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I heard that private language schools can no longer find native speakers to teach English in Poland because Poland is no longer considered exotic enough.
It's really hard right now. I advertised for teachers not long ago and most of the replies were from university students from non-English speaking third world countries.
The good teachers tend to get inundated with offers and the bad ones don't have to hawk their cvs around quite as much as before.
Also I've been getting applications from Poles who've lived in America for five or ten years and say they are native speakers. Fine if they actually are (but the clients don't alays agree) but not so fine if they can speak English but aren't actually professional teachers.
Yep. It's very difficult for a language school to attract true native speakers now. I don't know if this is because Poland is no longer exotic or whether it's because fewer people are interested in the TEFL thing.
One school I know of was so desperate for a native speaker teacher that they just re-employed one who left under a very dark cloud a few years previously.
Original Mark (if you're reading) ... 'Dim Tim' is back working for KM. Unbelievable!
Poland probably seems too everyday for a teaching job, now that so many Englishmen come to Poland on cheap 2 hour flights. Poland is the place to get drunk cheaply and screw the Polish women who hang around bars in Krakow, not to teach!
Teaching types probably head further afield - Japan, China, Russia, maybe.
From an American TESOLer's point of view, the salary (even in a private school) vs. cost of living just isn't enough to justify the hassles. From what I've seen and heard from Americans is that unless there is some other mitigating factor (spose/family) why bother? Especially with all of the red tape and the crappy administration in a lot of private schools.
Simon or The Original Mark - Do you think it's so bad Malcolm could come back? He literally taught himself out of every institution in the city....
Times are hard, it's true. The situation in ZG is similar. I now do examining for the Cambridge Exams and I'm the onlt native in Lubuski (as far as I know). At the training sessions in Poznan, there are 3 of us including the regional co-ordinator.
Malcolm - now there's a blast from the past. Inside his first couple of weeks, he'd told me that he likes his pornography to be 'a bit different'. The week after, he'd told a 13 year old she had 'really lovely legs'. If he does roll back into town, it'll be a case of l'lock up your daughters'. If anyone knows/remembers his surname, can you email me? Don't put it up on the board though.
As for Tim not nice but dim, well, what can one say. I think it says as much about the employer as it does the employee, to be fair.
wildphelps - have we met?
I now do examining for the Cambridge Exams and I'm the only native in Lubuski (as far as I know).
Malcolm ... I only know of him by reputation (via Mark). But he does indeed sound like a complete tosspot. My personal favourite was a guy called Juergen - a German native speaker teacher at the same school. Probably the German equivalent of Malcolm.
As for Tim not nice but dim, well, what can one say. I think it says as much about the employer as it does the employee, to be fair. True. I've already heard disgruntled murmurings about his "style" ...
does that mean you are too? Guess you don't come under Poznan then...?
At the Szczecin centre.
Yes, sorry, about my use of cryptic(ish) smilies. Szczecin - ever since my departure from KMs.
T.O.M. - I meet you once a long time ago: I was with Gavin and Dougal on the way to a pub, and we bumped into you near Letnia. I heard a lot of things about Malcolm (one crazy story regarding whores which he confirmed once when I was stuck with him at a pub), warned a few teenage female students about him, and tried to avoid him whenever possible. If half of what the MacPherson lads told me about Malcolm was true, he is a perverted git (to use some Britishisms).
Have you had a look at the new multiplex / shopping centre, yet?
Haven't had the chance to get to the new shopping centre yet, but I daresay I will, what with Christmas coming and all that. Is it any good? Or just a bigger version of Panorama?
Any news from Dougal? I met him about 3 years ago now and he was doing well. Keeping my fingers crossed for him.
It seems to me that teaching English is going to the dogs. I'm glad I've finally managed to get out and will now happing stick to my Remote Controls
...And Si - Szczecin wasn't in Lubuski last time I looked
Ah, that's quite correct, but I am .
Haven't been to the shopping centre yet. I plan to have a look sometime this week.
Can you imagine if Malcolm made it as a Cambridge examiner?
Part 1 (Personal information)
"So Ola - have you got a boyfriend? What do you like to do with your boyfriend?" [hands disappear under table, table starts to shudder...]
Part 2 (Individual Long Turn)
"Now I'm going to show you two pictures. They show young girls in various states of undress. Please show them to Anna. Nice aren't they Anna? Do you like wearing underwear like that? MMMMM! Ok, well I'll give you your pictures in a moment, don't you worry.
Now Ola, I'd like you to compare and contrast these pictures, saying which of the girls you would like to join you and me in a threesome. You only have one minute for this, unfortunately, so make it good.
Part 3 (Problem Solving)
Now, girls, I'd like you to work on each other now, I mean work together now for three minutes. I'm just going to watch - I mean listen. Sorry...
I'd like you to imagine that your parents are going away for the weekend and that they've allowed you to stay home with a few friends. All girls toghther, like [salivates]. I'd like you to imagine that you find these items whilst going through your parents' drawers. I'd like you to discuss which of the 'items' you'd be most excited about finding, and which ones you would want for yourselves, and which ones you'd like to share with your young friends... [hands disappear again].
Part 4 (Extended Discussion)
So then Ania, did you enjoy that, did you? Do you enjoy a bit of role-play?
Ola, which part of your body does your boyfriend like best?
Things are serious indeed!
I was in the new shopping center today. Much nicer than Panorama. In fact it seems like a smaller version of Poznan's Stary Browar. There was a mix of shops from middle to high end. I wonder how some of those shops will be doing in February/March after the holidays are over.