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An Interview with Tyler Davenport at his Test Prep Center in Shanghai, China

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GS: So, can you tell us a bit about how you first got into English teaching?
TD: Whenever I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always resoundingly responded with “Teacher by day, poet by night.” Naturally, teaching English was not a shocking deviation from my original intentions and neither was being an expatriate.

GS: What advice do you have for people about the recruitment and interview process when looking for jobs teaching in China?
TD: Apply to everyone and follow up on every lead. Be prepared and be professional. Nearly half of all the teachers I have interviewed came without doing any research, without copies of their CVs, and without any prepared follow-up questions. Some even came in wearing flip flops and sweatpants. Dress for the job you want, not the job you are applying for. If you don’t take the job seriously, why should anyone take you seriously? After applying, walk into their center to meet the potential boss. Show courage and initiative but also show courtesy and restraint.

Above all, hold your head high. A huge part of the interview process is your body language and how you carry yourself.

GS: You are teaching in Shanghai at the moment, can you tell us about your impressions of the city? What do you like most about living there?
TD: Shanghai is truly an international city. To date, I’ve been living and working in Shanghai for the past eight months. Initially, I wasn’t too much impressed by it. Compared to the poignantly bleak, wind-swept landscape of north-western China or the other worldly karst-towers of the southwest, I wasn’t too impressed by Shanghai’s endless greyscale labyrinth of commercialism, but it really grew on me. Perhaps I’ve been spoiled but now I really couldn’t see myself living anywhere else in China so comfortably and so well connected to the rest of the world. What I love most about living here is that it is never too difficult to get what you want here.

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GS: Can you tell us about your favourite class at the moment?
TD: I hold each and every one of my classes to the same esteem and regard them all as exhibiting grand qualities that could classify them as being a favorite. With that said however, a particularly fun class for me is my third grade Geography class. I am a self-described history fanatic so teaching this class is really just a dream come true. Finally, I get to drone on about topography and world history and nobody can tell me to shut up!

GS: Talk us through a typical day teaching in China.
TD: Typically my day starts after my first cappuccino which I grab on my way to the office. Everything before that is a faded haze. During the weekdays, I spend half of my time developing curriculum and the other half, teaching/mentoring students.

The weekends, including Friday night, is another story entirely. On those days we are breaking a good sweat delivering action-packed, solid classroom instruction from start to finish. It is challenging but whenever you work with kids, there is plenty of fun to be had as well.

GS: What are the teaching resources like there?
TD: Learning never stops, so why should curriculum development? We know that our materials are only as good as our students’ willingness to use them. That’s why we have spent days meticulously fine-tuning our resources to make them as dynamic, challenging and intriguing as possible.

We have a stockpile of top-notch, custom-made, multi-media materials at our disposal including but certainly not limited to listening exercises, role-playing games, review quizzes, and of course heaps and heaps of textbooks. We use every one of these tools at our disposal to transport our students out of the vacuum of the classroom and into engaging, captivating narratives.

GS: How many teachers are there in your organization?classroom
TD: At the moment our small but very elite team consists of four full-time mentors/administrators/teachers. However, there are a healthy and perpetually growing number of teachers throughout the other departments.

GS: China is full of surprises and unexpected adventures, tell us about one you have had recently.
TD: I recently had a chance to sneak away to a bamboo forest and sip some white tea. The tea was surprisingly not that great. The waterfall, however, was very underrated.

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