Of course you do!
But…if that’s the case, how come you haven’t joined my Google+ ESL & Bilingual Teacher Resources group? Here, take a look:
But what makes it so special is that you’ll be able to use it in China, especially if you’re living close to Hong Kong, like I was when I was teaching ESL in Shenzhen.
What am I talking about?
Well, for all you teachers in Korea, Thailand, Europe and even America (yes, I get emails from ESL teachers in America) this might not make sense.
See, you all teach in countries where Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are allowed. But that’s just not the case in China.
China is very afraid its people will use social media to rise up and overthrow the government. This isn’t really that farfetched, at least not if you know anything about Chinese history. After all, it’s always been the people that rise up and overthrow the government!
So what does that mean for you, an ESL teacher heading to China? It means all those wondrous social media thingamajigs will be completely worthless to you with out a VPN. And even with a VPN you might not get the service you expect.
So that’s why I urge you to join my Google+ ESL group. I post to that group daily, and these are some of the things I put up:
- Links to my Blog Posts;
- ESL Teacher Videos;
- Helpful Links to Other ESL Articles;
- Links to Useful ESL Game Sites;
- Inspirational Pictures;
- Thoughts on Teaching;
- Silly Videos Students Like;
- Old Songs I Listen To;
- Ideas to Stay Motivated.
There’s a lot more than that, but that’s the gist of it. I also encourage you to put your thoughts and ideas down, or just a link to something you like.
Hell, throw up a picture of you teaching or something from your new city’s newspaper!
Mainly, though, it’s a good spot to get free ideas and resources that will work in your class. And with Google+ you should be alright if you’re joining CTLC. After all, your internet connection is about to get real spotty!
Good luck, and thanks for sharing!