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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: PayPal.Com.Cn Works for Money Transfer; 96% Parity?
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on January 13, 2022, 04:22:53 PM »
A long long time ago, I can still remember how the music used to... oh wait, let me start over.

A long long time ago, I looked into PayPal for China.  At that time, there were 2 versions.  The Chinese version was for RMB transfers and the internationalized version allowed dollars to be sent in and out of China, with an option to upload or download the cash to a Chinese bank account.

I recommend digging through the FAQs at PayPal.com and PayPal.com.cn to see if that's still how it works.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / PayPal.Com.Cn Works for Money Transfer; 96% Parity?
« Last post by Ivyman on January 12, 2022, 05:49:19 PM »
Hi Everyone,

A few times, I have used PayPal.com.cn.  It seems to be a new version of PayPal.com

Yes, transactions don't always clear.  Yet, I have been able to send money to family and friends out of China, with links to my Chinese Bank account in RMB.

I hope it continues as a way to instantly send money abroad, with no needed tax receipts, and being able to pay in RMB, etc.

Any opinions?
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Introductions
« Last post by Nolefan on January 11, 2022, 12:42:18 AM »
Welcome y'all

Choose you stool/chair carefully for there's a lunatic in the house  agagagagag

Welcome to our 2 newest victims Members agagagagag

Say "hello" to
RamiroJuh
and
CharlesBoomo

Please pull up a stool, and tell us a little about yourselves.  We promise not to tell anyone else kkkkkkkkkk
Bartender.  Civet juice all around.  My tab.
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Introductions
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on January 10, 2022, 06:31:33 PM »
Hello Ramiro and Charles!

Are you already in China or are you still having fun with the pre-departure paperwork?
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Introductions
« Last post by AMonk on January 10, 2022, 12:46:26 AM »
Welcome to our 2 newest victims Members agagagagag

Say "hello" to
RamiroJuh
and
CharlesBoomo

Please pull up a stool, and tell us a little about yourselves.  We promise not to tell anyone else kkkkkkkkkk
Bartender.  Civet juice all around.  My tab.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: Dream University Job? What Are the Details?
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on December 25, 2021, 12:45:59 AM »
Bachelor degree - any specialty
TEFL certification (for eg CELTA)
Criminal background check from your country
2 years teaching experience

These are I believe the current 2022 requirements for any English teaching position in China.


There may be job ads that distinguish between language teacher and literature teacher. But applying for a language teacher job and asking if you can teach literature instead might be easier. Schools will have Languages departments that do distinguish between language and literature, but often it's the foreign affairs office that posts the job ads, and they just ask for what they usually ask for. If you do find a school that you seem to like, and they do agree to have you teach literature, make sure you speak with whoever is the contact in the Languages department. Just to make sure.

Good luck.


Oh and 16 periods per week has been the norm for tertiary teaching for a long time. Some places may ask for up to 20, but they're pushing their luck. As for salary... who knows these days. 5k is ridiculous, 7k is probably a steal for them. Maybe shoot for 10-12k per month. But I honestly don't know any more.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: Dream University Job? What Are the Details?
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on December 24, 2021, 04:36:08 PM »
I haven't been teaching for a very long time, so I'm not sure what items are currently:
Absolutely required
Kind of required, but exceptions can be made
Nice to have
WOW, you'll get 10 schools in a bidding war for you if you've got that!

If you can find up to date lists of available university teaching positions, looking over what they require vs what they say are big pluses should help give at least some idea of what's important vs what just makes a candidate more desirable.  Even then, it's worth contacting the schools if your qualifications are close - Required in an advertisement may mean there's no way to hire a candidate who doesn't have it it, or we'll have to do some paperwork to get an exemption, or we were sort of hoping for it but can live without it.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: Dream University Job? What Are the Details?
« Last post by Ivyman on December 24, 2021, 02:52:19 AM »
I appreciate what you guys are saying.

1.  As for degree that works to teach university, would a bachelor's in English do?

At UNISA (in South Africa), I could study 100% online for 1500 USD a year.

Other schools, in the US, have said that after about one year of online study, and about 10,000 USD in fees, they will give me a bachelor's in English, or a liberal arts degree?

2.  I do have a CELTA.  Even though I am not a natural at ESL the way the CELTA does, it usually is enough for university level teaching jobs in Saudi, etc.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: Dream University Job? What Are the Details?
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on December 20, 2021, 09:23:02 PM »
Pro tip: US or British high school textbooks. Anything that reflects a (Uk or US) national curriculum. You may be teaching in university, but the students by and large haven't encountered that type of learning before.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: Dream University Job? What Are the Details?
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on December 20, 2021, 09:13:03 PM »
2.  Ideally, I would also be teaching English literature like in a Western country.

a.  All students read about a book a week, before class, maybe of well-known novels like "Tom Sawyer" or British literature.

b.  We would have discussions about this during the week.  This develops listening, and speaking skills.

c.  At the end of each week, a short essay paper would be due.  This develops planning and writing skills.

You're wildly overestimating the basic ability of the average Chinese tertiary student.

Chinese college students do not typically expect to have opinions of their own. Even where they do have opinions of their own, their style of expression will tend to not to reflect critical appraisal of any type you're familiar with.

That, more than anything, is why Chinese use so little English. English language contexts typically do not support Chinese style expression, and Chinese students of English typically are unable to manage styles of expression more familiar on western campuses.

And to be reading a book a week... it literally will not happen.



What you can do though is try and identify why "English literature" is a course at all. Why study it? (Appreciation of beauty, development of the soul, some good laughs at history, who knows?) If you can express the purpose, and point to how that purpose exists in each new lesson, then you have a chance of teaching something. You'll know you have taught something when the students begin identifying the purpose of each new lesson before you do.

And be aware that Chinese students will expect "English Literature" to be a review class. They want you to tell them the highlights, and they will memorise them for tests. If you want them to learn how to appraise literature... it can happen... but you have to tell them in advance and provide for lots and lots of baby steps (that they will resist).

It can be done.


As for getting a position... in the old days I would have said just hire on at some school and tell them you'll do English literature. These days.... I don't know anymore.
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