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An Interview with Danielle at Shane English in Pingyang

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GS: So, can you tell us a bit about how you first got into English teaching?
D: I have always been interested in China and Chinese culture but never really knew much about it. There are Chinese influences can be seen all over Europe and I wondered what life would be like in China. Finally, I decided the best way for me to find out would be to go to the country itself. I looked up my options and the best thing to do seemed to be to teach English. Thanks to Gold Star TEFL Recruitment, that’s exactly what I’m doing and I’m having the best time!

GS: Could you give some details about your dealings with Gold Star TEFL Recruitment?
D: I first contacted Gold Star (along with many other agencies) in November 2012, providing them with a little information about myself and the kind of job I was looking for. Within a week, Gold Star had responded to my email and had found several jobs matching my requests. They asked me if I was willing to have some interviews, and before I knew it I had a job and a placement at Shane English School in Pingyang.

They are undoubtedly the most efficient and most helpful agency I contacted. Even now, I still receive emails to check on how I am doing. They have been marvelous.

GS: What advice do you have for people about the recruitment and interview process when looking for jobs teaching in China?
D: Be yourself! If teaching and living in a foreign country is what you really want to do, it will shine through during the recruitment and interview process. Be sure to do some research about the school and area before you agree to any interviews, just to make sure it’s a job you truly want. If you’re going to travel half way across the world for a job, it has to be a job you want to do in an area you want to live in!

GS: You are teaching at Pingyang at the moment, can you tell us about your impressions of the city? What do you like most about living there?Danielle Calcutt pingyang 02-350
DC: I’m one of around ten foreign teachers living in a small town surrounded by mountains and rivers which is exactly what I was looking for! There aren’t many people who speak English so it’s a great place to learn Chinese. But if you’re not interested in learning Chinese, you’ll probably have to stick with the same bunch of foreigners for the whole year.

It’s very different to Europe. I’ll be honest, if you like your home comforts or get homesick easily then I would definitely not recommend coming here. Personally, that’s my favorite thing about living here – it’s completely different to anywhere I’ve ever been before. It’s like another world, so if that’s not what you’re looking for I would suggest teaching in a bigger city where some European products and culture can be found.

You have to get use to a lot of things. I had a few shocks on arrival but if you come with an open mind and are looking for adventure, it’s definitely a great place to be. You also have to get used to the constant stares and being somewhat of a ‘celebrity’. I’m always having photos and videos taken of me but they are all part of the experience.

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GS: What do you like most about teaching English?
D: I love that I am improving the children’s confidence in creativity and giving them a fun time. Hearing a class of students laughing and enjoying themselves brings a smile to my face every day. It’s a great feeling to hear their English improving. They’re the most adorable children and it feels great to think I’m contributing to their future.

GS: Can you tell us about your favourite class at the moment?
D: No. Because I don’t have a ‘favourite’ class! They’re all great. The children are so enthusiastic and well-behaved. I have lots of fun with them all. They’re so sweet and seem to enjoy the classes as much as I do.

GS: Talk us through a typical day teaching English in China.
D: During the week we have a lot of free time but the busiest days are Saturdays and Sundays. As it is a private school, we do all of our lessons when the children aren’t attending public school. This means that the most work arrives at the weekend. A typical Saturday would consist of five classes; each class is one and a half hours. I start at 8:20am and finish at 8 pm, it’s a long day but we do have a few hours of break for lunch and dinner.

GS: What are the teaching resources like there?
D: I think it’s quite basic compared to some schools but we have everything we need. Workbooks, flashcards, CDs, props, children and our imagination! If we ever need anything else, we can ask the teaching assistants or managers who are always more than happy to help!

GS: How many teachers are there in your school?
D: Shane English School has three schools in the Pingyang County. I am located in the school in Kunyang Town (also known as Pingyang). Including me, there are 3 foreign teachers from the UK and around 10 Chinese teaching assistants.

GS: China is full of surprises and unexpected adventures, tell us about one you have had recently.
D: Well, I have only been teaching a month so everything is relatively recent! Every day is full of surprises from small culture shocks to countless opportunities. I’ve climbed a few mountains and visited a few tourist attractions but I always seem to end up being the main attraction which results in me spending half an hour posing for pictures with other tourists and locals. All in all, I am having an amazing time; I am learning every day and really enjoying my experience so far.

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Gold Star TEFL Recruitment has been assisting teachers secure the very best teaching jobs in China since 2009 and has close connections with China’s leading schools. For details on teaching jobs with Shane English and other major language schools have a look through our website and submit an application today.
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