Teaching English Overseas

By Yolande Deane
DELTA qualified EFL teacher with 5 years’ teaching experience

How do you balance culture and new methods of teaching?

Let’s Go Teach

So, you are now living abroad, and you want to make your classes fun and communicative, you really want to help your class develop their English.  But you may be in a culture that is not open to your communicative methods, maybe the learners just want to pass their exams, and English is just one of many of the exams they have to take.  Perhaps your learners do not want to speak in class, either because of embarrassment, or the fact that they are from a culture where the teacher is expected to do most of the talking.  Maybe there is a book you have to follow and set exercises that need to be done, and it is frowned upon if you stray from it, in fact maybe there just is not enough time in one lesson to even put your communicative tasks into practice.

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By Yolande Deane
DELTA qualified EFL teacher with 5 years’ teaching experience

Yolande with her students

If you have read the first part of my blog you will know that I was in China teaching in two different cities on two summer camps.  The first camp took place in Nanjing, and the second camp was in Yangzhou.  I had never taught a class of teenagers before so it was a little daunting.  The classes were rotated between four teachers, so I actually taught an age range from about twelve to sixteen.

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By Yolande Deane
DELTA qualified EFL teacher with 5 years’ teaching experience

Yolande in class in China

What did I want to know?

I am in China for a month teaching English at a summer camp in Yangzhou and Nanjing for four weeks with Suman Education. I thought doing some active research in China would be interesting because the script they use is  different from English. I wanted to observe how that affected the children’s experience of learning English.

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