|Robin Kestrel |
Danny's not here, Mrs. Torrance.
|Caminante Nocturno |
It's supposed to say parasite.
You goddamn fossil of a website.
When I saw the preview image there was a moment when I thought the little face was The Rock. -1 because it isn't.
Damn. The preload image had me reaching for my credit card. Cleft Palate Foundation is bleeding me dry.
This will haunt me forever. Five stars.
|Jet Bin Fever |
It's funny how they always advertise "native" English speakers, as if that gives it legitimacy or means that they can teach.
Maybe Japanese parents expect that their kid will learn the basics easily and pronunciation is then the most important part
As an English Teacher in China, and peviously in Korea and Thailand, I can say with a fair bit of confidence that the entire industry is a scam. You do get some earnest teachers that are qualified and do some good, but for the most part you get one of two types:
1. folks right out of college taking this as a working holiday. They don't know what they are doing, but at least they often mean well. Most stick to it for two years.
2. Sad old men, usually divorcees, that have found they can't get along in their home country so they give it a go in another, only to find that they hate it here too.
I fall into a mix between the two. I started after college, I've been stuck in the industry for too long and returning to the states is problematic without saving a large amount of starter cash, which I'm still in the process of saving. I'm working now for one of the better companies, but the vast majority of ratbag outfits continue to hire anyone with a pulse that is from a native English speaking country, regardless of teaching credentials or experience.
Still, students DO typically learn enough English to become conversational so long as they put the effort in to it, so one can still be one of the good guys in this gig, it's more a question of 'do they need to be?' I have advised a few students (I teach adults, not kids) to get refunds because they will never need it and barely want to do it, many sign up just to be trendy or due to parental pressure (yes, in China, the adults still do what their folks say to the letter until they are at least out of 'marriage age'.)
TL;DR: Most schools are scams, most teachers are weirdos or kids themselves, some are good but not enough, results are real but not really needed.
Jet Bin Fever
That backs up a lot of what I already thought about this stuff. I've had friends that did it too, and it just seemed like a long, paid vacation. They accomplished exactly nothing towards their life in the states, they were just in Japan for a long time, drinking Chu-hai and trying to pick up girls. Seemed really depressing to me, but I'm in medical school so how is that any less depressing? Haha.
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