How exciting?!

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On Friday morning I had a chat with Monica of New Life ESL. It was lovely to finally get together and meet face to face. I am glad that I finally sent off my CV to Monica and her company. I have been following them on Instagram for a few months and there have been adverts for positions all over China. However, some of the positions wanted either experience or to be a certain age. So, I never applied. Until Claire and Anthony said on a comment about the company; I thought what the heck – and I sent them off a copy of my CV.

During the chat, Monica mentioned about a place that her friend was in a particular school that I would like too and with in minutes of receiving an email from Monica saying she has sent my details over to this partner school I had an another email. It was from Charlotte from Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS) – an interview was booked for today at 8am GMT/3pm CST. However, there were connection issues and it has been moved to tomorrow at the same time. I have looked round the website. It looks amazing!! I have even checked the island (yes, the school is on an island!) out in my Lonely Planet travel guide. I am pretty excited. Smiles here at the moment.

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Visa Applications…

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I have been contacted by Monica from New Life ESL; as I stated in my last post and I have been researching how much the Visa procedure and about the price for the Medical exam from the Doctors. I really need to find a time where Monica and I can talk. I have also been contacted by Derrick; another member of the New Life ESL team and I have let him know about being contacted by Monica.

I have been thinking about Visas a lot since my second interview with Star Teachers and I was shocked about the price for the Visa. I looked on many websites where I can apply for the Visa. The sites were:

  • Chinese Visa Direct; they multi entry (which is what I will possible need; as I want to pop over to Hong Kong) price is £255.
  • The Chinese Embassy here in the UK; their price is £180. The actual service is with Visa For China; but the website did not load properly. I will keep trying to see how that goes.
  • Visa For China.org.uk state that there multi entry visa is £308. However, that is for the Express Visa Fee. The Regular price is £171.
  • There is another site called Visa HQ which I also looked at and their visa price is £131.19 however; that is only for a single entry and is for 90 days.

I do not know which one to choose; I prefer to choose the cheapest one – will it be the right choice though? I am wondering if i-to-i TEFL would know who I could choose. Or who they would recommend?

Are they anyone who has or is dealing with any of the Visa Application Centres? which one do you think I can use?

Didn’t get it, but there is a sliver lining…

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On Wednesday morning via Skype I received confirmation that I didn’t get the position with the recruiter. I was not told why; I was wonder if they had read the post I wrote after the interview. However; there is a other position they think will be good for me. I need to think about it as I don’t know if I want to apply or not as it is just one interview with a person from HR. If it I’d like the first interview, I was not looking forward it! I However; I had the interview on Thursday morning. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. Very relaxed and the conversation flowed better than my first (first!) interview. The position is for a Public School placement in a District of Beijing. I am going to see how much everything; as in Medical Report and Visas are before I decide.

The sliver lining is that after Claire and Anthony’s reply to “Interviewing for China” I headed over to New Life ESL and had a look around to see if its for me. I decided to send them my CV and they contracted me on Friday morning saying to give them call. It will be an early morning call; well it will be for me as Monica is only available at 8.30-10.30 CST – it will be 1am-3am for me. I am excited! I have contacted Monica stating that I am trying to find the time to contact her. I just hope that all will be okay!?

TEFL TV – happy bunny? Possibly!

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While waiting for a meeting with my head of department this morning; I thought that I would cheer myself up by watching some of the videos that I received as part of the TEFL TV videos from i-to-I TEFL. I am such a happy bunny that I got these videos as I would that I am able to watch them whenever or wherever I want. I would love to be able to have them on my iPod; I will need to experiment and see if that is possible. It would be good to be able to watch them while on the plane while I travel. I love using Public Transport; I know that it is sometimes the best way to get around places. However; it is not cheap in many places.

When I downloaded the videos I put them into different sections – Games & Activities, Grammar, Listening, Personal Development, Pronunciation, Reading, Speaking, Teaching Techniques, Vocabulary and Writing. Each video is only a few minutes long; but I feel that they are invaluable for any TEFL teacher. I have used some of the techniques and lesson examples when I have been working with my current students. I do love the videos; the teachers that are conducting the ‘lessons’ make me feel that I could do the same. I wonder if that is the whole idea of the videos; to give a newbie TEFL teacher, like myself the confidence to carry out English lessons. I do believe in myself that I will teach at the same level as them.

