Fenglan (Lany) Li
International Exchange Centre
Professor Thomas works closely with CEAIE
to ensure the best teaching placements
A note from Professor Phil Thomas:
“I spent many years as a young scholar teaching and studying
overseas, principally in the USA and Africa. Those times are indelible
memories and they shaped me both as a person and as a law lecturer.
It is my own life experiences that drew me into establishing the
TEIC programme with the CEAIE and later with Lany at the International Exchange Centre.
“Although settled in Wales for many years I continued to
travel the globe as a visiting scholar and also as an ambassador
for my university law school. A couple of years ago, upon retirement,
I was introduced to CEAIE and invited to recruit appropriate graduates
to teach English in schools, colleges and universities in China.
This was to be done independently of my university activities.
“My immediate concerns included the security and welfare
of the teachers, the status of the Chinese agency and the assurance
that appropriate local support would be provided for the teachers.
As a frequent traveller to China and Asia I am aware of potential
hazards and I was clearly of the opinion that unless I had total
confidence in the Chinese partner, I would not risk my reputation
nor the safety of the teachers I would be recruiting. So, before
agreeing to become involved, I visited their office in Beijing.
Also, Lany has over 20 years experience in placing teachers
in Hunan Province.
“I was pleasantly surprised and totally satisfied with the
organisation and, in particular, with the commitment of the staff.
They are efficient English speakers who are keen to make the programme
work for all concerned. The staff are "civil servants"
employed by a non-profit making organisation affiliated to the Ministry
of Education. Esther runs this programme in
China. She has excellent spoken English and is responsible for arranging
placement, documentation processing, the work visa, the meet and
greet arrival programme and welfare support in China. I am responsible
locally for recruitment, interviewing, collection and dispatch of
the required documentation to Beijing.
“Our principal concern is that of the teachers, not of profit,
and this distinguishes us from other apparently similar programmes.
TEIC is a small, friendly, hopefully efficient programme driven
by the welfare of the teachers and the English language needs of
young Chinese; it’s that simple, and I think the words of
our teachers speak for themselves. All the pictures that you see
on this website were taken by the teachers. We are what we are and
hopefully we are providing a win-win experience for all concerned. We
do not chase enquiries and hopefully that reflects the ethos of TEIC.
The next step will be taken by you not us.
“If you, your family or friends want to know more about the
programme then please contact me either by email or phone. I will
be pleased to hear from you.”