Finding any TESOL job in China, let alone a good one, was not easy for me. As I had mentioned in my first post, I am a Canadian of Chinese descent. I look Chinese and you wouldn’t believe how often I was told by Chinese people in China that my English is very good. In my job search, I stumbled upon a forum that discussed Chinese-looking people wanting to live and work in China. The main message was loud and clear: DON’T DO IT. People reported facing difficulty finding jobs and discrimination. Still, I was determined to go.
One of the finest features that Taiwan has to offer is its abundance of natural beauty. Taiwan’s older name, Formosa, means “Beautiful Island” in Portuguese. From Turtle Island in the north, to KenTing in the south, Taiwan is covered in richly dense, sub-tropical vegetation, which creates wondrous scenery just about everywhere you travel.
As the weeks slowly went by and I was starting to get more and more nervous about my visa, I finally received an answer from one of the schools I have applied. The name of the school was Sprachkunst im Luisenhof. It was located right in the middle of my city in a beautiful little square right next to an outdoor Greek restaurant.
Getting ready to teach English in Spain? October is when all English classes start in Spain. Everyone starts school in September, then the parents get settled in to the routines of getting their kids to school and to any type of extracurricular activities. Midway into September, their kids have a lot of English homework and need some professional help. This is when they realize that they need to put their children in an English academy in the evenings or call the academy from the previous year, so this is why all the academies get busy in October and not in September when the actual school year starts. Read more
Last spring, my son and I decided to take a road trip. Having spent most of my life in North America (Mexico and U.S.), we decided to travel on the southern hemisphere Spring equinox.
My experiences as a Canadian living and working in China are different from most: I am a Canadian of Chinese descent – I LOOK Chinese, but I behave like a Canadian. This duality was advantageous at times, but it has also been the source of immense grief and frustration. The perspective from which I write this blog series on teaching in China will be from a Chinese-Canadian perspective, but I will try to include perspectives from the typical (i.e. Caucasian) foreigner whenever possible.
When I first started my search for a TESOL job in Germany, I began to search online for different language schools in the area. I applied to school after school and received little feedback. Shortly after, my girlfriend got a job in another city called Bochum. So we had to move to there, which was good seeing that nothing had come up for me in Kassel.