Moderator: Tempo Gain
bigduke6 wrote:Interpol wrote::fume:
Like to share an experience that just happened to me within the last week.
I'd been teaching IELTS classes at DELL adults' cram school on Zhongshan Rd (sorry if it's the wrong spelling) in Kaohsiung, for a year or so. I'd been told to expect a new class beginning Tuesday this week, running for the standard 12 week cycle. At the very last minute: late Monday night, I get a text telling me the class had been postponed, due to low numbers. I was bit miffed at the late call, but these things happen. I went to work there on Wednesday evening as usual, and in passing ask about the IELTS class start date, told to expect it to start "very soon".
Later at home I checked my Facebook account and found a message from an IELTS student -from DELL- asking me why I quit teaching that class, and wishing me all the best, etc. Then, it dawns on me...Next, day I called them, and, politely at first, demand an explanation. First I got the standard b/s until finally I got an admission that "someone had lied" to me about the whole thing; not the person on the phone (name's Mona), who had in fact, been the one who told me.
So that was the thanks I got for showing up 45 mins early for every class; doing placement interviews for free during my unpaid prep time, and staying behind after class to discuss the test with students. This is my warning to the unwary, and also to Mark, my replacement, whoever he may be.
Standard operating procedure.
kingjames1 wrote:I have never before taught ESL in Taiwan. just wondering about some schools. HESS is the largest buxiban on the island. I have heard that they would be place to teach only as last resort... is that about correct? giraffe language school... can anyone give first hand experience? same with abraham academy.
bismarck wrote:Well done, mate. You handled it much better than I would have. Unfortunately, a lot of these Laobans seem to think more and more that as there is a dearth of teachers we can now be treated like House Slaves. F*ck them. You did the right thing.
Bu Lai En wrote:Or you could have gone on to give a demo about professional ethics and manners in the workplace (with an example of how not to tell a bitch to go fuck herself).
finley wrote:You might want to amuse yourself with the thought that she probably considers herself a shrewd and clever businesswoman (no doubt it was she who designed the questionnaire questions too).
mups wrote:1. c) Argue with the school and demand my pay be lowered (as punishment for my greediness).
2. c) Impossible, I am a robot.
3. c) Miss no time, walk into class carrying my own detached arm, ask for forgiveness regarding my disheveled appearance.
tomthorne wrote:That's harsh, Akisan2. I feel for you, but at least the potential employer was upfront about it. I did a demo once and the Taiwanese boss observed me with a TA. As soon as he saw me he stood up and walked out. The TA then went through the motions of watching my demo and interviewing me afterwards. Of course they weren't going to employ me because they thought I was too old. At least in your case they didn't waste too much of your time. TEFL in Taiwan is a funny old game.