Re: lifeless students
- --- In teflchina@y..., Nancy Buswell <nancybuswell@y...> wrote:
> for some reason I thought that Hong Kong and Macau students would beWe think here that our mainland students are more responsive than HK
> much better than our students.
or Macau students.
- My best experience teaching was in a small city university in the
northeast. The students from rural areas and small towns seemed to be
more aggressive attentive students. In general women students are
better then men. In many, but not all, private schools the students
are by far the worst. They often couldn't make it in their own schools
and were sent to the private reform school by rich parents. Becareful
some universities operate semi-private language schools for these
students. These schools are for profit and have lower academic standards
then the regular university programs. You may think you are being hired
to teach in a regular university program, but you end up with a class
of idiots and disapline problems at a small campus in the suburbs.
The Kunming Institute of Technology operates programs like these at
their Bai Long campus and I think another campus south of Kunming. Most
of the students are not from Kunming or Yunnan Province. If you teach
on the main campus your okay, but beware of getting sent to suburbs.
- From: Frank Doonan [mailto:shunya@...]
>some universities operate semi-private language schools for theseHow right you are Frank.
>students. These schools are for profit and have lower academic standards
>then the regular university programs. You may think you are being hired
>to teach in a regular university program, but you end up with a class
>of idiots and disapline problems at a small campus in the suburbs.
And be really careful, as it is in fact illegal for these schools to operate
for profit, no matter how they dress it up. It's a good 'ole "guanxi" thing,
and in most cases the payroll you will be on does not accommodate the
employment of foreigners. The Government will (and is currently doing so in
some areas) crack down on this in the same way as it has the "student
Are you in Kunming? If so send your contact details in a private mail, I'm
quite often there myself if you fancy a beer or three.