My name is Matthew and I am a 24 year old man from America. I have been teaching in China for 5 months now and it has been an amazing experience. Recently I have made a switch and I am in dire need of some help, suggestions, and advice.
I strongly desire to be a good teacher. I don't just want to travel, I want to make teaching a life long career. I started out at a private school in China. I worked long hours, taught many classes, but the curriculum was handed to me and the lessons were very straight forward. They followed a series of books and teaching was just a matter of coming up with a few games to deliver the content. The students were from 5-11 years old and the classes were all very small and easy to control.
Recently I have changed schools to a public middle school and I am now very much in over my head. The classes all have over 60 students each and their is absolutely no curriculum to use. I do have an English textbook to use that does have dialogues, passages, and some vocabulary, but it's a terrible book that was made by a Chinese English speaker. I receive practically no guidance from my superiors. Before the Spring Festival break I was just trying to maintain a semblance of order. Many students would not listen to me and I am not sure how many can understand me.
I really need advice from some teachers on different techniques, strategies, and activities I can use with large classes of beginner English speakers. Anybody who has experience in China would be a great help to me. I really want to be a successful teacher. I know not everything will go perfect, but at this point I just don't know what to do.
So like I said, please help me with any:
-Classroom management ideas
Practically anything would be helpful! Everything is largely left up to me by the school so it is quite intense.
Thank you for anybody who can contribute and I hope I can start a thread that will be useful to many other green TESl teachers.
For general discussion between ESL teachers.