone number for himself and the university and he has not done so. You guys can do want you want, but I am not taking any chances.


    Don’t cheat yourself with an illegal contract. Earn an extra $10,000 per year teaching in China. See: here https://docdroid.net/9eTuyGK/cftunewsletter125-pdf

    phil
    Participant
    6 November, 2020 at 16:11
    • Total posts: 58

    Anyone can pretend to be anyone on the internet

    Of course they can, but the supervisor of this person’s dissertation is not claiming to be someone, he is someone. He is a lecturer in the Department of Languages at a well-respected university in the UK.

    Surely you’re not claiming that the original poster hacked into the website of Leeds Beckett University, created a fake lecturer and gave him his own staff page on the website, and that this has escaped the notice of the university? Oh, and he would also have had to somehow monitor and intercept a genuine Leeds Beckett email address in case anyone (like me, for example) sent an email to it enquiring about the authenticity of the questionnaire.

    I would suggest you research and verify the facts (like I did) before writing a blanket reply on a forum post that may harm this student’s chances at getting material for his dissertation.

    TEFLTanya
    Participant
    6 November, 2020 at 21:58
    • Total posts: 8

    Better to be safe than sorry.

    Sorry Phil, I don’t know you but I have been receiving newsletters from the CFTU, China Teachers Alliance, China Scam Watch and China Scam Patrol since 2010 and I trust their advice over your own. Nothing personal mind you, but I don’t know you and I have seen this same identical Survey post on a bunch of different ESL and TEFL forums and they all use different names and each forum he/she only has one or two posts. If it walks like a duck its a fricking duck phil. This person made no effort to give us the name and land line telephone of the university where he is doing the research so people can verify END OF STORY.

    If other users want to risk being scammed or having their identity stolen, its up to them. I posted a horror story of another teacher who took a similar survey (in my first warning post) The China Teacher’s Alliance also posted a warning. I suggest all teachers start reading the scam alerts at these websites…

    https://reddit.com/r/ESLScams
    https://reddit.com/r/TEFLScams
    https://reddit.com/r/ChinaScamCentral
    https://reddit.com/r/Teff_tips_traps_scams
    https://reddit.com/r/CFTU
    https://reddit.com/r/ChinaScamPatrol
    https://reddit.com/r/ChinaTeachers
    https://chinascampatrol.wordpress.com
    https://ruqqus.com/+ChinaTEFL
    https://ruqqus.com/+TEFLBlacklist


    Don’t cheat yourself with an illegal contract. Earn an extra $10,000 per year teaching in China. See: here https://docdroid.net/9eTuyGK/cftunewsletter125-pdf

    China Teachers Alliance
    Participant
    9 November, 2020 at 18:53
    • Total posts: 23

    We have been following this debate and based on our 8 years of experience on 24 different ESL and TEFL forums, and over 7,000 complaints we received since 2012, the probability of this being a scam is high, especially because the OP has been asked at many forums to identify himself through a university contact number, and not a mobile number. He/she has not made any effort to put visitors at ease. I urge every visit here to read this report here before deciding whether or not to take any online or job fair survey…

    China Scam Patrol Scam Alert:

    Scam Alert! Beware of fake online or job fair surveys and questionnaires expats & TEFL teachers. Within six months of completing one you will lose BIG bucks. Here is one typical example and at any given time there are over a thousand of these surveys online waiting for gullible guys and gals to wander by.
    These surveys are typically posted by new users with very low post counts and their specialty is hit and run frauds that work like this…

    They will ask you to help them with their research, thesis, or marketing study and since they only ask you to send in an email without asking your name or phone number you think there can be no harm nor danger. But they will ask you about your dream job and let’s say you reply “Teaching TEFL in a tropical coastal city for at least $50.000 a year”.

    After you get an auto reply thank you for your help with the survey, you quickly forget about the survey and move on with your life. But 2-3 months later you get a surprise email from another unrelated source like HR@TeachAbroadToday.com or something similar.

    They announce that they received your resume from XYZ job fair or China HR, or even some famous website that you mentioned you visit in your old survey. They are now contacting to see if you have interest in a TEFL teaching position in Sanya (a tropical resort city in South China similar to Hawaii) and this job provided a furnished apartment and $60,000 a year with weekends off. They will even send some beautiful photos. Wow! what a wonderful surprise you think, and never once think the job offer is fake.

    The email says, if you are interested send us your reply ASAP so they can schedule a Skype interview without delay. They will then call you to arrange that Skype interview within 24 hours of receiving your reply. The interview is done in a professional setting with the well-dressed “HR Director” or “School Principal” and of course all goes well. Before hanging up they will tell you that you are qualified for the job and since they are obligated to interview at least 3 people for every job, they will call you back in a day or two.

    Sure enough they call you back with the good news and tell you your starting date and they need your passport scan to fill out your contract. Not suspecting anything you send them your passport scan. They then email you your contract and insurance application since they will be providing you full medical and dental coverage and on that form you are required to supply your national identification number which in America is your social security number. After you send everything back, they congratulate you, but a few days later they will call with some bad news that the teacher you were going to replace, changed her mind and extended her contract for another year. But if any other position opens up they will call you immediately.

    Three months later when the police detective shows up at your door arresting you for credit card fraud, the last thing you will be thinking about is the teaching job you didn’t get. Of course you will clear your name but you will need to spend about $5,000 for a lawyer to get you out of jail on bail, and your case dismissed and then take a full year to get your good name and credit restored with all the banks and credit agencies. Yes, this really does happen hundreds of times every day, and hopefully you don’t get arrested on a Friday.

    To learn about the top 25 scams that target TEFL Teachers and nomadic expats, visit https://chinascampatrol.wordpress.com and also https://reddit.com/r/ChinaScamCentral. You’ve been warned.


    Always do your due diligence at https://ruqqus.com/+ChinaTEFL and check the CFTU’s white and blacklist before applying for new jobs to be safe – not sorry.

    phil
    Participant
    10 November, 2020 at 13:36
    • Total posts: 58

    I have no doubt that this happens a lot.

    But, I responded to this questionnaire, and guess what – it did not ask me for an email address. My submission was completely anonymous. No way at all for this person to do what you outline in your post.

    So, a questionnaire with completely anonymous submissions, validated by a genuine lecturer with a genuine email address at a genuine university.

    Still think this one is a scam?

    Or perhaps, just perhaps, there are some good, honest people out there, and not everyone is trying to scam us.

    Again, yes, I know there are a lot of scammers out there, especially when it comes to China. I get it. You make that point very clearly in your dozens of “everyone’s out to get you” forum posts.

    But we do the world no favours by automatically accusing everyone without first checking our facts. It just contributes to a downward spiral of negativity and discouragement.

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