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shangguanruien on news Light a Candle: Overcoming Discrimination in China’s ESL Market (110 comments) Jun 02,2016 19:30
I'm not sure how distinctive it is. My Google search pulled up several different users. This one's posts were particularly entertaining. <http://www.topix.com/member/profile/shangguanruien> Full Comment>>
shangguanruien on news Light a Candle: Overcoming Discrimination in China’s ESL Market (110 comments) Jun 02,2016 18:56
I remember you. You’re the guy who didn’t know the difference between a TESL degree and a TEFL certificate. Anyway, what is it about my comment that you find so offensive and necessary to vote down with each of your accounts? The OP was beating around the bush. I merely pointed out the FACT that a degree in TESL ... Full Comment>>
shangguanruien on news Light a Candle: Overcoming Discrimination in China’s ESL Market (110 comments) Jun 01,2016 19:31
Actually, a degree in Teaching English as a Second Language should be required to teach ESL. Full Comment>>
shangguanruien on news Light a Candle: Overcoming Discrimination in China’s ESL Market (110 comments) Jun 01,2016 19:21
"I am a trained ESL teacher." I assume he has one of those 100-hour certificates. If he actually had a degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, he would have come out and said it. Full Comment>>
shangguanruien on news We Need to Revolutionize Chinese Studying Habits(29 comments) May 30,2016 09:45
The last thing China needs is a bunch of unskilled foreigners with degrees in gender studies and other irrelevant disciplines further undermining learning in ESL classrooms. All they're good for is modeling correct pronunciation and basic usage, and providing a bit of entertainment. Leave the rest to the experts in ... Full Comment>>
shangguanruien on news Expats in China: How Valuable Are They to Employers? (77 comments) May 14,2016 09:02
"Salaries are still lower than Western countries for equivalent jobs" Most foreigners in China don't qualify for these 'equivalent jobs' back home, so the argument doesn't hold up. You can't land a job in ESL or any other content area without a degree in that discipline. And is it any surprise that real ... Full Comment>>
shangguanruien on news How to Find a Job in China as a “Non-native” Expat(60 comments) Jan 26,2016 10:21
The only schools handing out college credits for experience in the US are diploma mills. Without an educational background in teaching ESL, French, or whatever else, you wouldn’t know when, why or how to properly adjust your teaching/teaching methods to better facilitate learning. You’ve got to have the knowhow to ... Full Comment>>
shangguanruien on news How to Find a Job in China as a “Non-native” Expat(60 comments) Jan 23,2016 08:04
Am I the only one who's disturbed by these articles? They make it seem as if teaching is some sort of game. Why not encourage both native and non-native speakers to go to school and study to be real ESL teachers? Full Comment>>
shangguanruien on news The Great Laowai Exodus: Why Foreigners Are Leaving China(158 comments) Jan 18,2016 10:53
I could put up with the occasional bout with food poisoning, the cold showers, the internet censorship, and the pissing and chitting in public, but they crossed the line when they tried to convince me that "most of people can teach [ESL] because it is not a very professional subjest." Well, teaching ESL is ... Full Comment>>
shangguanruien on news Is Teaching English in China Worthwhile？(48 comments) Dec 27,2015 02:32
It's only worthwhile if you majored in TESL or TESOL. TESL & TESOL majors have first dibs on the best jobs, receive a generous salary and benefits package, and are treated like royalty by students and administrators. If you majored in anything else, don't bother getting too comfortable here. Your pay will be ... Full Comment>>
shangguanruien on news Kindergarten Accuses Parents of Libel for Complaining about Russian ESL Teacher(66 comments) Nov 28,2015 04:40
Most of my college professors learned English as a second language. I didn't think they utilized the best teaching methods, but they sure knew their chit. I credit them for teaching me the the rules, theories and whatnot, but it was the native speakers who actually taught me how to teach ESL. Diversity is usually a ... Full Comment>>
shangguanruien on news Foreign Backpacker Beggar in Guangzhou: Scammer or Traveler in Need?(30 comments) Nov 26,2015 23:21
You do realize that I was referring to TESL/TESOL degrees, right? A TESL or TESOL degree can't be earned in four weeks. They require the same amount of time that it takes to get through any other college graduate or undergraduate program. It would be absurd to allow anyone anywhere near an ESL classroom with just a ... Full Comment>>
shangguanruien on news Office Space: 6 Ways to Connect with your Chinese Colleagues(20 comments) Nov 23,2015 06:59
I'd just like to point out that they don't exactly think of foreigners as their colleagues. That would imply that they are equally educated and qualified for the job, which the majority of foreigners are not. Calling yourself a teacher because you speak English, or a chef because you can microwave your food doesn't ... Full Comment>>
shangguanruien on news Foreign Backpacker Beggar in Guangzhou: Scammer or Traveler in Need?(30 comments) Nov 21,2015 01:32
China really needs to raise the bar if they ever hope to keep trash like this out. Seriously, if you want to travel, you should be required to show proof that you can support yourself during your stay. If you want to teach English, you should be required to submit sealed copies of your transcripts proving that you ... Full Comment>>
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