You are set for the adventure of a lifetime as an English teacher in China. It is an exciting time and also a time when you start to ask questions. What is teaching students in China like? Will my
approach work? Will my students learn? All important questions.
Of course students are students all over the world so basic theories about how students learn effectively have just as much relevance in China as in North America, Europe or Australia. If you have taught
school before there are differences in how Chinese students perceive their role in the classroom and how parents perceive that their children learn. Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) versus teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) will produce a new set of challenges. If you are moving into a different teaching environment, your opinions on how students and especially children learn may be challenged.
While EF has a syllabus and curriculum a successful teacher must develop different elements into their approach such as:
What are some of the challenges and rewards you are expecting while teaching for EF in China? How do you think teaching Chinese students may be different to your previous experiences?