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Calling all teachers in CN

Posted by jonsnow October 6, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

Hi all

Good day to you. I'm asking all teachers for their experience in teaching in China. I graduated in a degree (completely unrelated to teaching - a bsc in computer science and mathmatics) but am looking to study my CELTA on the 21st.

In doing my research I've come across a few teachers that have said more or less that they were hired for their blonde hair and blue eyes. Naturally I'm a little worried as I get told I look "Spanish" a lot (even though I'm quarter enlglish, quarter irish and half mauritian). Plus I'm only 5'8'

However, my English is articulate. I get told I'm well spoken a lot and my accent is very typically English with no "area" accent (, north etc)

Can teachers give me a point of view on their experience?

(NOTE: this is due in part to a teachers post "Was I hired because of my exceptional qualifications? I had no teaching quals. Was I hired because I was better than the teachers there? No, if anything they were much more qualified than me. To put it simply I was hired because of my blue eyes and blonde hair)

I'm the one on the left in my avatar would I expect to run into problems purely on sight?

Thank you v.much for your replies and please message me if you would not like your post to be public.

Rich xxx


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