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I know there is going to be a real backlash to this post and I want it – trust me, but it’s just that I have met quite a few people in the western world both teachers and students and people hwo know both who have all said one sad thing – that the quality of the school they go to isn’t what they expected.
You may be a language teacher or student who have worked or studied in the western world with your English and may fervently disagree and I want you to prove me wrong, but I just want to share today what some people have said. Please be aware that I am not talking about University language schools here, I am talking about private language schools. So here we go:
The ESL teachers have said:
- The school facilities are not of high quality or with modern teaching aids
- The salaries are low
- The ESL teacher status in the western world is at the bottom of the heap in terms of jobs
- The school owners are more interested in making money than creating quality
- The school owners themselves are not native speakers and have created the school because they have links with their own countries. So their focus is not on quality ESL product it is more about being able to recruit the students.
The ESL students have said:
- The teachers are not committed.
- The teachers are not good.
- The schools promise trips etc and they don’t deliver.
- The schools only care about getting your cash not the quality of the course.
- The students feel lonely when they get to the new country as there is limited social activity created by the school.
It seems strange to me that someone would get into business and not care about their customer, but sadly it is true not just for this business but any business. In fact it could be even easier for the language school in the native English country to take for granted that the student is just over the moon that they are being taught by a native speaker and/or just excited to be in a native English country.
The truth is that ESL students, like any customer, have expectations of what they have bought and particularly if the school promises something, they expect it to be delivered.
The other truth is that sadly in these countries ESL teachers really are considered second grade professionals, both in terms of the salaries they receive and the hours they are given.
Here is a big shout out to the ESL business to pull their socks up and really do a great job. Business is business and if you do what you promise, the sky is the limit.
Am I speaking the truth here? Or have I got a somewhat skewed view here? Let me know.