Do I need to know Chinese to teach?
- No, but a general interest in the Chinese language is a
positive thing. The students you will be teaching have a
strong base of English language training but many of them
have not had a chance to put it into verbal practice with
a native English speaker. Though they may seem to have a
limited vocabulary at first, you will soon discover that
they are quite capable of carrying on a deep conversation.
Your main goal is to make them feel comfortable speaking
to you so that they can grow in their ability to use the
vocabulary and grammer skills verbally.
Are the teachers paid?
- While some of the universities offer a small stipend to
thank teachers for their service, TCR teachers are not paid
for the time they spend teaching in China. Their "payment"
is in the deep friendships they will develop and the rich
cultural exchange that they will experience while in China.
What do I do if I want to teach or be a student in one of
TCR's English programs?
- If you have an interest in being a part of our English
program, please contact
us and we will provide you with the
information you need.
How many students are in a class?
- Each location that we teach at is different, but we strive
to have a small class size of around twenty students per
class. In addition, we like to place a teacher and assistent
in each classroom so that the students will have more opportunities
to have individual assistance and conversation experience.
What do teachers have to pay for?
- Teachers are responsible to pay for their travel documents
and vaccinations and any "extras" that may be purchased during
the trip. They are also responsible for the cost of their
plane ticket both to and from China; however, most universities
will cover any travel expenses necessary once they arrive
When do the English programs take place?
- Currently, the TCR's English programs only run in the summer
- usually during the month of July.
Will there be any tests given during this program?
- The goal of this program is to build the
confidence of the students as they speak English to each
other and their foreign teachers. Testing is not a major
focus of the program. Students may be given informal
and formal opportunities to "test" their progress but the
main objective is for students to look back at the end of
the program and recognize how much they have improved.