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An Interview with Amy Perry at her language school in Dalian, China

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GS: So, can you tell us a bit about how you first got into English teaching?
AP: I wanted to try something different for the summer and a friend told me about teaching abroad, so I began to look online and was contacted accidentally by the school I am currently working for. I was using LinkedIn and the school saw my post on LinkedIn and answered. I checked out some schools through other means, but this school’s director seemed sincere and honest, plus he is American, so I went to his school.

GS: What advice do you have for people about the recruitment and interview process when looking for jobs teaching in China?
AP: I think you should feel comfortable with the people who run the school, and who will manage you during the week. If you can do this, then I think it is an easier job. You should be able to trust your employer.

GS: You are teaching in Dalian at the moment, can you tell us about your impressions of the city? What do you like most about living there?
AP: Dalian is a great city in China. There are many beaches, parks, and clubs for night life. I have met many foreigners who also work here and we have a fairly interesting time. I am from London, and being here certainly is not a big step apart from what I am used to. My flat is fine, with internet and TV, it’s near the school and easy to go out from. Dalian is a city full of excitement and fun.

GS: What do you like most about teaching English?
AP: The biggest reward is the children’s smiles. They love talking to me and work hard to please me. I feel I am doing something that is good.

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GS: Can you tell us about your favourite class at the moment?
AP: My favorite class is my arts and craft class. The kids love making a mess and they really enjoy the semi-structured way we run the class. They love to share their snacks with me and tell me funny things.

GS: Talk us through a typical day teaching English in China.
AP: My normal day this past summer began by arriving at school by about 8:30 am, and preparing for my class which ran from 9:00-till 12:30 from Monday to Friday.

I ran a weekly Arts and Craft and Activity class. We did art projects, built robots, watched English Children movies, went to parks, played games, but the highlight was making a piñata. This took a few classes to do, and when it was complete and filled with goodies, we took it outside and hung it from a tree. The kids had a blast trying to break it open for the goodies, and all of the kids could easily describe the piñata and how to make it.

Another high class was one where the students all brought food to make lunch, and lunch well they did, and I think I gained a few pounds after that.

Another great class was the “sleepover” where we all dressed in pajamas and told funny stories and laid on pillows on the floor.

My day ends after class and then I was free until the next day. Lots of free time. But I did do some 1-1 classes on the weekend for extra money.

GS: What are the teaching resources like there?Amy Perry with Colleagues
AP: Every classroom in the school has computers, interactive programs with the white board, plenty of books, movies, and plans to help make English fun.

Our school does all and more than anyone could ask for. The management team is always bringing in new resources for us to use, and welcomes our input.

GS: How many teachers are there in your school
AP: There are three foreigners and three Chinese assistants.

GS: China is full of surprises and unexpected adventures, tell us about one you have had recently.
AP: Surprises, well maybe getting used to the local food, like sometimes not being sure what I ordered. There was a day I went to eat and wanted noodles, and the girls I were with kept saying, “Yes, but the dumplings here are good.” I said yes, but I wanted noodles. I still ended up getting dumplings!
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