TESOL in China
English Alliance School, Dunguan, China.
An interesting Scotsman.
English Alliance School’s owner and head Dr William Soong is an interesting person. He was born in China but spent much of his young life growing up in Edinburgh, consequently you are faced with a person of obvious Chinese parentage who then addresses you in perfect English complete with mild Scottish accent. The obvious upside of this is that he also knows well the culture that most of his English staff come from.
This understanding is very apparent in the quality of the teaching staff accommodation as well as the extremely pleasant surroundings within the compound where the units are located. This is situated a short bike ride from the school.
Dunguan is mostly a very new city and as yet is lightly populated. The infrastructure is all brand new and in fact is still being created.
To reach Dunguan economically from Hong Kong involves a train ride north to Shenzen where you cross the border into mainland China proper. I had not actually ever really felt the weight of the Chinese population until going through an obvious choke point such as Shenzen. This is where the density of the population becomes very apparent as you queue to pass through immigration. From Shenzen fast efficient coaches travel to all parts and it’s a further couple of hours by road.
English Alliance run a school within a school. The main campus is a secondary school and students are time tabled out for English classes.
Classrooms are spacious and well appointed with full airconditioning.
As has already been said the teacher accommodation is of a very high standard and even includes a gymnasium and swimming complex for residents. Another point to note is the provision of a western style WC which makes the culture change just a little easier to get used to!