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Do NOT Teach English in China and Why EVERYONE Should Read This

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    those parts about unqualified teachers with no language degree (just appearing white)
    those parts about deduction of pay or pay not up to promised
    those parts about asking a teacher to teach before the visa is approved

    don't they sound quite similar to what has always been ask in this forum ? seems that a hazardous career path...

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    All depends. I got a friend that runs a language school for kids in inner China. Only with foreign teachers. They do have a modest staff turnover, China isn't really for everyone, heard stories of people that leave in their first week (flights are paid by school), but some are there for a few years, at free will and not chained to their room.

    But I guess those horror stories are true, and may be more common than the good schools.


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    If you accept a job at a proper university (??) or technical institute (??) in the state sector, even in a small, 3rd tier city, you will be OK. Top brand language schools like Wall Street English are reliable.

    Look for a recruiting website run by expats for expats, and read the blogs regarding their reputation, e.g. on Dave's ESL Cafe


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    Class dismissed: Surge in arrests of foreign teachers in China
    Four law firms told Reuters that requests for representation involving foreign teachers had surged in the past six months by between four and tenfold
    EF staff had been picked up by police at their home and work as well as in bars and nightclubs and have been questioned and brought in for drug testing. The notice said the school had also received warnings from embassies about the rise in arrests.
    Three former teachers from two schools in Beijing and Shanghai who were detained for between 10 and 30 days before being deported this year say authorities drug-tested teachers multiple times within weeks of arrival and conducted extensive interrogations.
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    From what I understand most (but of course not all) teachers there are bottom of the barrel in thier Western home countries. They teach as their are few economic options for them, are sexpats, recreational drug users, and don't really respect China or its people (nor Asia in general) in any way except for how they can exploit thier stay there.


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    HKFP: Two Americans who run English-teaching firm detained in east China
    17 October 2019


    Two Americans who run an English-teaching business in China have been detained in the east of the country, according to their company, which said they were being held on “bogus” charges.

    Jacob Harlan, a father of five, and Alyssa Petersen were nabbed in Jiangsu province last month, their Idaho-based company China Horizons said on its Facebook page.

    Petersen, who is the associate director of China Horizons, was detained around September 27 and was not heard from for two weeks until the State Department located her, according to her gofundme.com page.

    “We received information that she is doing okay, She wakes up when told, she goes to sleep when told. She spends her day in a Jail Cell or walking in a circle counting steps,” the gofundme.com page says.

    “She cannot have any contact with anyone outside of a Consulate Officer who can visit once a month and a Lawyer.”

    China Horizons, which arranges for Americans to teach English at Chinese schools, said it would shut down at the end of October.

    “Unfortunately, because of increasing political and economic problems between the U.S. and China, we are no longer able to send teachers to china safely,” the company wrote on its Facebook page.

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    The US can't send missionaries to China, so they send English teachers.

    Someone with five kids kind of fits a missionary type profile... Maybe that's the crime?


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    Good point - yes, he seems to be Mormon

    https://www.facebook.com/jacob.harlan.3


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    Quote Originally Posted by Elefant&Castle
    Good point - yes, he seems to be Mormon

    https://www.facebook.com/jacob.harlan.3
    They do it here in HK as well, offer free English classes, and use it as an opportunity to distribute their homophobic & misogynistic rubbish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elegiaque
    The US can't send missionaries to China, so they send English teachers.

    Someone with five kids kind of fits a missionary type profile... Maybe that's the crime?
    Seems their crime is the US having arrested a Chinese official on visa fraud charges 3 days ago. Typical retaliatory arrests.

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