THE TOTAL IMMERSION PROGRAM
A ministry of ESEC since 2006
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES EXCHANGE WITH CHINA
Serving China since 1981
To equip and empower Chinese teachers with excellent English education focusing on core competences for effective teaching, and to enrich them through personal holistic development.
We train the trainers (teachers) though two-week immersion education for effective and largescale impact in China. We do so by teaching the mind and inspiring the heart.
We desire that our service to the Chinese reflects the spirit of Christ’s love for all people and we are inspired by the idea that everyone can learn successfully, despite demographics, social class, or education.
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Celebrating 35+ Years
Approach & Method
EDUCATION BREEDS CONFIDENCE.
2017 in Numbers
China’s Western Regions
CONFIDENCE BREEDS HOPE.
Serve Where Help is Needed Most
Job Openings: Education Specialist
HOPE BREEDS PEACE.
Job Openings: Language Facilitator
TIP Summer 2018 & Short-term
19 Connect with Us
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CELEBRATING 35+ YEARS Upon first visiting China 36 years ago, we found
China on the verge of monumental change. The “Opening and Reform” policy had just been announced. China hummed with excitement as the potential for economic growth, educational development and cultural activities was revealed. It was like the early days of spring, with the trees full of tiny buds announcing new beginnings and hope for all. It was in this environment of expectation that we started Educational Services Exchange with China (ESEC), in order to contribute in some small way to the modernization of the motherland.
Education Development & TIP
We chose educational development as our means to serve, led by a conviction that human resource development is the key to the future and success of any society. There was a compelling and immediate need to train internationally oriented personnel for the newly opened China. Our calling was clear. For 36 years, we have maintained our “Train the Trainer” focus. In cooperation with close to 300 Chinese institutions, ESEC has offered English training, international business training, higher education evaluation, medical education, special education for disabled persons, cross-cultural training for business executives, development projects for underdeveloped regions, and most importantly,
TIP (Total Immersion Program) which captures the 30 years of educational experiences and expertise of ESEC for the purpose of training teachers throughout China’s less developed provinces. During the flow starting from 1981, ESEC has spawned many educational programs to capture the different educational needs and opportunities in China. We are most excited that we can offer another meaningful gift to Chinese education: TIP. Through the Total Immersion Program (TIP), ESEC provides a unique platform to equip local English teachers in basic education with effective learning and teaching strategies and tools that empower students and bring joy to learning. Our efforts work towards closing the large educational inequity gap in China, bringing opportunity to students from the most rural mountains of Tibet to the villages in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia. Since TIP’s launch in 2005, we’ve had the privilege to train over 40,000 Chinese English teachers and provide educational aid and support to teachers and schools in all places where help is needed most. We’re grateful for the model of ‘train the trainer’ that we’ve been able to develop and that allows us to invest greatly in educators and trainers, true leaders in their sphere of influence, and as a result have a positive and lasting impact in the lives of thousands of primary, middle and high
school students, flowing forth from the investment that we were able to make in the life of the ones that teach and interact with these students daily.
Strategic Developments of TIP
We also look to what is ahead. In a nation the size of China, there is still much, much more that can and should be done. An important development is the new mandatory English test component in China’s national exams. With English now being added to the nationwide testing requirement, our TIP training is more strategic than it has ever been. This presents us with incredible opportunities to meet the needs that accompany this change in policy. Tens of millions of Chinese children do not have access to proper English instruction. With the current state of educational inequality in China, it is our goal to equip Chinese English teachers to conduct more effective classes for their students, instilling confidence in the hearts of this young and promising Chinese generation, increasing their career potential and truly providing them with a hope for their future, that will prepare them for initiating lasting change in their families and communities. We will continue to work to encourage the hearts and minds of China’s English teachers, instilling in all of them the confidence that with the right approach and attitude, they and their students can learn English successfully, despite their demographics, social
class, or education. We will continue to be advocates of spreading joy and encouragement through teaching, and modeling that loving our students well is a core component for successful education.
