We sped away toward my new school, where I would learn so much more about the cultural nuances of my students than how bluntly honest they can be.
They’ve been raised to believe China is the best, and speaking anything less could get one in trouble.
Teaching university in China is particularly interesting, however, because students are at an age where they’re beginning to question some of their own beliefs.
Whether it’s a group project where students have to create a product and think up a complete marketing campaign (all in English, of course) before trying to sell it to their classmates, or simply asking questions that drive them to think beyond the opinions their parents have instilled, this creative urging isn’t a process they’re accustomed to, and the results pay off quickly.
In just a few short months, I was able to see shy students start speaking more in class, and others who started with reserved opinions began opening up.
From a deeper sense of introspection to a stronger understanding of the world at large, teaching abroad is an opportunity that cannot be passed up.
With that in mind, it's time for YOU to start thinking more seriously about the avenue you want to take to move to China and teach ESL.It’s more like a seed that each of us are born with, and without proper care and nutrition, it can die before it ever fully blooms.As ESL teachers, we have the rare opportunity to introduce creative thinking in our classroom.She stood holding my picture (taken in Bangkok just months before), dressed in a skirt that barely covered her behind, with three-inch heels. As an ESL teacher, it’s important to understand why students expect to take notes, need study handouts, and constantly ask about upcoming tests.She looked sweet and innocent, yet flirtatious and shy all at the same time. However, it’s important to encourage them to think outside the box, and to make lesson plans as entertaining and interactive as possible.Typical Chinese classes are largely lecture based, and students aren't encouraged to discuss or ask questions.