Joined: 19 Apr 2003
Location: Hong Kong
|Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2003 6:05 pm Post subject: Greeting, self intro
|Greeting to this group.
I am Christopher, and I have been teaching in Hong Kong for twelve years. During that time I have taught in local primary and secondary schools, colleges and also overseas universities represented by local colleges.
I am pleased to find this group and say a hardy welcome to all NETs here in Hong Kong. To all NETís about to embark on this wonderful cultural journey, welcome and try to enjoy the ride
Whilst Japan may have a unique culture, I can certainly boast so does the HK education system!
Muddled heavily on the writings of Charles Dickens, you will be pleased to know that 99.9% of any cultural surprise in teaching mythologies between local teachers and NETís are common. Also there are a number of organisations to help. NESTA, the Native English Speaking Teachers Association in conjunction with many organisations, e.g. pubs allow NETs to share any frustrations and experiences.
I donít want to write too much for now, other than to say ďHiĒ, some may find a slight backlog due to the schools having been closed and just reopening this week (in two phases, higher forms first and lower forms next week) due to the SARS outbreak.
Once you arrive, having soughed out your accommodation (another culture shock) you will be pleased to discover that (a) there is no sales tax in HK and (b) due to the economy prices that were slashed have been slashed again.
I should think that for teachers here in HK a list of good links for food an entertainment, second hand furniture shops, clubs etc might be useful, I direct you to one of the many online publications, http://www.asiaxpat.com.hk/
Bye for now