Cooperation & Our Needs
We strongly believe that continuing educational activities and exchange will promote greater understanding and cooperation between the two countries, and will multiply the blessings of those who are peace lovers. We will continue to pursue such ideals, in appreciation and in tribute to all the many friends who have blessed ESEC. We hope in the year ahead you will join us in serving China, by sponsoring local Chinese teachers to TIP trainings, serving with TIP as our language facilitators or education specialists, and praying for the needs of our organization and for China. Thank you and God bless,
Danny Yu Founder & President ESEC TIP Curriculum Designer
APPROACH & METHOD The effectiveness of the Total Immersion Program (TIP) is not due to being a highly efficient linguistic program alone. Participants of TIP do not simply improve their English-speaking ability, but more importantly, undergo a positive shift in attitude toward their learning process and their own abilities. The average Chinese student knows quite some grammar and vocabulary but unfortunately, often are not comfortable in using their language ability to communicate by speaking. The reasons are many, but we recognise the fear of loosing face, therefore having a lack of confidence and finally, using wrong methods to learn a language, as the three main problems that the vast majority of our Chinese students face (often students rely heavily on authority figures as sole channel for learning).
through TIP, and results in our students gaining great insights into learning as well as to gain inspiration to re-direct teaching practices in their own classrooms by using more effective teaching methods. We aim to make our students the center of the learning process, so they are not limited by a teacher (or the lack of one). Another advantageous characteristic of TIP is its focus on building self-confidence, which opens up for the students a reservoir of hidden skills, abilities and potential. The incredible results of learning English by immersion, enables them to overcome previous limitations and results in surprising learning speed and productivity.
In TIP, we help our students identify these problems via the ABC’s of TIP (“Attack your limitations”, “Build your confidence”, “Commit yourself”). We challenge our students to consider how they understand themselves and how they see others. The values that they use to evaluate themselves and others will affect their learning, including their ability to speak English. In TIP, we consider that attitude towards ones learning process is everything. Other essential values that we underline throughout the program and our curriculum are: Team spirit, equality, mutual respect, learning to trust others, committing oneself to valuable goals, and challenging oneself beyond one’s limitations. All of these ideas are fundamental to learning English
By correcting wrong attitudes towards learning, and taking an offensive approach to overcome the fear of making mistakes, the TIP experience often leads to opportunities for personal improvement and teaching skills enhancement, besides advancement in oral English. The overwhelming majority of our TIP graduates have found the TIP training uplifting in their lives and the TIP methodology effective in their classrooms. The encouragement they receive in the love filled environment of TIP is often what our students refer to as the most special gift they receive during their time of training.
2017 IN NUMBERS 891 4,181 TEACHERS TRAINED
A total of 4,181 Chinese teachers have received English Immersion training through the TIP Program in the year 2017. Approximately 80% of these students are from China’s less developed provinces. Almost 100% teachers would recommend TIP training to their peer teachers and many expressed to want to come back. It’s such a great joy to think of the many students that are impacted by the investment that was made in their teacher. Thank you for
SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED In 2017, we were able to award a full-tuition scholarship to 891 Chinese English teachers from primarily China’s less developed regions. This was all made possible through the generous support of individual donors non-profit foundations and friends of ESEC. We couldn’t do this without your support!
GENEROUSLY GIVEN A total of RMB 864,980.41 was raised through the endless efforts of our development team and through the generosity of our donors. This allows for the continuation of TIP’ s effective training programs and operation. For the year of 2018 we aim to double this amount of funds raised in order to reach deeper into the impoverished regions in the West, where educational aid in needed most.
STUDENTS IMPACTED The strength in empowering teachers and trainers lies in the multiplication factor and the sheer number of student that each of our teachers represent. Each of the teachers we equip and empower, teaches roughly 200 students in the schools they work at. We rejoice over the many children that are benefiting directly from their teachers’ improvement in teaching.
1 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED Equipping and empowering teachers with holistic education, caring for both the mind and the heart in serving and loving them well. All of our efforts, both in and outside the classroom are focused to bless all those that come through our doors. We are thankful for the many open doors we have been provided with this year.
CHINA’S WESTERN REGIONS
HERE TO SERVE, NOT TO BE SERVED
Uneven Instruction Driven by both geographic and economic inequality, educational inequality in China is extensive. While students in urban Northeastern (provinces marked in grey) schools often reach university or college, the same isn’t true for the rest of the country, especially the poorer rural areas (provinces marked in red). This education gap is a the heart of ESEC’s aim to equip and empower those teachers that work in schools and regions with less available resources and opportunities for training. We’re driven and committed to send educational aid to areas where it is needed most.
High School Only 8 percent of students from less developed rural areas continue on from Junior High, to High School.
College Only a dire 2% of children from poor rural areas are able to attend college.
Data source: http://reap.stanford.edu/docs/education_for_migrant_children
SERVING WHERE HELP IS NEEDED MOST Grim Outlook
Access to good education heavily influences social and economic development. This is especially seen within China’s poor rural communities in the less developed part of the country, where education plays a large role in breaking the vicious cycle of poverty and provides a stunning increase in job perspective. It is in 2018 that China is including an English Language component to their National Exams that students are required to take in their senior year in high school. The outcome of this test determines by and large the direction of a students’ career path. In especially the less developed regions, most students have little to no perspective of reaching test scores that would allow them to continue their education in college, often leaving them with low-paid physical labor jobs.
