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Q: Which is The Best & The Worst English School To Teach For In Beijing?

And before you answer, I am talking about REAL schools with REAL licenses. My guess is that maybe one-third of all these "schools" and "training centers" are bogus because they always try to say "We are affiliated with Tsinghua, or Baby MBA," or some big company in the west but don't have squat to prove it.  ALso consider the following when you answer:

 

*  Working Hours & Days

*  Salary Paid vs. Salary Promised

*  Do they steal your lesson plans

*  Unpaid Overtime

*  Unpaid Bonuses

*  Visa support provided Vs. visa support provided

*  How long in business?

*  Have you see a real license (original - not copies)

 

Also say how long yu worked there and whether the company is owned by Chinese or foreigners.

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If you really want to teach in China be prepared to be exploited and cheated.  I found these tips for foreign teachers that I think are right on the money.  I no longer teach due to all the aggravation and BS I went through trying to find one decent employer.  Had I seen these red flags three years ago, I would have saved a lot of grief and money... http://www.cleverchinacheaters.com/2012/09/avoiding-china-employment-traps.html

Because there are so many foreign teachers queing up for jobs here, I think the schools just milk us for all we can and then discard us like a used tampon knowing there will be ten new resumes in their inbox the next day.

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That's a mighty short list. I just looked on-line and found over 1,872 English Schools in Beijing!  I think we can eliminate most of them by their Western Wannabe names like

 

"Berlitzo English",  "Wall Street Best English", "Happy American English", and check this out "Perfect No Accent English School".   Where do they get these crazy names?

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Whatever. Just throw me a bone to chew on while you rant.

 
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That's a mighty short list. I just looked on-line and found over 1,872 English Schools in Beijing!  I think we can eliminate most of them by their Western Wannabe names like

 

"Berlitzo English",  "Wall Street Best English", "Happy American English", and check this out "Perfect No Accent English School".   Where do they get these crazy names?

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Whatever. Just throw me a bone to chew on while you rant.

 
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If you really want to teach in China be prepared to be exploited and cheated.  I found these tips for foreign teachers that I think are right on the money.  I no longer teach due to all the aggravation and BS I went through trying to find one decent employer.  Had I seen these red flags three years ago, I would have saved a lot of grief and money... http://www.cleverchinacheaters.com/2012/09/avoiding-china-employment-traps.html

Because there are so many foreign teachers queing up for jobs here, I think the schools just milk us for all we can and then discard us like a used tampon knowing there will be ten new resumes in their inbox the next day.

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I was just told by a government guy I met at a bar last night that there is a web site and email at the Ministry of Commerce where you can actually check to see if a a company is properly licensed and WHAT they are licensed to do. HE said the licenses are really specific in China - for example you need a different (more expensive license) to open a spa that the license you need for a foot massage or beauty parlor. Knowing this, I would be willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that all these alleged "schools" and "training centers" that actually do have a license, are probably licensed to do something totally unrelated to education.

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I want to add Key Logic to the list of worst employers in Beijing - They trick us foreign teachers into preparing 5 or 6 ppts for "Upcoming Classes" and then ask us to rehearse the class for approval. They also want to "approve" the ppts. They don't tell you but they video tape your demo and then copy your ppt and put THEIR name on it.  They also take photos of you giving the demo. Those "upcoming" courses are then taught by Chinese teachers using YOUR lesson plans and ppts!  If you catch them they will tell you on of two things... 1)  The client insisted on a bi-lingual; teacher  or 2) They client decided they could not afford a foreign teacher!!!   Its BS - they just want to keep the extra money and don't have their own teaching materials.  They also print copies of foreign textbooks and then put THEIR name on the cover. WHat a bunch of thieves!

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