lambertla wrote:People in Jingdezhen told you who I was, but I don’t who you are.
Where are you from? How old are you? Can you tell us about your background? Any degree? Which field?
Sorry, but except your holidays in France, I haven’t found anything in your post as a base for professional discussion.
What do I think about Jingdezhen?
Teachers there were not treated with respect by the school management. Any objection made, about the workload for instance, was considered as an attack against the authority.
Here, I am not speaking about the 2 ladies working at the foreign Bureau. Lilly, Vivian tell your leader: ‘you always reap what you sow’. This one works also in China.
I don’t have time to write a complete answer! I am going to put down some remarks about your post.
I have travelled to France and found this to be true. Some of the French people were awesome and some were rude or distant.
You had holidays in France, and now you came up with a new theory of learner classification
The government decides if you teach on a Sunday before a holiday. China has long holidays so why complain? It is simply a way to make up your classes so the students have their classes they will miss over a long holiday..
When it rains you can get wet.
We live better than the students. There is culture shock.
You were not here long enough to get over the culture shock or overcome some of the common culture miscommunications and misunderstandings which happen.
What you think is: ‘I couldn’t get over the culture shock.’ That’s good to know! But who are you? How long have you been living in China? You arrived last September? Apparently you became very quickly a specialist of the culture shock theory!
It is your attitude which determines your overseas experience.
I have lived, worked, traveled in more than 20 different countries. Every time I try to apply this principle: Act locally but think globally. Doing things with a local view point help to lessen the culture differences. What about you! We already know about your holidays in France. Anything more?
I teach eight classes a week with the classes being one hour and forty minutes.
At the Jingdezhen University, I was teaching 16 hours / week for 5000 RMB/ month. Please read again my post concerning the workload. I know that Jingdezhen is now paying their Teachers 7000 RMB/ month. 2000 more!!! A big difference. You teach 8 classes a week. What do you do with your spare time? You know, you can go fishing. There is a spot not far from the campus. Ask your students!!!!
Your lessons are prepared for you in almost every class!
Are you really working at the Comprehensive College?
Nothing was prepared for us when I was there. Nothing. They just gave us a textbook (the Headway Student edition), some pencils and one recommendation: ’make your lessons interesting’, that’s all.
Me, I had to spend 2 hours of preparation for each 45 minutes teaching in front of the Students.
If you really teach at the Jingdezhen College then ask my students about my lessons!
The University appears to want popular teachers here. I have not had the same experiences as you.
I was a popular teacher because I was working hard, giving the best lessons possible to my students and also because I was fair and honest with everyone.
You are saying that you are popular. Popular at the foreign office of the University? I am happy for you. But are you honest? Completely honest? I mean writing this post!
The foreign affairs office at this University has been very kind, prompt to my questions, patient with my fears during the first week
So this is your first job. How do you feel now after 1 month teaching?
You did not inform the school you were leaving. You packed your bags and took off! You will be banned at any University in China if you do this! You signed a contract. You must pay a fee to leave. Not only us, but the University invests a lot of money into signing you on as a teacher.
Here, I have the impression that you are writing under dictation.
I had explained to the school leader that I would leave the school if my workload wasn’t the same as the other teachers. They didn’t believe me.
Yes, I didn’t say when I was leaving? Why?
I knew that the school leader would send in the police to get his penalty money. Have you heard of the Chinese jails?
In China, there are last minute changes but this is a cultural difference in itself. It sounds like you took it personally. You did not stay long enough to know it is not personal!
Who is writing here? The Jiangxi Foreign Bureau or a teacher?
I stayed long enough to realize that this school wasn’t fair to an honest and serious teacher.
This was your choice so live with it without complaint in my humble opinion.
Your post is a list of cliché. Now, I am realizing that I wasted 2 hours of my time answering your post.
During my first post I tried to explain the teacher job at the Jingdezhen University.
Here your answer is: I have new friends they are wonderful and I will do everything to defend them. And also to defend the foreign office, the expert bureau, the Chinese government. I am surprised you forget to mention Mao Tse-tung.
This is nonsense.
I live very well since I left Jingdezhen. The mistake was to go teaching there.
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