English teaching

English Takes a Backseat to Xi Jinping Thought

China’s nearly 300 million students will be studying “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” this coming school year, according to guidelines published by the Ministry of...

Two Americans Detained in China

Two Americans, Jacob Harlan and Alyssa Petersen, were detained in Jiangsu Province in late October, and the company they work for, China Horizons, has closed down. Harlan is the owner and Petersen is the director of the company....

Language Schools and Carpetbaggers

Danwei reports on the sudden closure of four English language schools in China, which have left in their wake stranded students, unpaid staff, and bewildered joint venture partners: In almost every case the founders and owners...

This Is Why Hong Kong English Levels Are Declining

Canadian journalist Joyce Lau writes in her blog about some observations about teaching English in Hong Kong, wherein her brother was denied a teaching post, even though he was a native speaker of English: A potential employer...

Has Crazy English Gone Crazy? – Bob Chen

From The Global Voices Online: Crazy English is a private education agency in which the founder Li Yang advocates a new method to study English; namely, to shout out antiquated English phrases and seize every chance to approach an English speaker for a conversation, all for sweeping the shyness away. Learners should scream deafening English […]

English teachers warn of bad treatment in China – AP

From AP, via The Taipei Times: Long hours, unpaid salaries, leaky pipes, ants and physical threats spark tutors’ outraged cries. Tanya Davis fled Jizhou No. 1 Middle School one winter morning in March before the sun rose over the surrounding cotton fields covered with stubble from last fall’s crop. In the nine months Davis and […]

Schoolhouse sweatshops – Audra Ang

From the Standard: As China opens up to the world, public and private English-language schools are proliferating. While most treat their foreign teachers decently, and monthly wages can run to US$1,000 (HK$7,800) plus board, lodging and even airfare home, complaints about bad experiences in fly-by-night operations are on the rise. The British Embassy in Beijing […]

Frustrated Americans in China – Charles Isherwood

From the New York Times: Two innocents abroad learn the limits of American idealism – or the limits of their own, at least – in “No Foreigners Beyond This Point,” Warren Leight‘s wistfully funny new play about the difficulty of doing good in a society rigged to accommodate only more cynical transactions. Produced by the […]



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