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Posted by lhobbs at September 27, 2005 04:14 AM
[. . . ] The majority of schools in China today require experienced teachers with ESL training and a proven teaching background. And more and more provinces will not allow individual schools and English teaching organizations to convert a tourist visa into a Z visa. It is in fact illegal to do so, as the Z visas are “bought” instead of applied for properly. The schools that do operate that way are the very ones you warn about as potentially preying on unsuspecting foreigners.
[ads that imply] you can go to China and enjoy yourself while not being held accountable due to “lax teaching requirements” is patronizing towards the Chinese educational system and disrespectful of our Chinese students who await the arrival of conscientious and well trained Englisy teachers who wish to serve there in a responsible way.
Posted by: Ruthie Gammons at September 27, 2005 02:45 PM
Keep sending the newsletters, Michelle. Appreciate the updates - as they're informative...make me nostalgic, as part of me longs and is still overseas.
Posted by: Ian at September 27, 2005 10:59 PM
I sent an email earlier, but I have just logged on to the blog site for the first time and I thought I would back it up with one here.
My newsletters are coming through with all the HTML encoding showing. Could you please change my format to text only. Thanks in anticipation. I'll now have a gander at your site.
Posted by: Duncan Cole at September 28, 2005 12:20 AM
This was an excellent news letter. My printer has been running hot and I will use lots of the ideas here. Now that I have been teaching for a few weeks of this year I am getting a feel for what works etc, and I intend to use lots of these ideas. Thanks.
Posted by: Christine Dalgliesh at September 28, 2005 12:20 AM
I don't think teaching is a very complicated thing. Teaching makes me young. I just love what I'm doing. It's so challenging and everyday is a new day for me. My students are my life-blood and without them my life would end, too. Believe me for I have been in this profession for almost 28 years.
Posted by: Maria Angelina at September 28, 2005 09:37 AM
I have been teaching in Beijing, China for over four years. It is my experience that only a few schools offer 'Z" visas. I only know of three private school in Beijing allowed to give "Z" visas. True, universities and colleges can give the visa.
Posted by: Nile at October 1, 2005 01:23 PM
Hey, great blog. I just happened to stumble on to it while looking around the
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Posted by: jon at October 11, 2005 01:39 AM
Note from Lee:
Thanks Jon. We do what we can! Your site has many items of interest as well. Please feel free to add our RSS feed to your "ESL Member Blogs."
That address is:
Posted by: Lee at November 13, 2005 09:59 PM
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