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Executive Language Center in Moscow?

 
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tuco



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:38 pm    Post subject: Executive Language Center in Moscow? Reply with quote

Is anyone familiar with that language school?
I tried using the search function, but didn't manage to find anything...

This is their website: www.exlang.ru/
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teacher X



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a bazillion schools in Moscow, all with professional sounding names and unprofessional work procedures.
I've never heard of this school, but I would guess that they are offering the same as every other school. You'll be thrown into a class with no real knowledge of what's going on. It's likely that you're students will be misgraded and you'll have a mixed ability class.

In Moscow, the important thing is that they get as many students in a class as possible and then take their money. The teaching/learning aspect is pretty low down the list of important things to pay attention to.

Your best bet is to email the school and find out what they have to offer you and then decide whether it's worth the hassle.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Find out how much they are offering per 45 mins. Below 800, forget it.

The rest is just detail...
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teacher X



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sasha managed to compress my whole paragraph into one concise point.
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Peg Leg Pete



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:41 am    Post subject: Avoid Reply with quote

Don't touch them with a barge pole.

What do they offer? Low salary. No visa support so you would be working illegally - as the guy in charge does himself. No housing support.

Always check your salary (paid under the table) as it's always less than is owed.

Cowboy outfit run by a genuine cowboy. Yee-hah!
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tuco



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sashadroogie wrote:
Find out how much they are offering per 45 mins. Below 800, forget it.

The rest is just detail...


I found an agency that offered me to teach private students at their home for 1200 rubles (two academic hours). They pay native teachers 2000 rubles for the same service, but claim they won't be able to advertise me as a native speaker because of my Russian-sounding name and fluency in spoken Russian. Do you think this is too low an offer, considering I don't have any teaching experience aside from some Skype lessons?
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know the agency, don't know what your name is. None of that should matter, as 600 an hour in the clients' location is far below the basic rate. Say no.

Speaking Russian should not be an impediment to teaching English. Sounds like agency wool-pulling to me. Forget them.

You do not need to answer this publicly, but what is your nationality? Are you a native speaker of English? Rightly or wrongly, the market here pays native speakers more than Russians, regardless of 'Russian-sounding names'. Personally, I think it is unfair to the many, many highly capable Russian teachers out there, but that is no reason for anyone to be misled by an agency.

Just put an ad in the local websites. You'll get plenty of better offers than that low rate.

Good luck.
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