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November 07, 2007

Q and A: What if my school goes under?

Hello Readers,

If you haven't already read about the hundreds of EFL teachers who have been left jobless in Japan, then go to the following story about it now: http://education.guardian.co.uk/tefl/story/0,,2201190,00.html.

In relation to this story, this month's question is from Sarah. She asks:

Dear ESL Lesson Plan,

I've been working as an EFL teacher in Japan for over a year now. Up until this month, I had no problems with them whatsoever. However, last month's pay is now a couple of days late ...

... and I'm starting to wonder if they are also going to close down like NOVA did last month. Do you think I'm overreacting? What should I do?


Dear Sarah,

I always think that it's better to be safe than sorry, especially when you are in a vulnerable position in another country away from your friends and family. If you are really worried about it, start looking for another job, make sure your school does not have anything you need (e.g., your passport), and contact the embassy to see if they have any information about your school. On the other hand, a couple of days is not incredibly late, so if you can afford to wait a few days, you might find that it was simply a little hiccup.

If you are one of the hundreds of British citizens who have lost their jobs at Nova in Japan, go to the following website for advice: http://www.uknow.or.jp/be_e/embassy_news/E000644.htm.

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a Head teacher, an Education Manager, and a Material Development Manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in Reading, England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at November 7, 2007 08:56 AM

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