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by RobJames
09 Dec 2011, 22:53
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: I need innovation
Replies: 5
Views: 4892

Re: I need innovation

I have not seen inside Top Notch books, but it is suppose to be based on real life language. The books are from authors who have been teaching in the US/Chile/China. Although teaching is pretty much the same around the world, you may benefit from relating it your students specifically. For example, ...
by RobJames
08 Dec 2011, 23:34
Forum: TEFL Help
Topic: Teaching in France
Replies: 1
Views: 7269

Teaching in France

Hi Lucy ! I hope you are well these days. REF: France I have already tried to search about this, but wondered if you can help me with these questions. 1) What French employers look for from an English teacher - what qualifications and experience do they want ? What qualifications can help get a job ...
by RobJames
08 Dec 2011, 22:56
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: I need innovation
Replies: 5
Views: 4892

Re: I need innovation

"I want to know about the most recent teaching methods applied world wide." I don't think you'll find any one style, every country has a different style/culture/belief/influence. It really depends which country you're in, what type of school, what age level, what subject you specifically teach. You ...
by RobJames
02 May 2011, 01:00
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Please give me advice! Problem with other teacher.
Replies: 3
Views: 4109

Please give me advice! Problem with other teacher.

I have a problem with another teacher copying my work and I wondered what the general opinion of this is. Teacher A spends his/her own time preparing the work for class, spends time researching and setting up a lesson. Teacher B does not prepare for class and goes into the other classes copies their...
by RobJames
31 Dec 2010, 12:28
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Strange request in China....
Replies: 1
Views: 3074

Strange request in China....

Request to do something outside of my job contract. I am teaching in a private college which is linked to a main government university on the same campus. Recently I was called by the office of the university (this is not even the same department I work in) to help with a student. They said the stud...
by RobJames
17 Sep 2010, 22:13
Forum: TEFL Help
Topic: Word Order
Replies: 2
Views: 6692

Word Order

Hi Lucy,

I hope you are well =)

As a native English speaker I don't know the rules of word order in English. I can't find this in my grammar book either, so can you suggest a good website? Just to help me teach subject+verb+object+ in detail etc.

Thanks Lucy!

Rob
by RobJames
17 Sep 2010, 22:05
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help! Teaching large classes in China
Replies: 2
Views: 3718

Re: Help! Teaching large classes in China

1) Lesson plans are not so common in China. 2) Don't worry about learning the names, it's just not practical, and yeah photocopying 700 sheets a week - once the photocopying machine jams and breaks down - will take up a whole afternoon (in my experience anyway!!!) 3) Pronunciation - I am sure they c...
by RobJames
22 Jul 2010, 13:16
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Golden Doorway/VIPChina
Replies: 2
Views: 4529

Re: Golden Doorway/VIPChina

Never heard of them when I was there.

But if you google VIP China scam there are several complaints.
by RobJames
19 Jul 2010, 15:28
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: China: non-white teacher can't find a job
Replies: 5
Views: 5787

Re: China: non-white teacher can't find a job

Great, thanks for both replies.
by RobJames
13 Jul 2010, 16:39
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: China: non-white teacher can't find a job
Replies: 5
Views: 5787

China: non-white teacher can't find a job

Hi there! In China: My colleague is having trouble finding another job. He is American, can speak basic Chinese, and has been teaching for 18 months. So no problem, right? WRONG: there is a problem, he is about 40 and his parents are Phillippino, so he's not white. I think he s a fantastic teacher, ...
by RobJames
13 Jul 2010, 16:22
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Advice or Recommendations on Health Insurance Plans?
Replies: 3
Views: 5822

Re: Advice or Recommendations on Health Insurance Plans?

Personally I would nt go near most of the hospitals in China. And do you think there's a decent hospital within 500 miles of Xinjiang ? I do nt think so. So, I d fly far away to get better treatment if it was possible. Look at the map, there's no developed modern city for hundreds of miles. I would ...
by RobJames
13 Jul 2010, 15:57
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Teaching In Shanghai Married Couple Needs Advice
Replies: 1
Views: 2963

Re: Teaching In Shanghai Married Couple Needs Advice

1) There are many jobs online, ESL seems to be a popular one. There are a few fake schools online so be sure to get further information (fixed telephone number, contacts of current teachers working there, photos of accommodation). Some schools prefer couples I am not sure on the issue of couples, yo...
by RobJames
20 Jun 2010, 13:04
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Advice required - bad experience in first year teaching!
Replies: 4
Views: 7639

Re: Advice required - bad experience in first year teaching!

Sorry to hear that. References aren't everything, I am sure you can get good recommendations from other former employers/teachers etc. You may also get references from other people in the school. Anyway, sounds like this person has some kind of psychological issue (s). In future interviews just stat...
by RobJames
18 May 2010, 07:34
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Salary negotiation
Replies: 1
Views: 2930

Salary negotiation

Does anyone have experience of salary negotiation in Asia? I have an idea of how to do it back home but it seems so different in Asia. I am afraid of offending my employer. If you have any tips I'd be grateful.
by RobJames
16 May 2010, 02:58
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Questions about teaching in Taiwan
Replies: 1
Views: 3042

Re: Taiwan

Taiwan is not standard Mandarin Chinese. I believe it is closer to Cantonese Chinese.
by RobJames
15 May 2010, 03:13
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: HELP NEEDED-Anxious new teacher
Replies: 3
Views: 3856

You should also try and contact someone who is already working at this college (normally there 'll be a few foreign teachers). Or you ll be able to find someone teaching in Vietnam by searching on google and finding chat sites. Anyway you can ask them what to expect there: e.g. the teaching / living...
by RobJames
15 May 2010, 02:55
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Oral English Role Plays
Replies: 2
Views: 3070

Re: Oral English Role Plays

Just what I was looking for, thanks.
by RobJames
13 May 2010, 08:58
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: HELP NEEDED-Anxious new teacher
Replies: 3
Views: 3856

Re: HELP NEEDED-Anxious new teacher

Hi Tom, Everyone else is always worried at the start. I am a first year teacher in China and I think everyone has these feelings at the start, but they go away once you become accustomed to your new job and lifestyle. The experience you'll have- I'm sure- will be a fantastic one. Remember that you a...
by RobJames
11 May 2010, 07:47
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Oral English Role Plays
Replies: 2
Views: 3070

Oral English Role Plays

Hello,

I teach Oral English to Chinese students in the 1st year of university. Does anyone know some good role plays to use to get students talking in class? Thanks for your help.
by RobJames
14 Apr 2010, 14:45
Forum: TEFL Help
Topic: Teaching style- Oral English - 48 students/class
Replies: 1
Views: 6647

Teaching style- Oral English - 48 students/class

Dear Lucy, You have helped me a lot before, but I need your help again ! I am teaching Oral English to English Majors, 1st years at university, central China. The classes are for 48 students. Chinese students learn English from a very early age (about 5 years), and so are quite familiar with the lan...