Offering Opportunity and Hope
We have the incredible opportunity to continue to partner and come alongside education bureaus with practical tools for effective language learning, providing encouragement to local teachers and their trainers, all the while showing love and compassion to educators that face the daunting task of providing quality education to the many students they carry responsibility for. We ourselves are encouraged by the many opportunities that we continue to be presented with, to deeply invest in people that are local influencers, reaching roughly 200 students each. Though often we don’t see the full extend of our training and ministry to our students, we don’t underestimate the impact and investment that is passed on by by lessons centered around hope, love and peace.
It’s been such a privilege to have been given the opportunity to attend TIP. I’ve learned a great variety of new games and activities that I now can use in my own classroom. TIP has encouraged me to overcome my fears in teaching English and they have shown me how to help my own students by encouraging them to face their challenges with a good attitude. Most of all, I’ve learned the importance of loving my students in building them up. TIP has been very valuable to me.
TIP Session May 2017 Puyang, Henan Province
WE SERVE TEACHERS LIKE EMMA, WITH EFFECTIVE TEACHER TRAINING, LOVING ECOURAGEMENT AND COMPASSIONATE MENTORSHIP.
JOB OPENINGS: EDUCATION SPECIALIST ESEC’s Beijing team is expanding its capacity and is inviting individuals with extensive K-12 teaching and teacher training/mentoring experience, who have a heart to serve Christ in China, to apply for the position of Education Specialist with ESEC’s Total Immersion Program. Through the Total Immersion Program, ESEC provides a unique platform to equip local teachers with effective learning and teaching strategies and tools that empower students and bring joy to learning. Our efforts work towards closing the large educational inequity gap in China, bringing opportunity to students from the most rural mountains of Tibet to the villages in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia. TIP is among the few not-forprofit programs with a large scale impact,
technical expertise and long history in China, that aims to improve English basic education and empower English teachers and students in underserved regions throughout the country. As ESEC’s Education Specialist, you will regularly visit local schools in districts across the country, spending quality time with teachers in observing their classrooms, coaching them in their teaching, and organizing professional development seminars and workshops. Through your service and professional endeavors, you will have opportunities to improve the lives of teachers and their students, and make known the love of Christ in China through the building of meaningful and lasting relationships.
What You’ll be doing
- Working with an ESEC team to serve schools and education districts by creating English teacher development strategies, developing implementation plans and executing on-site trainings. - Planning and implementing English teacher training seminars and workshops, providing tips and strategies on making class time more engaging and effective. - Training and mentoring school or district lead teachers to become teacher trainers. - Developing classroom and program assessment tools. - Training coworkers in teaching methodology. - Providing consultation in improving the organization’s effectiveness of teacher development. - Giving demonstration English lessons for K-12 classes to model engaging student-centered learning. - Occasionally writing short articles or reports, or giving presentations for promotion of ESEC’s field activities.
Desired Skills and Exprience
- K-12 teaching certification, with specialization in TESOL or English/Language Arts preferred, with at least 7 years of classroom experience. - Extensive experience in the realm of teacher training or teacher mentoring/coaching. - Ability to evaluate English education programs and teacher’s professional development. - Ability to work under pressure and adapt quickly to a new environment. - Ability to work independently with minimum supervision and administrative support. - Understanding of Asian culture/language and experience in education administration a plus.
Examples of Work Responsibilities
Though seasonal, on average, ESEC runs anywhere between 1 and 4 teaching programs per month in different cities around China, of varying length depending on the local/program needs and the organization’s calendar. Your monthly assignment may include 1 or 2 weekend trainings/workshops per month and your travel outside of Beijing might total from 5-20 days per month. Being in good health and eager to travel is required for this position. A typical full month of work might include one 7-day school district visit with one of ESEC’s local education bureau partners, one weekend teacher training/conference, and/or one 9-day English teacher training program. During a teaching program, a typical day might include 3-5 hours of classroom/instructional time, and 2-4 hours of preparation /office work time.
- Passport holder of native-English speaking country (U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand), due to China work visa restrictions. - A strong desire to serve and see teachers succeed and thrive. - A minimum of a 1-year commitment (a 2-year commitment is desired).
