Since ancient times, teaching was considered a worthy and respected business. And philosophers in Europe, Asia and the monks – people who dedicate life to enrich the knowledge of others, always and everywhere had high status in the social hierarchy.
Of course, during his journey through centuries of education process has undergone significant changes. But the original postulate has remained the same: any society is interested in the fact that citizens have received the necessary basic level of education. As the main task for any educational system in any country becomes, primarily literacy. The same can be said about the problems of education in modern China, where the level of general literacy of the population is between 85 to 95%.
In China training program on language specialty is somewhat different from the European one. It is believed that the language teacher must have excellent knowledge of not only the language that he is going to teach in the future, but also the Chinese language and have a basic knowledge on general subjects, such as mathematics.
In order to work and teach in China, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required. Duration of study in an undergraduate program should be around four years. Mandatory part of teacher training is pedagogical practice in local schools. Typically, this practice in China is over one month. First, students simply attend classes and watch how the teacher works. Then they prepare their lesson plans themselves are trying to present to the students in the role of teacher. Teachers are professionals evaluate the work of students.
The demand for foreign teachers is stimulated by the desire to the growing middle class in China to provide their children the opportunity to move after receiving education abroad. That’s what the people of China still appreciate foreign teachers.
Today in China, 530 international schools are there. Since 2000, there has been a tenfold increase in their numbers. They no longer serve the interests of immigrants alone, but focus on the indigenous population. The prestigious British educational home is actively engaged in the export of its luxury brands in China, including Dulwich, Harrow, Wellington and Malvern.
Foreign teachers began to enjoy great demand in China is gaining momentum along with the process of repatriation of citizens, did not appear at home for more than five years
During this time, many of them were children who had to join the foreign education system. Such institutions and teachers contribute to the request of wealthy parents to ensure their children’s cultural self-determination in the international school system.
Many schools are trying to solve the problem of shortage of foreign teachers, establish links with professional associations in other countries in the hope of finding qualified teachers abroad, which clearly demonstrates China’s interest in high-end foreign specialists.