China Teaching Behind the Great Firewall & Other Inadvisable Things in a Country Shaped Like a Chicken

by Barton Jones

Publisher: Barton Jones

Publication Date: June 03, 2015

ISBN: 9781310914263

Binding: Kobo eBook

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An irreverent and often satirical armchair adventure about teaching English in mainland China. A woefully overeducated former lawyer and part-time university music lecturer and teacher goes to China for three separate academic years. There he experiences all the vagaries of academic life with Chinese characteristics and the Sino underhandedness and deceit of the local, educational officialdom, while still keeping his students marching steadily toward matriculation and competency in speaking, and sometimes writing, English. He struggles to deal with Chinglish, 56 or more spoken dialects of Chinese, Mandarin, happy students, grumpy students, grumpier co-educators, ex-pats, construction, destruction and days when the air is mostly chewable. He learns that commuting by bike, foot or transit is a ballistic ballet and contact sport.