I left health care in 2017, as a result of having gotten a teaching certificate in 1970, I have gotten certified as a teacher. Its been a steep learning curve.
- How to qualify
- Chinese culture
- Tech support/.Zoom App
- Student assessment
- Lesson plans on line
- Lessons learned/surprises
1. How to qualify
- Supply is limited and demand is endless so there will always be a job
- Supreme court decision on class size in BC made teachers a scarce commodity
- Degree or TESOL certification or teachers certificate
- Certification – not always necessary
- Courses for certification are expensive but under a year in length
- In person
- On line
- Personal qualities
- Like to chat
- Intellectual stimulation
- Social good
- Fun factor
- Job satisfaction
- Pay – $ 25-$ 30 -$ 45
- Can work 5+ hours a week
- The company I have worked for does all logistics.. Finding students, collecting fees, booking class times etc.
- different day and hour of the day in China
- Vancouver is not a good time zone as students time slots are usually 5 am-8 am. Eastern Canada /US better
- Work at least a year to make it worth while for both student and teacher and company.
- I usually teach in the evening 5-10 pm including weekend. Max 10 hours a week.. 3 students 3 x a week for an hour each session during the summer break in China.
6. Chinese Culture
- Parents are very hands on
- Some do not speak English
- There is intense competition in China for university spot
- Poor English teaching in schools in China
- Many preparing for entry to high school in Vancouver
- Tech support not available in homes
7. Tech Platform.. don’t be afraid.
10. What did I learn?
- I can do it without a lot of experience
- The students are fun ..mostly
- It takes more time than you expect
- Students learn no matter what you teach
- Parental and student concerns re mentions of modest references to sex in reading material
- Learning difficulties common among students
- Students have limited knowledge of western culture and history.
- I was asked to do a video for promotion for the company I work for.
- Chinese people revere older people and teachers – put them on a pedestal
- Wide range of competencies among students
- Some students don’t have printers or know how to use computers
- Refreshing change from health care culture
- The limited wifi (Telus) on a rural island is beyond frustrating to say nothing of power outages.