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An Interview with Stephen Pang at an International School in Shenzhen, China

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GS: So, can you tell us a bit about how you first got into English teaching?
SP: I took a TESOL certification, this was the first step in being able to visit another country and discover its culture. So I came to China and started teaching in a University and realized the important role I played in these students’ lives and their future, so I decided to make teaching my career. Then I taught a range of student levels to find which one my personality was best suited to and I have been in China for 10 years now.

GS: What advice do you have for people about the recruitment and interview process when looking for jobs teaching in China?
SP: Ask themselves why they are going to China and why they want to teach. Make sure they are prepared on what to expect when coming to China especially the culture, living standards and visa, etc.

GS: You are teaching in Shenzhen at the moment, can you tell us about your impressions of the city? What do you like most about living there?
SP: Shenzhen is a vibrant, busy and modern city close to Hong Kong and there are lots of opportunities to meet people from all over China here.

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GS: What do you like most about teaching English?
SP: The reward I get from seeing the kids grow from the day you first taught them to the last, how much they have changed and the difference you have made in their lives.

GS: Can you tell us about your favourite class at the moment?Stephen and students -350
SP: I love all my classes but I do like theme teaching as it’s always changing every week and it’s a good chance for the kids to learn new and different things about the world they live in.

GS: Talk us through a typical day teaching English in China.
SP: I have a meeting with other staff in the company at 8.15 then the kids show up at 8.50. My day begins from 9 am and I teach themed topics, phonics, music and garden time with the same children up to lunchtime. The kids eat their lunch then go to sleep. At 2.30, the kids wake up and we have Chinese classes and garden play until the kids go home at 4:30.

GS: What are the teaching resources like there?
SP: We have most resources the teachers need to have fun and active classes but it’s all up to how the teacher uses the equipment.

GS: How many teachers are there in your school?
SP: We have 4 teachers in the school at the moment but our sister school has 8.

GS: China is full of surprises and unexpected adventures, tell us about one you have had recently.
SP: Surprises can both be good and bad in any country you’re working in but for me, my biggest adventure in China is witnessing how Shenzhen is changing economically, financially and socially.

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