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Volume 28 No 2 49 English Australia Journal DELTA-trainer friend who said: ‘ Those who have only taught in China are hell to get through the Diploma.’ This is because, as discussed, Westerners may be pressured to develop as entertainers rather than as teachers. While this does not imply that China-experienced Western teachers should be avoided altogether (there are plenty of perfectly good Western teachers working in China), such teacher job applications require careful scrutiny. This article has examined some implications of recent TESOL research from China for English language providers and, indeed, other international education providers, in Australia and in other destination countries. My findings are that what Chinese students want may be rather different than has previously been assumed, and that their wants are borne of a complex mixture of constructions of ‘the West’ and a culture of learning that values product over process. Insights are offered into the nature and origins of these desires and solutions have been suggested at the level of classroom and staffroom. REFERENCES Alborn, D. M. (1992). Crimping and Shanghaiing on the Columbia River. Oregon Historical Quarterly, 93(3), 262-291. Australian Education International. (2012). Monthly Summary of International Student Enrolment Data – Australia – YTD October 2012. Retrieved from https://aei.gov.au/research/International-Student-Data/Pages/InternationalStudentData 2012.aspx Bjorning-Gyde, M., & Doogan, F. (2004, 24-28 May). TEFL practice and reform in China: Learning, adapting, succeeding, creating. Paper presented at the The 2nd International Conference of IATEFL China, Tonghua, China. Brick, J. (2004). China: A handbook in intercultural communication. Sydney: NCELTR. Bruner, E. (2005). Culture on tour: Ethnographies of travel. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Chen, J. (2008). Education not delivering ‘results’. China Daily. Retrieved from http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-03/25/content_6561947.htm Cheng, L. (2008). The key to success: English language testing in China. Language Testing, 25(1), 15-37. Cheng, X. (2002). Chinese EFL students' cultures of learning. In C. Lee & W. Littlewood (Eds.), Culture, communication and language pedagogy (pp. 103-116). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Baptist University Press. China Daily. (2006, 25 May). Tsinghua professor calls for abolition of CET. China Daily, p. 17.
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English Australia Journal 28.1