3. Out of the frying pan into the fire: My first week teaching English in China

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A quite leafy neighbourhood surrounds my school, a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle. A quiet leafy neighbourhood surrounds my school, a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle.

One of the unique aspects of working for True China is that they don’t require you to complete any TEFL course, another is that you have no idea what level the students are at or their previous curriculum before entering the classroom, To compensate for my lack of any formal training or knowledge of my pupils I spent weeks collecting as many computer based and physical resources as I could, before leaving Scotland. Lesson plans, PowerPoints, flash cards, game ideas, classroom management books, children’s books, Scottish toys, pictures of Scotland, pictures of shops, pictures of my house, pictures of me – I had it all.

On the left you can see one of my classes working quietly. When I tried to take the same photo from the front of the class moments later the left picture was the result. Rookie mistake. [LEFT} One of my classes working quietly.[RIGHT]  Seconds later when they realised I was taking photos. Rookie mistake. But nothing can quite prepare you for standing up in front of…

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