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Author Topic: Experiences Teaching at a University?  (Read 1339 times)

Ivyman

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Experiences Teaching at a University?
« on: August 17, 2019, 02:27:35 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I am just curious what it is like teaching at a university?

I see advertisements.  On one hand, the pay per month seems low, at most 15,000 RMB per month.

But, what are the other benefits:

a.  Few teaching hours?
b.  No lesson prep or grading?
c.  Prestige?
d.  Ability to make money with tutoring or red envelopes?
e.  Ability to take side jobs during the nights and weekends?

2.  Any tips on the university job?  My guess is just contact the university and apply directly, rather than use agents?  Or, like public high schools, is it the law they must work with crooked management companies?

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Re: Experiences Teaching at a University?
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2019, 03:31:49 AM »
I never had a uni gig in China.  I did see reports - Hours can vary wildly from place to place.  Some schools give you a curriculum, thus minimizing prep time.  Others expect you to create your own lessons.  Policies on how to grade and what sort of exams are give also are all over the map.

Basically, what you want to do is check the contract carefully and also try to talk to FTs who either are or were teaching at the same school.
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Re: Experiences Teaching at a University?
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2019, 10:04:10 AM »
I loved it and love the students but that's because I am a lazy sod and I hate little kids.
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Re: Experiences Teaching at a University?
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2019, 09:24:25 AM »
A university job isn't a real teaching position. It's a placeholder for private teaching. It provides you with a place to stay, a residence permit, and a small number of hours per week to go into a room and mind 30 to 50 partially-adult "children". They are in on the ruse too so don't horrify them with too many demands, like adequate assignments or any particular academic performance. They'll probably appreciate some attempt to mimic the supposed syllabus, but don't push it too far. Meanwhile, start collecting private teaching gigs. You're looking eventually for something like 3 to 5 times your stated salary in private hours so one needn't be too scandalised by how little the job supposedly formally offers. And one should not assume that only foreign staff do this. Literally everyone on staff will be using their cushy university gig in the same way unless they have it as a placeholder for something else. It's fun. You get to play with not-dumb kids, but the truth of your position is revealed by how wholly divorced every aspect of your job is from any kind of maintained academic standard. You won't even know what learning objectives your school has for your kids. (Because, pssst, it has none.)

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Re: Experiences Teaching at a University?
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2019, 11:30:04 AM »
What he said.
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Re: Experiences Teaching at a University?
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2019, 04:29:12 AM »
I third that.