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An Interview with Scott Lao at his language school in Nanning, China

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GS: So, can you tell us a bit about how you first got into English teaching?
SL: I’ve always had an interest in the education industry since the early years of my childhood. It is fascinating how the success of an individual student could be so closely correlated to a teacher’s performance. The importance of English acquisition was implanted the day my parents set forth from Asia to Canada more than 30 years ago and still they are yet to be fluent with the language. The essence of English teaching had, therefore, gradually seeped into the marrow of my bones and is now a clear career choice.

GS: What advice do you have for people about the recruitment and interview process when looking for jobs teaching in China?
SL: Have an objective. Focus on it. Work around it. Achieve it.

Listening is an important asset. Listen to the needs of the students, instructions from superiors, etc.

Keep your hopes high; level of arrogance low. Aspire to be a great teacher and keep in mind that there will always be room to improve. Perfection is nonexistent.

Be a team player. Hardly anything is a one-man job and the sooner this is realized, the sooner a good working environment and a peace of mind can be obtained.

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GS: You are teaching in Nanning at the moment, can you tell us about your impressions of the city? What do you like most about living there?
SL: I’m teaching in Nanning, Guangxi of China at the moment. It is known as the “green city” with the flourishing plant-life that surrounds every corner, bridge, and sidewalk. It isn’t as developed as the bigger cities in China such as Shanghai or Beijing and as a result, things seem to be in a slower pace. The city is a host to people from many different areas of China as well as many foreigners from the ASEAN countries due to its annual ASEAN expo and geographical location. People are generally friendly and treat westerners usually with the utmost respect.

GS: What do you like most about teaching English?
SL: The ability to witness students’ progression with the language.

GS: Can you tell us about your favourite class at the moment?
SL: The memory that really sticks out in my mind is the time we played “alibi” for the first time. I made it very convincing that something precious was lost and suspected two of the students in the class. They were all sincerely frightened and concerned at the same time. We all broke out into laughter as soon as they realized that it was only to build up for the activity.

GS: Talk us through a typical day teaching English in China.
SL: I have a pleasant bike ride from my apartment to the school in the morning. Then, I prepare some materials for the morning class. After my morning class, I usually go out for lunch. I will then return to the office and prepare for the afternoon class. I go home after the class and spend the rest of the day on personal interests. This is a typical morning/afternoon-class day. It is somewhat reversed if coupled with afternoon/evening classes.

GS: What are the teaching resources like there?
SL: The DoS makes sure the archives are always full of modern related teaching materials. I haven’t had the time to browse through it all but it has more than enough for my needs.

GS: How many teachers are there in your school?
SL: There are 5 teachers at our school.

GS: China is full of surprises and unexpected adventures, tell us about one you have had recently.groupstudents
SL: I went on a bike ride to a city, south of Nanning with a few friends. It was getting dark and one of my friends lost control of his bike and ended up on the pavement, face-first. He broke two of his teeth and lost his short-term memory for the entire night. He woke up and asked why two of his teeth were missing and why his head hurt. We spent the rest of the trip in good fun nevertheless, after the doctor told him he would be okay.

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