I was hoping that watching the videos would keep my in a positive mind and I would be relaxed during the meeting; however, this was not the case. I was offered some money; but it was not as much as it was predicted. We were told that this may be the case; but my offer was must lower than predicted. I have asked my manager to ask why it is so low and to get back to me. The meeting was concluded within fifteen minutes as I had to make a decision on if I was going to accept the offer or not during the meeting. As the offer was not as high as I wished; I declined the offer – concluding the meeting. Now; I am sitting in my workplace during my lunch break feeling all down and a little depressed. I should really be eating my lunch but I do not feel like eating.

The videos did cheer me up; but after leaving the meeting a feeling all down in the dumps. I need to stay positive and keep smiling. I know that seeing the faces of the children after they have been out to play and eating their lunch will make me happy again. It has been over a week since I last saw them.

Don’t hurt my feelings [Reblog]

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Relax! Speak English; many thanks for sharing this post. It is always good to have examples of what a TEFL teacher can do with their classes. I hope that it is okay that I have reblogged this on my blog. What do you all think of these examples? I hope to use them in my classes in the future.

Relax! Speak English

1) Look at these feelings. Are they positive, negative or neutral? Try to use them in the following sentences:

cheerful, confused, content, ecstatic, envious, frustrated, grateful, indifferent, miserable, moody

Feelings

1. After such a wonderful meal, we all felt________

2. Joe is_____________towards the suffering of other people. It looks like he doesn’t care at all.

3. I’d be very __________ if you could help me with my homework.

4. Bob’s new girlfriend is extremely_______ you never know whether she’s going to smile or cry.

5. Jane has to work seven days a week. She feels _________ towards people who have the weekend off.

6. It’s been raining almost every day this summer. Everyone feels_____________

7. Jim was absolutely_____________when he won the lottery.

8. My cousin has been trying to pass her driving test for over two years. She feels very_______

2) Match the ordinary feelings on the right…

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Interviewing For China…

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Well, today I have just conduced my second interview for a TEFL Teacher Recruitment company in China. I was nervous at first and worried that my second interview would be similar to my first. The first interview went okay; I had to be in the upper part of my house to get a better reception and I was only able to see part of my interviewers face. I am wondering if this is common practice when interviewing for jobs in China.

Both interviews took place in their Beijing offices; which were a little noisy at the start. There is a large time difference between here in the UK and in Beijing. Beijing is seven hours ahead of me and I had to conduct both my interviews in the morning. The first interview took place at 9am GMT; which made it 4pm CST (China Standard Time). It was also the end of the day for them. I must remember this whenever I call home when I start teaching in Asia. The second interview was supposed to start at 7am/2pm but on the confirmation email I was sent 8am/3pm – which I preferred. However; this was not passed on to the person who called me (on Skype) at around 7am. I think that there was a confusion of the Time Zone converting. I use the clock on my laptop; I have set it up to have Beijing as one of the Time Zones. I will change this depending on where I move to.

UntitledI was sent some material to use for my second interview; two eBooks and some information on what I was to do. I found tis rather difficult as I thought that on the information I would be given an age group or level to work with. The books I felt were aimed at Elementary level and for young children. I had to create at least one activity to do and it should last for about 20 minutes. I could only use three pages from the book – I would have preferred to use the whole book as that would have made the reading exercise easier. I decided that I was going to pretend that the second interviewer was one of my current four year old students. When it was time for the interview; she asked me ‘how old I wanted her to be?’ – Elementary and around 4 to 5 years old. I chose the book “Visiting Grandma and Grandpa”.

I found this interview very hard; as the interviewer took her role seriously. Only one word answers and not much facial expressions. Working with younger children you want to be able to get them to hold and see the book better or even reading it with them. Only using three pages was hard. I ended up using four – I had turned them into flash cards to help with the “having the book experience” . Fingers crossed it worked!

At this very moment in time; I have not received any information or details about if I was successful or not. After my first interview, the person who had organised the interview with me contacted me and told me that I had passed and would be moving onto the second interview. It has almost been an hour since I finished my interview and I have had nothing. I have this feeling I will not hear anything until tomorrow now. As the office in Beijing must be closed for the day. I’ll keep you all posted with this.