Posts tagged Chinese social media
- Parents with strong opinions on language education, even if they don’t speak foreign languages themselves
- Expectation that you spend large portions of class time on games or songs
- Students of very young ages, sometimes as young as 2 years old
- Poor listening comprehension compared with writing ability
- Nine-plus years of learning English from native Chinese-language speaking teachers who are not qualified by United States foreign language education standards
- Student difficulty adapting to education styles and philosophies uncommon in China, such as necessary in-class participation and homework assignments
- Much more leniency toward cheating on tests than at U.S. universities
- Students with undiagnosed learning disabilities
- Students assigned to classes by age or grade level instead of language level
- Emphasis on class’ success over individual students’
- Expectation that you teach oral English or culture classes only
- Related to the above bullet point, lack of integrated language education
- General Chinese work culture pattern of more procrastination than in the U.S. and therefore last-minute meeting, substitution, and class addition requests
- Learn at least a tiny bit of Mandarin that you can speak when asked to. Learning how to write a few characters, such as your Chinese name, will impress people, too.
- View my post Chinese Social Media as an Educational Tool for ideas on how to mix entertainment with education and “be a friend” to your students.
- Related to the above, participate in extracurricular activities such as company social activities with coworkers or university student life.
- Give your students in-class group projects as frequently as is practical and fair. Minimize tests and lengthy, individual homework assignments.
- Recognize and reward students for multiple kinds of effort, such as perfect class attendance, studying hard for tests, and helping classmates, separately as well as in combination.
- Show parents measurable results, such as words students have learned how to spell or pronounce.
- Respect process, bureaucracy, and hierarchy. When you think that you have too many meetings or that your young students take too many tests, for example, try to see things from the perspective of your boss and the pressure he or she is under from supervisors.
Do you have any questions? For those who have taught English in China and have anything to add, let me know in the comments.
I’ve been in Seattle and Maine for about a month and a half now and have been a little lazy about blogging. I have some post ideas that require actual work to put together, but in the meantime, I will share a short list of blog posts from others in China that I found particularly worth reading. I think this post is pretty ironic considering the second link down.
Why Do Students Give? [specifically Chinese students] from Collective Responsiblity
Also, I just learned from Thomas Crampton’s blog about Herdict, where you can see what sites are blocked in a country of your choice. Apparently we can add Foursquare to this (long) list (of highly popular-in-the-U.S.) sites in China. I’d appreciate any other good sites that monitor the GFW in the comments.
Prominent in student life at my alma mater are student groups who perform pop song covers a Capella. The men’s group, On the Rocks, is active in social media as a promotional tool; they have a Twitter account and broadcast their performances live online. About a month ago, they uploaded a performance of Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance” with annotations onto YouTube as a fundraiser for their trip to Los Angeles to audition for the NBC television show “Sing Off.” The video currently has more than 3 million views.
Last night, as I was watching the original music video for “Bad Romance” on the Chinese site Youku, I noticed On The Rocks’ performance video, uploaded by YoutubeSpace, as a suggested related video. The video has more than 300,000 views and about 300 comments (in Chinese). I shared it on my own RenRen and Q Zone profiles (with a note that this was my alma mater, of course), then found out one of my good Chinese friends had already shared it on his RenRen as well before learning that the video had any relation to me whatsoever. On RenRen, the video has more than 41,000 share views and 233,000 views.
Watch the video on Youku, YouTube, or both below:
And if you want to compare the choreography and arrangement, here’s Lady GaGa’s version. (Nudity warning for those who haven’t seen it already.)