In the last decades, the changes in politics and the economical expansion experienced by China have encouraged literally millions of Chinese people to look for experiences and opportunities beyond their country borders. Some of them travel for tourism, curious to find out what is out there and eager to share their discoveries with everyone left behind in their homeland. Others look for education, they want to learn more and develop their skills, becoming more proficient and competitive in their work. Others even look for work opportunities, especially business bridges that will keep connecting China with the rest of the world in a position of increasing power. Whatever the reason is, many Chinese people travel or even relocate to the West, as well as establish new bonds with people in the Western world. As a result, the demand of English classes especially aimed at Chinese people is soaring, and doesn't seem to stop in the near future.
This is an opportunity for English teachers, within and outside China, because the high demand is increased by China's massive population. They are creating thousands of work opportunities for Westerners who want to help them learn English, but the task is not as easy as it seems, because of the deep language and cultural differences that can operate as a barrier between teacher and students. A good English teacher working with Chinese students will have to know the Chinese culture and language very well, so they know how to accomodate to their style, psychology and preferred learning methods, in order to help them achieve the highest goals, which is something they usually look up to.
The most widely used model for teaching English in China is a dual model with a native Chinese teacher and an (ideally) native English teacher. The Chinese teacher will teach mostly grammar and writing lessons while the English teacher will focus on pronunciation and conversation. A native Chinese teacher will be able to communicate fluently with their students, explaining the differences between the languages and the meaning of the words, while a native English teacher will be their reference for pronunciation, entonation and correcting performance mistakes.
The East and the West are very different in many aspects, but as long as the students are well motivated and there are no communication problems between them and their teacher, there should be no major problems for them to engage in classes and learn the language. In more advanced classes, their teachers doesn't even need to be that fluent in Chinese because teacher and students can communicate using basic English language.
Chinese people who travel abroad to learn English in the countries where it is spoken, for example England or others in the UK, often already have a basic or higher knowledge of the English language, both written and spoken. When they consider to travel abroad, a wide range of options opén up for them, but it isn't uncommon that most settle for a stay in the UK.
Many schools and academies in the United Kingdom are prepared to welcome foreign students who aren't very fluent in English yet. If you are a Chinese student looking for a place in the United Kingdom where you can take some classes, we suggest that you get in contact with the schools you are considering and find out more about their teachers and which other languages they teach. Big academies have a constant flow of foreign students, so it shouldn't be difficult to find places where you can feel comfortable learning English without strong communicational barriers, even if your English level is still very basic.
There are big schools like Britannia, where you can be sure you will have a great experience learning English. Then, you have classic places where foreigners have traveled for centuries, the traditional centres of education such as Oxford, where you will definitively find excellent classes and high class teachers. You will also meet new friends from all over the world, because these popular spots attract students from a wide variety of countries and cultures.
If you want to travel around the United Kingdom, you can find great places outside of England. Scotland is a welcoming place rich in history and culture, and Edinbourgh is full of great academies and schools you can join. If you want to travel to Ireland, you can go to Dublin, or see other smaller towns such as Belfast which are lovely all year round.
Learning English has never been easier and more fun!