Posted on March 15, 2019 | By Isabelle Sudron
27th Nov 2018
When you make a move to a new country, you’ll find there are new, interesting (and sometimes unusual) cultural norms to get used to. The more you know before you go, the easier you’ll find the transition – and the less likely you are to put your foot in it!
Boasting the oldest continuous history in the world, China has lots of traditions and customs that have been followed for generations. As a general rule, the Chinese are very forgiving of foreigners who are still getting used to the culture and are tolerant of mistakes. However, making an effort to understand the local social norms in your new home country will definitely help you feel more at home.
Meeting and greeting people
At the dinner table
Top tip: Be careful when accepting invitations to meals from parents of your students. It’s not unheard of for parents to ask you to return the favour with high grades for their children!
In the classroom
Top tip: Ask local teachers at your school how to do things, such as how to discipline students or what activities to avoid. They will likely have shown the ropes to lots of foreign teachers just like you before!
This list is by no means all-encompassing, and you may find variations in culture and customs across the country – but hopefully it will get you started! If you’d like to know more about teaching English in China, take a look at our China location guide for information on finding work, accommodation, salaries and more! Alternatively, take a look at the do’s and don’ts of teaching English in Italy!