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Q: How do people conduct one on one tutoring & how do non-natives fare in the teaching industry?

 

I am a non-native English speaker from Africa with a solid English background. I lived in US for a while, almost five years then moved back to my native country. There, I was still affiliated with native speakers in the course of my education which I acquired in an international school. I’ve had teaching experience in UN millennium education projects and  in a learning institute that prepares students for education abroad. There, I trained students in TOEFL and SAT prep and worked in editing department for common application essay writing. In between I’ve travelled widely to English speaking countries and I’ve even been my country's representative in an international business competition.

When I came to China, I learned about the English teaching industry. I was interested in an opportunity to teach for basic reasons; it’s something I love especially if you add children to the mix and for income.

Despite my teaching experience and good command of the language, the fact that I am not Caucasian has been a stumbling block. On many cases the doubts that I don’t speak good English are wiped right off when I get a personal interview. These go very well except I get a call right after with a sorry excuse that I am not native. Seriously China??

For three weeks now, I’ve volunteered with a few educational institutes. Surprisingly, I experienced no problems such as complaints on my grammar or race. I have no TESL certificate but shouldn’t the trainings I’ve had count for something? I even use my TOEFL exam results sometimes, which I think are good. I got 112/120.

Based on my observations, there some students and families who would like private tutoring classes and actually care about getting the work done than one’s race. Since I am considering that course I have a few questions.

1. Is this widely practiced here, and which problems am I likely to face?

2. How can one advertise their services to the targeted mass market?

3. Are there any  competent non-native teachers who have formed an organization I could join or somewhere I could get help to bypass the usual problems I mentioned when I apply for a job?

 

10 years 13 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - Guangzhou

 
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Good luck, man, but be warned that if you're setting yourself up as a  full-time private tutor then you're in, at the very least, a murky legal situation visa-wise.

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Chinese law states that the only job a foreigner can do is one that CANNOT be done by a Chinese person. To legally work and earn a living in this country, one must enter on the correct visa (Z) and have a certificate saying they are a foreign expert (FEC). This certificate will only be issued with the support (i.e. intention to employ you) of a company that has the ability and connections to get one; you'll also need a work permit and residence visa, once you've got the FEC and entered on the Z-visa. If not all of this is done, you are not working legally. If you're going it alone, you'll have no way to get any of this done; I guess you'd have to come in on a tourist or student visa and this would NOT entitle you to work. Now, I know that there are people who do so, no doubt there are many who've done so for a long time. But, if you're here working illegally, you'll have NO legal recourse if things go tits up.

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come to shanghai and be sour u will get job as teacher of english

janethmosha:

really?Why?

I am free for this summer..Are summer jobs still available in the market?And is it possible to sign just a temporary contract?

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A: Teaching English in China Requirements for 2022 (chinabyteaching.com)&
A:Teaching English in China Requirements for 2022 (chinabyteaching.com) This link will answer your visa questions. There is NOT a requirement for two years experience to be a teacher in China.  If you come with your husband under a different visa, make sure you have all the required documentation to get a Z visa when you find a job in China. It will make your life much easier.  To work in China, you MUST have a Z visa and only a Z visa.  -- nashboroguy