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TEFL Teachers deported from China

According to the CRI news agency, two TEFL teachers have been deported from China after they were found to be working illegally in Shanxi province.

Police arrested the two – a 59 year old American woman and a 25 year old Pakistani man – after raiding an English school which was not certified to employ foreigners and later deported them, banning their return to China.
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Chinese? Then Study Abroad to boost your Social Status

If you are Chinese and want to improve your social standing it’s simple – just study English abroad.

A recent survey by the China Daily newspaper revealed how 61% of students wanted to study abroad simply to improve their social status back home while only 47% felt it would be good for their employment prospects.

Meanwhile the survey also revealed how many students were concerned about…

China – a crisis point in getting new teachers

China is facing a crisis in English teachers this upcoming year.

With over 4,000 teachers needed in China, recruitment companies are finding it harder and harder to get well qualified and committed teachers.

There are two main reasons cited for the problem.

The government and teaching authorities are raising the standards required of foreign teachers, sometimes asking for as much as 5 years previous experience…

HK Universities Snub Mainland China in English

In a move bound to upset mainland China,  2 top Hong Kong universities have rejected the Chinese CET test in favor of IELTS.

In future, the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong will ask for student applicants to present their IELTS score instead of their Chinese based CET score.

The College English Test or CET is a foreign language test used…

Basketball Legend Promotes English Teaching in China

Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming has joined up with a teaching agency in China to help provide English teaching and hopefully give the students opportunities they badly need.

“Lots of places in China’s west are indeed short of educational resources … The lack of teachers is a particularly serious problem, which cannot be solved within one or two years,” said Yao. Part of the deal will be to offer…

Jailed in China: an American English Teacher

An American English teacher at a university has been jailed in China for stealing over $14,000 from a colleague.

Foster, an American teaching English in Guangzhou in China, broke into his colleague’s room where he stole over $14,000 in cash and travellers checks in April this year.

The following morning, Foster was arrested. The money was returned to the victim who reportedly said, “I have been in China…

US Teacher Jailed in China

An American English teacher at a university has been jailed in China for stealing over $14,000 from a colleague.

Foster, an American teaching English in Guangzhou in China, broke into his colleague’s room where he stole over $14,000 in cash and travellers checks in April this year. The following morning he was arrested. The money was returned to the victim who reportedly said, “I have been in…

329 Ways to avoid getting Ripped Off in China

There have been a lot of problems with teachers getting ripped off in China by unscrupulous agents and illegal agents.

In fact, one reliable estimate from the CFTU (more on them later) is that only around 20% of agents in China are authorized and legal – the other 2,000 or so agents are illegal and unauthorized!

And these illegal agents are making a LOT of money…

Western Style Kindergartens in China

According to the CRI English website there is a rapidly increasing demand in China for a “Western” style kindergartens.

Adele Bai, General Manager of Kids and Teens Education First, stresses the growing value of English language teachers in the country, especially at kindergarten age (between 3 and 6 years of age), when children are most receptive to learning an additional language.

However, the equal importance of the quality…

Telling Parents about Rubbish Students?

A teacher in China has been forced to apologize after sending a mass text out to the parents calling their children “garbage”.

Ok  so maybe the teacher was at the end of his tether, but is this ever justified? Would you ever tell a parent that their child was rubbish?!

For more, see here…

Google blocked in China

According to reports today (see link below) some Google services (including gmail) are being blocked in China. If you are a teacher there and are having problems remember you may be able to use a proxy server to get around these restrictions. If you check out our article on watching TV from back home it explains how to bypass local filters and access websites from all over the…

Teaching English in China

China is one of the major countries where English teachers are in demand. It attracts teachers from many English speaking countries and teaching English‏‎ there is big business.

The country’s English language teaching industry is estimated to be worth over 2 billion USD with more than 300 million Chinese studying English. It has only really emerged in the past 10 years or so and is still in the…