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njs7t3



Joined: 30 Aug 2012
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Location: Moscow, Russia

PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:58 pm    Post subject: BAC Moscow Reply with quote

I have been offered a position at the British Academic Center in Moscow. They are offering 40k rub/mo and accommodation for 30 hrs/wk. Any thoughts? The interviewer couldn't tell me exactly where the accommodation would be (not that I would've gleaned anything from those details anyway) other than that it would be about 40 min from the school on the same metro line. So...any thoughts? Any tips on living in Moscow? What should I definitely ask the school before signing this contract?
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Sashadroogie



Joined: 17 Apr 2007
Posts: 11061
Location: Moskva, The Workers' Paradise

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know anything about them, but their website is a swish affair. But it includes an awful lot of marketing nonsense - 'We teach students to think in English' and the like.

Anyway, like your other post, get firm details on how accommodation is organised. You don't want to be stuck somewhere which entails a mini-bus to the last station of the metro and then a long train trip to Pushkinskaya, where their school is in the centre.

Questions to ask:

1. How may Young Learners classes likely? Teens too?

2. Off-site teaching? Distances involved? Early in the morning?

3. Visa status? Teacher visa, or Work visa?

4. Contract - Russian language only is valid - can you see it?

5. Teacher support? Workshops, seminars, observations?

6. Get firm info about arrangement for accommodation. How is it done?

7. Airport pick-up? This is really important!


Seems like a fairly typical McSchool operation - but I hasten to add that I have not worked for them, and know nothing about them first-hand.

Maybe ask to speak to a teacher currently working there?

Best of luck!
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njs7t3



Joined: 30 Aug 2012
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Location: Moscow, Russia

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although my first real job offer was exciting, I doubt I'll be taking a position at this school. The interviewer claimed that the residence was on the same Metro line as the school, which I took to mean one train and I'd be there. Again, probably naive, and yes, I'd need to nail down details.

They said that I would not be working with young learners, and while they asked about exam prep and business English experience, they also gave me no indication that I would be teaching those types of classes.

I didn't know that there was a teacher visa separate from the traditional work visa. Another question I'll need to ask.

I received a contract in English, but since I can't read Cyrillic, I'm not sure how much good the Russian copy would do me...unless someone here would be kind enough to read it for me? I can certainly ask for one.

I have no idea about teacher support. My assumption was that there would be very little, as this is (as you mentioned) clearly a lower-end offer from a McSchool.

Airport pickup was assured in the English contract that I received. I suppose I should confirm that.

I'm getting more and more set on Russia...I'll keep working to apply for other positions. Again, if anyone has any relevant contacts, or knows of any schools that are currently hiring, please let me know.
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smithrn1983



Joined: 23 Jul 2010
Posts: 320
Location: Moscow

PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've known a few people who have worked with BAC. They've got branches all over Moscow, and Moscow region. It seems that whether you have a good or bad experience with them will largely depend on which branch you wind up at. This is not unusual for the McSchools, really.

As for accommodation, I don't know anyone in Moscow who only has to use one metro line to get to work. It seems to be the nature of the business here that people teach at multiple locations. Please correct me if I'm wrong. That said, Moscow probably has THE most efficient metro system in the world, so you really don't need to worry about changing metro lines in the first place.
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njs7t3



Joined: 30 Aug 2012
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Except, of course, for the fact that I can't read Cyrillic.
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Nexus



Joined: 08 Mar 2004
Posts: 189
Location: Moscow

PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seriously, it won't take more than a week or two to get used to it.
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Sashadroogie



Joined: 17 Apr 2007
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Location: Moskva, The Workers' Paradise

PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Metro stations signage is the best way to learn the letters! Two weeks tops!
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ComradeBL



Joined: 28 Aug 2010
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Location: 'stan!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Confer that Cyrillic isn't terribly difficult...far greater logic than the Latin alphabet...
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coledavis



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You must learn to read. But it doesn't take long.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some letters are the same as the Lati