My name is Paul Sparks and taught English abroad for 4
years. I have now returned home to the UK after travelling and teaching English in China from September 2001 to July 2005.
I taught English in two different
cities: Xiangtan in Hunan province and Nanning in Guangxi.
This website contains photos of my time in China as well as many of the
lesson plans I developed during my time teaching abroad.
My Teaching History:
English Teacher: Hunan University of Science & Technology,
Xiangtan City, Hunan Province
(Sept 2004 - June 2005) Teaching Oral English.
English Teacher: Xiangtan University, Xiangtan
City, Hunan Province
(Sept 2002 - June 2003) Teaching Postgraduate Oral English.
English Teacher: Xiangtan Normal
University, Xiangtan City, Hunan Province
(Sept 2001 - June 2002) Teaching Business English Conversation and
Culture of English Speaking Countries.
Education and Qualifications:
MSc Electronic Commerce
of Sunderland Computer School
Modules Studies: Web Interaction Design, Web Engineering, Introduction to
E-Commerce, Research/Ethical/Legal Issues, E-Commerce Information Systems,
Risk Assessment for System Change, Leading Edge Applications, Tools and
BABA (HONS) Business Administration
(Sept 1997 – June 1998
Modules Studied: Advertising & Promotion, Comparative Corporate Law,
Capacity Management, Dissertation, European Community Law, Innovation &
Product Design, Marketing of Services, Materials Management, Quality
Management, Strategic Management.
BTEC Higher National Certificate Business
& Finance (Sept 1994 – June 1996)
of Sunderland Business School
(2 Years Part Time) Modules Studied: Business Environment, Business Organisation, Business Micro
Computing, Business Techniques & Operations, Introduction to Management,
Management Law, Operations Management, Principles & Concepts of
Marketing, Systems Specialism.
BTEC National Diploma Business & Finance
(Sep 1992 – June 1994)
New College, Framwellgate Moor Centre, Durham
Modules Studied: Administrative Support, Administrative Systems, Behaviour
at Work, Business Environment, Business Information Technology, Business
Law, Business Statistics, Business Structures & Goals, Financial
Resources, Human Resources, Innovation & Change, International
Marketing, Marketing Process, Personnel Policies & Procedures, Physical
NVQ Level 2 Retailing, City & Guilds
Modules Studied: Providing a Service to the Customer, Maintenance of Health
& Safety, Good Housekeeping in Work Routines, Maintaining Relationships
in Workplace, Handling Stock, Processing the Sale, Achieving a Sale,
Communications within the Organisation, Dealing with Complaints, Displaying
& Merchandising Stock, Create & Maintain Database.