A Guest Post by Justin Tiessen
After 4 years of ESL teaching experience, I found that despite many of the perks that come with teaching English, there are also many downfalls. Here is a list I came up with of a few of the day-to-day frustrations.
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1) Kids and parents, the "customers", are always right. If little Johnny wants to eat potato chips in the classroom...little Johnny can.
2) Teachers are more like clowns than teachers. Who wants to be Santa???
3) School management doesn't know how to… manage. Have you ever been completely confused as to what they are doing?
4) Tutoring agencies are taking wayyyyy too much off the top.
5) Anyone who can speak English can be hired as a "teacher". Experience doesn't have a whole lot to do with it…
6) Commuting from job to job can be a real drag. Taxi anyone?
7) Schools HATE giving you a real working visa. "Permanent tourist” status means you get to go to Hong Kong again...and again. Who doesn't love Spring Airlines?
8) "Holiday" really means "work extra days later."
9) Lack of transparency and communication between teachers, schools, and students.
10) For many of the schools, it is profit before education!
11) If you are sick, you get to pay the school. Win-win for the school. Lose-lose for you!
12) Last buy not least: working on weekends sure ain't fun!
If you have taught or are teaching in China, you have probably discovered more than one of these to be true. Whether you are teaching at a private school or doing the tutoring hustle, you most likely have experienced the ins and outs and ups and downs.
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Check out www.soufudao.com to sign up as a tutor or a student, and say goodbye to some of these unnecessary frustrations!!!