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In response to frequent inquiries from prospective teachers who are going to teach in China or elsewhere about opportunities of receiving pre-teaching training, we sponsor a pre-teaching EFL certificate training course for foreign teachers of English who are to teach in China, Taiwan or any other country. The training course is held in Beijing or Shanghai (two major ports of entry into China) twice a year in late February and late August (roughly 10 days before the start of the spring semester and the fall semester). The course typically lasts for a week and is taught by experienced EFL teachers and trainers who have taught or are still teaching in China. The training course will be focused on the practical aspects of teaching. The following is the program schedule and agenda:
Check in. Those who are arriving at Beijing or Shanghai International Airport will be picked up and escorted to the guesthouse.
Training course starts.
Presentation: Teaching and Living in China: From a Chinese Perspective
This presentation will be given by two Chinese professors
of English. They will discuss the learning style of the Chinese students, the
general curricular description and requirements of major courses that foreign
teachers are asked to teach (conversational English, reading, literature,
linguistics, grammar, introduction to the societies and cultures of the
English-speaking countries, business English, science English, etc.) They will
also discuss what they consider successful EFL teachers in China.
In giving the presentations, one of the professors will
have the English-major students in mind, while the other professor will address
the teaching of non-English-major students. The curricula for these two types of
students and the expectations of the foreign teachers for them are quite
(For the rest of the week, presentations will be given by four foreign teachers/trainers who have either taught or are teaching in China.)
Presentation: Teaching and Living in China: From a Westerner's Perspective
Apart from discussing almost exactly everything that the
Chinese professors discussed the previous day but from an Westerner's
perspective, the presenter will share his/her experience teaching and living in
China and offer tips about how to establish relationships with students,
faculty, how to work with waiban (foreign affairs office, which is in charge of
your life), how to navigate the Chinese bureaucracy, how to make friends outside
the school, pitfalls to keep in mind, how to spend your spare time, how to be
part of the expat community, where to travel and what to see. Many of what
he/she has to say won't be found in any official guidebooks on China.
(Presentations for the remainder of the program are focused on specific areas of teaching. Each presenter will distribute a list of recommended books and teaching materials on the subject.)
Presentation: How to teach conversational English at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels
Presentation: How to teach reading and grammar at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels
Presentation: How to teach literature and introduction to the societies and cultures of the English speaking countries
Training course ends and an EFL certificate is awarded.
Free on your own.
Departure from Beijing/Shanghai and reporting to your own school.
The daily program runs for four hours from 8:00am to 12
noon. Afternoons and evenings are free. They are set aside so that you can visit
the numerous places of interest in Beijing/Shanghai. For those who wish to
practice teaching in the afternoon instead of sightseeing, we can make
arrangement for you to practice teaching at certain local schools provided that
they have a summer or winter session. You won't be paid for practice teaching.
Most places of interest in Beijing can be covered in half a
day, but the most spectacular site--the Great Wall--requires a full day. Day 7
is kept open just for that purpose. While visiting the Great Wall, you can also
visit the Ming Tombs, which are in the same direction. If the program is held in
Shanghai, you are free to leave on that day.
For those who have never studied Chinese before but wish to do so, we will offer an optional crash course focused on the phonetic system, basic language structure of the Chinese language, and some simple topics of conversation. The language course, which lasts for two hours daily, is offered in the evening from Day 2 to Day 6. The cost of the optional course is not included in the cost for the training program. The textbook to be used is Beginners Chinese by Yong Ho (Hippocrene, NY, 1997, 1999, 2001). You are suggested to purchase the book before you arrive in China. If the book is not available in your local bookstore, you can purchase it through www.amazon.com. If you have trouble purchasing the book there, please contact us. We have a minimum requirement. The language course won't be offered if there are not enough students interested in taking it.
The logistics of the training course is as follows:
Program cost: $350, which should be in the form of a check or money order made out to U.S.-China Educational Exchange. If you are from a country other than the U.S., please make sure that you convert your local currency to USD before you send it. The payment should be sent to:
U.S.-China Educational Exchange
15 Locust Street
Jersey City, NJ 07305
The program cost includes:
Accommodations at the guesthouse of the school
Breakfast (Day 2-Day 7) and lunch (Day 2-Day 6) at the school cafeteria (Dinner is on your own. It is not included for a practical reason. Since you will probably be sightseeing in the afternoon, you may not be able to come back to the school in time. The cafeteria is only open at prescribed dinner hours. Besides, you may also want to taste a varieties of cuisine in local restaurants.
If you don't need accommodations or if you leave a day earlier, your cost will be adjusted.
Optional 6-day Chinese language course: $50
We require a minimum of 12 participants to run the course. So if you are really interested, please register as soon as possible to ensure that the course is on. If you have registered, but the course is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, your payment will be refunded to you in its entirety.