Worker’s Paradise: You Too Can Teach English in China! by Ron Curtis

Are you considering teaching English in China? I have been teaching English in China for 4 years, and this book contains my advice and insights for new teachers. Who should come to China? What kinds of working conditions should you expect? How are the students? How is the food? How can you have fun in China?

Now, more than ever, China is taking a leading role on the international stage. Thousands of expats come every year to experience the amazing culture and make their fortune in the process. The market, however, is becoming more competitive. Let me introduce you to this legendary land, not as it is in the movies or in our imaginations, but as a foreigner in the trenches today. I wish I had read a book like this myself before I came to China.

Table of Contents
1. Do you ever wake up in the morning and think, “Holy Shit! I’m in China!”?
2. Red Scare: An American walks into a Commie Bar. . .
3. Hey Teacher, Go F*** Yourself! What do students really think of foreign teachers?
4. Marco? Polo! Getting into China
5. Saving Face: Your ESL Resume
6. Forbidden Cities: Avoiding Jobs in the Chinese Ghetto
7. Sweatshop Nation: How much do your Chinese counterparts earn?
8. Black Market English: Part-time Work in China
9. You Pay Now! Money Issues in China
10. Me so Horny: The Adult World of China
11. General Tso’s Trippin’: Getting Wasted in the PRC
12. Socializing with Socialists: Making Friends in China
13. Me No Speak-ey No Chiney! Learning The Chinese Language
14. It’s literally Dog-food: Enjoying Chinese Food without the Diarrhea!
15. Yup, they got Jehovah’s Witnesses here, too: Religion in China
16. I didn’t Order the Pupu Platter: Surviving Chinese Bathrooms
17. White Rice or Brown Rice: Racism in China
18. Riding the Chinese Dragon: Transportation
Appendix: Workers, Party! Making the Most of your Time in China

My Review: Real talk when I was just dipping my toe into reading about teaching abroad, I laughed SO hard at the chapter titles in this very short book and I knew it was going to be one of the books I read for my research.

This book may have funny chapter titles but it really dives into each subject and gives you a great understanding of the subject. For example, education is hard in China.

This book is a fantastic guide for those specifically wanting to teach in China, it dives into social norms, what to expect and yes even racism in China. It gives you a deep insight into teaching ESL to Chinese students

I really enjoyed this book and I will read it again once I am ready to go especially if I gain contract in China.

 

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