Teaching abroad can be a very exciting journey. But there are different challenges you will face there. You need to be prepared to face those challenges.
Make your class a priority
International teachers mostly take oral English classes in China. Most students consider it to be a fun class, and so skip it. You should make the students feel and understand that your class ahs the same priority as the other classes.
Getting attention from students
Some students may take advantages of your unfamiliarity with the class expectation. A messy class will ruin your planned lessons. So, you need to straighten things up. You can take help from colleagues in learning what the school’s teaching approach is. You can also get advice on how to encourage students to pay attention to your class.
Understand the school’s culture
There may be situations like getting paycheck late. You should learn what to do in such situation. The school’s culture may be to call a meeting within five minutes notice. Classes may be canceled without any prior notification and more. You should learn about all these cultures inside the school. You should adapt yourself to this culture within a very short time.
Dealing with large classes
The Chinese population is huge. You should expect 40 to 60 students per class. It can be very difficult to manage such a huge class. One way to deal with it is to be well prepared for your class every day. You should bring water to the class so that you can drink when feeling exhausted.
Building up relationship with student
Outside the classroom, students might be eager to spend more time with you. They may invite you to dinner in their home. You should define the line of relationship. You should set boundaries so that students don’t forget that no matter how friendly you are, you are their teacher after all.