Neil Yaun prides himself on knowing a little about everything, despite no formal college education. He is self-educated, with a love of Chinese culture focused on their history and traditions. Growing disillusioned with the direction America is taking and his negative experiences with American women he is seeking a new path in China. He plans to teach English in China. This blog is about the journey to China and all the pitfalls along the way.
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By Neil Yaun
3159 Views | 7 Comments | 8/15/2013 5:14:46 PM

See the fear in their eyes they've obviously taught a seasonal course of two.

Teaching in China has been the single most rewarding thing I’ve ever done with my life, and even though there are more than a few headaches that come with this job. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The job gives me more freedom than I’ve ever had with any other job and the ability to be such a positive influence in my kid’s lives is just the icing on the cake. I only wish there were more teachers who took the job more seriously, but as I’ve said before this job isn’t for everyone.

The biggest challenges for teachers in China are in the summer and winter, when most training schools have their seasonal courses. These courses are usually called different names depending on what school you teach at but they are all the same in essence. It is a two week onslaught of teaching, where we as teachers attempt to cram as much English into the students heads as possible given the short time.

It’s also used as a recruiting tool by showing parents how quickly we can get their kids to be able to speak the English from each curriculum and to show the kids having fun in the process. The kids usually enjoy the courses, even though, I’m sure they would prefer travelling around China with their parents. For teachers, however, it is a test of endurance as we work 12 to 14 days straight, 8 hours a day, and usually without a day off.

I personally call it the gauntlet because the new teachers really earn their stripes during this time. If they are really interested in teaching, then summer and winter courses really show it and it will also reveal who is going to just be a warm body in a classroom. This year was no exception.

We started this summer course with two new teachers, and as is expected one showed a lot of promise and willingness to learn how to do the job, while the other was more interested in just getting through the two weeks so he could take his vacation to Malaysia. E comes from a similar background as I, so it was no surprise for me he had a great work ethic and a willingness to use creative criticism to get better. His only problem was he was trying to teach the way we normally would when we don’t have time restrictions.





幸运的是,这些课程是最好的一部分y go pretty quickly, and before we knew it we were already prepping for our open classes. That let everyone relax a bit realizing that it’d be over soon and we could all enjoy a couple weeks of the summer doing whatever we wanted.


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#2013年8月19日21时55分59秒通过sandy339 @sandy339


#2013年8月29日零时42分46秒通过svanslyke @svanslyke

尼尔,你怎么打算教TOFEL / IELTS写作课程为下届会议?

#2013年9月8日21点51分二十九秒通过kahnsfury @kahnsfury

By the seat of my pants. That seems to be the way that works for me considering I am an experiment with this class.

#2013年11月19日十七时43分46秒通过Barry1 @ Barry1

It's been over three months since your last blog article, Neil - we're all wondering out here how things are going with you, your job and your dear wife?

Please report back to us whenever you have a spare few moments, mate. I for one, think your articles are quite informative and interesting.


#2014年7月20日17时36分45秒通过Barry1 @ Barry1


One of my very favourite all time bloggers on this site is Neil Yaun. After penning 78 articles spanning a three year period from 2010 through to 2013, about a year or so ago we lost track of Neil.


#2015年1月9日18时42分33秒通过Barry1 @ Barry1



Being one of CLM's very best bloggers, the place is poorer without him.

I wonder what became of our literary friend and whether or not he's still in China?

#2015-03-02 14:11:10 byBarry1 @ Barry1



这只是纯属偶然该加雷斯的死讯及时通过@ paulfox1谁是他的私人朋友,谁碰巧他打电话数字向上只是他的传球后,才发现了悲惨的消息被发现。

I fear that the same has happened to our brother Neil Yaun, who after writing 78 very interesting and introspective articles, suddenly and mysteriously ceased writing here in August of 2013, with his unraveling tale well short of being finished or concluded.


If no one else cares for this fine man, I wish to place on the record that I most certainly do.

My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you, Neil, wherever you are.

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