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Spontaneous Learning Centre - Taiwan

 
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sheridan



Joined: 15 Mar 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2003 1:22 am    Post subject: Spontaneous Learning Centre - Taiwan Reply with quote

Does anybody out there know anything about this school?

They responded very quickly to an ad I posted and have interviewed me by phone.

They sounded very positive about my application and interview and I would like some independent advice before I accept / decline an offer.

I look forward to advice from all you Taiwan vets.
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WorkingVaca



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2003 3:23 am    Post subject: Suspicious Reply with quote

I interviewed with them but walked out. They basically didn't ask me any questions, just shoved a contract at me to sign. All the work is on-call, and they'll want you on-call 24-7. The contract has a place for you to fill in your schedule and they'll tell you to leave it blank: "Oh, we do that for you." The pay wasn't anything to get worked up over either--about 500NT/hour I think. There were some other loopholes in the contract I can't remeber. AND, they had about 3 other newly-arrived foreigners in the office filling out applications too. I just got a bad vibe, so I said thanks and left.
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Aristotle



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
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Location: Taiwan

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2003 4:41 am    Post subject: Working Outside of Taipei Reply with quote

Be advised that the labor situation outside of Taipei is very different from the capital. Taipei is considered by some to be almost a civilized place to live. They even enforce some of the laws here.
The rest of the Taiwan is, for the most part, a lawless island. In Taipei you may have some rights and job security. Central Taiwan on the other hand, is not for the uninitiated.
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sheridan



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2003 5:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you to WorkingVaca and Aristotle for your advice. I will take care before signing any contract.

Aristotle - Do you know the location of the Spontaneous Learning Centre?

I have checked my emails and realize that none of them state the location of this school.

Mr Kwok, my interviewer, did state that it was a school not one of a chain and, if my memory serves me well, he mentioned Taipei.

If you know anything to the contary or can confirm the location, please reply.

Thanks again.
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Aristotle



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2003 5:38 am    Post subject: Names Change Reply with quote

Many Schools will change the English Name of the school after getting a bad reputation for themselves. If you can get the address, I can run it through our data base for a match. Or the Chinese name, as that is much more difficult to change.
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sheridan



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2003 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Aristotle

I have sent an email asking for the address of the school and await their reply.

I only have an email address - eslinspontaneous@asia.com.

Is this any use?
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sheridan



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2003 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you again to Aristotle and Workingvaca for your help. I have decided not to accept the position with the Spontaneous Learning Centre and I have accepted a position in Gifu, Japan. I may yet get to Taiwan as I expect to be teaching EFL for a long time.
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