- 8,000-15,000 RMB per month (depending on qualifications and experience) - Housing provided, according to good local living standards - Chinese health insurance provided - Round-trip economy airfare from home to China (per year) - All Chinese National Holidays are observed and considered paid leave
JOB OPENINGS: ENGLISH LANGUAGE FACILITATOR Joining our Facilitating Team
As a language facilitator, you would lead dynamic conversational group activities in the English teacher training classroom, teach about American culture and Christian values, and spend individual time with teachers outside the classroom. ESEC’s teacher training sessions take place in locations throughout China, which means a facilitator could
experience a wide range of the cultures, foods, and landscapes China has to offer. Through your service and professional endeavors, you will have opportunities to improve the lives of teachers and their students, and to make known the love of Christ in China through the building of meaningful and lasting relationships.
What You’ll be doing
- Modeling student-centered learning activities in the classroom, using our ready-made program lesson plans and materials. - Equipping teachers to apply student-centered learning and higher-order thinking methods in their own classroom. - Facilitating lively conversational activities. - Motivating English teachers with love and encouragement. - Sharing knowledge of Western culture in and out of the classroom. - Working with the team to develop lessons based on new research and information. - Assisting Education Specialists in creating training materials and providing teacher coaching for longterm projects.
- Bachelor’s degree in any subject (Education preferred) - Passport holder of an English speaking country such as USA, Canada, Australia, U.K, New Zealand. - Have a heart to serve Christ - Possess a positive attitude - Have the ability to collaborate in a team environment and the ability to adjust to last minute changes as necessary. - Being in good health and eager to travel is required for this position. - At least 1 year of English language training experience.
- 5000-8000 RMB/month stipend (depending on qualifications and responsibilities) - Housing and utilities provided - Round-trip economy airfare from home to China (per year) - Chinese health insurance - Training provided
Examples of Work Responsibilities
Though seasonal, on average, ESEC runs anywhere between 1 and 4 teaching programs per month in different cities around China, of varying length depending on the local/program needs and the organization’s calendar. Your monthly assignment may include 1 or 2 weekend trainings/workshops per month and your travel outside of Beijing might total from 5-20 days per month. Being in good health and eager to travel is required for this position. A typical full month of work might include one 7-day school district visit with one of ESEC’s local education bureau partners, one weekend teacher training/conference, and/or one 9-day English teacher training program. During a teaching program, a typical day might include 3-5 hours of classroom/instructional time, and 2-4 hours of preparation/office work time.
How to Apply
Please go to our website to complete the online application: www.esec.org or contact Ms. Emily Reuter at ESEC’s Recruitment Office: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or general Inquiries:
YOUR COMPASSION, JOY AND LOVE MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF YOUR STUDENTS
TIP SUMMER 2018 & SHORT-TERM
had a very blessed time serving at TIP together as a family. We all can personally look back at a wonderful time where each one of us could use their own special talents to contribute to the classes at TIP. I personally did not think about the depth of what the relations with the students would do to me. Yesterday (2 weeks after arriving back home) I looked again at pictures of my class and tears just appeared from nowhere. I can truly say: I love these people
- Bianca Alumni TIP Summer Facilitator
JOIN OUR TEAM THIS SUMMER IN BUILDING BRIDGES OF LOVE THROUGH TEACHING
TIP SUMMER 2018 July Session July 7 - July 29
TIP SUMMER SESSIONS
In just a few weeks you’re able to build relationships with hundreds of Chinese English teachers from all over China while teaching conversational English, engaging in games and culture lessons.
Other Short-term Openings
August Session July 30 - August 21
WHO SHOULD JOIN?
Serving in one of TIP’s summer sessions is a good fit for a wide variety of people. We welcome college students or grads, families and church groups, mid-career and retirees, etc. No professional teaching experience required.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
Week of training, team building & some sightseeing. Your lesson plans are provided. As a volunteer, you are responsible for the cost of airfare and visa. Housing on the university campus is provided at no cost.
Spring, Fall & Winter
NOT AVAILABLE IN THE SUMMER?
We would love to welcome you to join our team for one or multiple sessions throughout the year. A short-term commitment includes a week of training & time to go sightseeing. Free university campus housing is also provided + an airfare scholarship of $750 USD can be made available for those that commit to serving with us for a minimum of 2 months.
Please contact us or visit: www.esec.org
CONNECT WITH US Danny Yu
ESEC USA OFFICE
Founder and President, ESEC E: email@example.com T: (+1) 626-807-1558
9B, NORTH FOURTH STREET Alhambra, CA 91801, USA E:firstname.lastname@example.org T: (+1) 818-583-6830
TIP TRAINING CAMPUS OFFICE Peking University, Changping Campus
Director of Mobilization & Recruitment E: email@example.com T: (+1) 626-975-0187
(Near Xishankou Subway) Changping, Beijing, China