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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?

 

8 years 19 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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come to shanghai and be sour u will get job as teacher of english

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