Views: 64391|Replies: 126

Are foreign teachers in China qualified?   [Copy link] 中文

Rank: 8Rank: 8

Post time 2017-11-24 14:43:53 |Display all floors

(People's Daily Online) A recent survey found most foreign teachers working at English training institutions in China do not have the required qualification certificates, the Beijing News reported on Nov. 22.

The market size of China’s English training industry was 104.2 billion yuan in 2015 and is projected to exceed 220 billion yuan by 2020, according to a report published by the Beijing-based market consultancy Bosi Data Research Center.

Most parents want to send their children to English-training institutions with foreign teachers, claiming that foreign teachers from English-speaking countries have purer accents than those from home and other countries.

The huge market and prevailing attitude of the parents boost the demand for foreign teachers at the training institutions, despite the fact that most of them do not possess the necessary qualifications.

Most institutions refuse to show their foreign teachers’ qualification certificates, because they probably do not have them. Some even advertise their foreign teachers as educational experts to attract students, an insider noted.

China’s State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs said that foreigners who work at English training institutes in China must have a work permit and must be from English-speaking countries.

Apart from this, foreign teachers must have a bachelor’s degree or above with at least two years of teaching experience, unless they have teacher qualifications or other international certificates, such as TEFL and TESOL, according to the administration.

“Neither teaching quality nor students’ personal security can be guaranteed if foreign teachers don’t have the proper qualifications,” the insider noted.

Some foreign teachers only have a study or tourist visa rather than a work visa, which is likely to cause high staff turnover at the training institution. This makes it harder for students to learn much from the courses.

Moreover, there are potential safety issues. For example, Neil Robinson, who was wanted by police in the UK for sexual offenses and possession of indecent images of children worked as a foreign teacher at a Beijing-based training institution for several years.

According to the insider, although the English training market in China is gradually becoming standardized, the supervision of training institutions should still be tightened regarding foreign teachers’ qualifications.

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 4

Post time 2017-11-24 15:24:34 |Display all floors
I am sure many private schools do not have qualified English teachers. It is erroneous to think that accent is important. Unlike Chinese, where the tone and accent is important, it is not so in English. What is important in English is the sentence structure and grammar.

People from different regions speak English with different accents but can still understand each other if the sentence structure and grammar are correct whereas in the case of Chinese, a different accent can lead to misunderstanding. People should not follow the crowd blindly but assess the situation and find out what is important. Right now, parents are blindly following a bias which makes them look stupid, paying a lot of money for nothing.

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 8Rank: 8

2016 Most Valuable Member Medal Gold Medal

Post time 2017-11-24 19:38:45 |Display all floors
A People's Daily article... no doubt recycled for the umpteenth time in 20 years. When will they ever write something new, honest, up-to-date and accurate?

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 4

Post time 2017-11-24 19:56:13 |Display all floors
she is used to teach her oral language to her students. but it may help these children's spoken English. to those English examination, her lesson may not be suitable. n
life is colorful with you.

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 8Rank: 8

2016 Most Valuable Member Medal Gold Medal

Post time 2017-11-25 07:35:12 |Display all floors
tonysong2000 Post time: 2017-11-24 19:56
she is used to teach her oral language to her students. but it may help these children's spoken Engl ...

So are Chinese English examinations "useful"????

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 6Rank: 6

Post time 2017-11-25 08:36:03 |Display all floors
About as useful as the paper they're written on.
Stupid people are like Glowsticks. You want to snap them in half and shake the crap out of them until they see the light.
I love sarcasm. It's like punching someone in the head ... only with words

Use magic tools Report

Rank: 6Rank: 6

Post time 2017-11-25 09:10:30 |Display all floors
English language teaching and schools are just a waste of money, time and effort in China due to half-baked instruction by unqualified teachers paid by disreputable schools run by unscrupulous entrepreneurs. Only people who want to enter diplomatic fields, foreign trade or international business must be required to attain proficiency and literary in foreign languages which should include European languages other than English. These foreign languages must be taught by qualified teachers in a certified school as part of their academic curriculum in a school or university setting.

Use magic tools Report

You can't reply post until you log in Log in | register

BACK TO THE TOP
Contact us:Tel: (86)010-84883548, Email: blog@chinadaily.com.cn
Blog announcement:| We reserve the right, and you authorize us, to use content, including words, photos and videos, which you provide to our blog
platform, for non-profit purposes on China Daily media, comprising newspaper, website, iPad and other social media accounts.