However one can argue and quite noticeably so there is a fairly detrimental flaw in the thought process. My qualifications in fitness coaching and massage not to mention the APM diploma "Anatomy, Physiology and Myology" might hold strong here in China, but right now my Chinese speaking ability is based on a I can survive and talk level say in retro respect I can read, write and talk to the coherent ability of a ten year old, of course with a slightly more sophisticated grasp of wordings and culture.
So as a foreigner in China "30 months now" it seems the only remedy is to be an English teacher or so I’ve figured. I mean ok I’m from Ireland, and yes we speak English as the first language and study Irish in school, but besides that rather mundane point, I found that English teaching has many opportunities regarding income and flexibility, and well if you happen to like teaching why not regard it as a "professional” job. I mean per definition a job is only as professional as your attitude, right? , Anywhere else in the world English teachers are respected in what they do. I have many friends who went to college and studied to be an English teacher and they are proud of their chosen qualification and yes the parents of a girlfriend would be equally as proud that their daughter was “taken care of”. So why is it not the same in China? This in itself is a rhetorical question.
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So ok down to brass tacks, the point of this is to say that money is money a job regardless of its nature is still a job, some will argue its important to teach the job you like I think “do what you love, love what you do”. But, there is a small hiccup in that theory. It seems in China there is a stigma against English teaching and ill leave this open ended for further discussion, but, what I fail to realize and assimilate is this, if I can be a teacher doing a 25hour week and earning say ten thousand+ RMB with some extra’s “jobs” on the side, why oh why a person working as a translator or some other “professional” job is deemed to be better, and for the point of argument lets say the wage is the same. Why therefore fundamentally not eyes as the same?
And last but not least perhaps to avoid quite a few misunderstandings I’m aware of 3 more points as to why it could not be viewed in the same but I didn’t have enough time to elaborate, the points as follows by order of relevance.
1. Attitude of the teachers, unprofessional conduct, enough said.
2. Stability, yes I know all people anywhere in the world look for starts off with the big S.
3. Qualification, No being native in my mind doesn’t fit the qualification standard, how about communication, language and the quite important one COMMONＳＥＮＳＥ．
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