TEFL in China - Customs
Posted by Kiva Richard - 15:10 on 02 July 2012
China is a popular TEFL destination and attracts many of TEFL teachers all year round to fill the void of English teachers in China. Before you set off to teach English abroad it’s worth knowing about a few rules of etiquette to help you avoid offending anyone.
• Don’t be surprise if everyone wants to practise their English on you. People shouting “hello” at you in the street is a common experience for TEFL teachers.
• As a sign of respect, make sure you take off your shoes before entering a Chinese home or temple.
• Greetings are formal in China and the oldest person is always greeted first.
• It is considered disrespectful to stare into another person's eyes. In crowded situations the Chinese avoid eye contact to give themselves privacy
• Do not be offended if a Chinese person makes slurping or belching sounds while eating; it merely indicates that they are enjoying their food.
• Chopsticks should be returned to the chopstick rest after every few bites and when you drink or stop to speak.
• Write anything in red ink unless you’re marking an exam – it’s usually used for letters of protest
• Tipping is becoming more commonplace, especially with younger workers although older workers still consider it an insult. Leaving a few coins is usually sufficient.
Find out more about teaching English in China: TEFL Jobs in China.
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