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Q: A non-native English speaker cannot teach History in a Chinese International School?

I am a professional teacher with a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in History, I have more than 3 years of experience and to be honest, I am a dam good teacher; however I have a little disadvantage… I am a Mexican.
I had tried again and again but all the “international” schools reject me, even the training schools or the foreign language schools.
I just have one simple question: Is really impossible for me to be a history teacher in China?
I should be contented with a glamorous career in the Chinese kindergartens?

9 years 13 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - Beijing

 
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you have to ask yourslef one question.  are you a MexiCan or a MexiCan't?

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9 years 12 weeks ago
 
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If you can speak Mandarin, then you got a great chance to be a history teacher in any school in China.

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Not in the bigger cites try 2nd or 3rd you might have more luck.The other thing is i never see many History jobs advertised, so they might good to native speakers first.

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You might want to try the true international schools (the ones that legally don't allow Chinese nationals).  The American school that my boys goes to have credentialed teachers from all ethnic backgrounds.

It may take some time and persistence to find what you want, but if you keep networking and keep positive, you will get what you are looking for eventually.

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please still try.Diamond cut Diamond

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you need at least  masters in history . with a BA you can "settle" for teaching english in public unis. but you should not have an accent

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You do not need a masters degree in History, you just need to be a native speaker. There are jobs teaching History avaiIable. I was offered a job teaching Canadian History three months ago in a large public school near Shanghai. Strange, because I am Australian.

Even more bizarre was that they claimed they had refused a French Canadian guy with a degree in History. I would have thought the fact he was Canadian would be sufficient. Certainly preferable to an Australian that knows nothing about it. I declined the offer.

It could also depend on what type of History we are talking about. Is it a degree in Mexican History, or something similar that would make it more difficult?

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you have to ask yourslef one question.  are you a MexiCan or a MexiCan't?

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I am afraid getting the position is really going to be difficult. I am also trying to find a History teaching position, and I am a PhD in World History with great experience - but no, it just doesn't seem to interest anyone, as long as you are not a native English speaker.

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Crazy Chinese so other foreign universities employing non native professors are crazy, right?

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This is the sad reality of China - unless you are AP certified. If you are AP-Certified history teacher, finding work with good wages is not a problem. Good luck.

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I agree with some of you. Even if you dont have degree or a Master degree in History but as long as you are Caucasian, you get the job teaching in History.

 

I am Asian American with US Certified License in Single subject in Social Science. The International School would not let teach US history.

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Nothing surprises me anymore in China.

 

I have seen jobs ads going like: "German teacher needed, native speaker from USA, Canada, UK, Australia and NZ only".

 

Tells you much about the knowledge locals have of the outside world

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Native Speaker is term created by the Chinese to mean Caucasians.

 

Although I am from the US, I am a non native speaker (White). I taught US History, US Constitution & Government, World History, Geography, Western Civilization & Asian History, Math in the US & in the International High Schools in China.

 

Although most Chinese schools prefer Caucasians to teach History so as to make the history course look legitimate,  I do get offers to teach History at International High Schools in China.

 

Besides being Jesuit Educated, I am also US Certified License teacher in Social Sciences, Accounting & Business & other subject teaching from the California State & Washington State. T teach bote AP Level & A Level.

 

I do not let the school discriminate me. I showed them I am better. If the Principal is a Foreign or Foreign educated Chinese, I get the teaching job. If the Principal is a local educated Chinese, he prefers a native speakers.

 

So be confident .   

 

 

 

 

 

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Native Speaker is term created by the Chinese to mean Caucasians.

 

Although I am from the US, I am a non native speaker (White). I taught US History, US Constitution & Government, World History, Geography, Western Civilization & Asian History, Math in the US & in the International High Schools in China.

 

Although most Chinese schools prefer Caucasians to teach History so as to make the history course look legitimate,  I do get offers to teach History at International High Schools in China.

 

Besides being Jesuit Educated, I am also US Certified License teacher in Social Sciences, Accounting & Business & other subject teaching from the California State & Washington State. T teach bote AP Level & A Level.

 

I do not let the school discriminate me. I showed them I am better. If the Principal is a Foreign or Foreign educated Chinese, I get the teaching job. If the Principal is a local educated Chinese, he prefers a native speakers.

 

So be confident .   

 

 

 

 

 

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