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...hoping for some feedback on Berlitz/Frankfurt

 
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Rusty77



Joined: 27 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 7:23 pm    Post subject: ...hoping for some feedback on Berlitz/Frankfurt Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I'm fairly new to this board. I haven't been teaching in Germany yet, but have been teaching in another European country for the past year. I've applied to Berlitz in Frankfurt, and already had a very pleasant telephone interview. The director sounded like he'd be a great person to work for, and he mentioned that indeed it is possible for a non-EU passport holder to work in Germany teaching English, and to get a fair share of hours. I'm seriously thinking about heading over there.
Any opinions on the school, the city, or on the teaching climate in Germany (which I've heard is not great, given the recession) would be greatly appreciated.

Rusty
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crashartist1



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you ever have any interest in teaching outside of Berlitz, then don't go there. The system is horrible there business classes are a joke. Does anyone know if Peter Crawford turned Audio Performance around? They have their 'own' joking...er., I mean teaching method that is pretty much useless anyhow. Go get a TEFL, if you have to work there go ahead and do it to get paid just look for other work onthe side so you can leave that company.

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Rusty77



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 10:07 am    Post subject: Berlitz Reply with quote

Hi Crash Artist,
I appreciate the feedback on Berlitz, but- wow, pretty strong negative opinion you have, so it seems. I'm wondering, are you basing this on your own experience at a specific location (i.e. which city?) . Perhaps the teaching method/environment changes from school to school?
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scot47



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teachers tend to look on Berlitz with disdain and suspicion. With good reason.
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Showem



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rusty,

Berlitz are said within German teaching circles to pay very poorly. Are you talking about Frankfurt am Rhein or Frankfurt an der Oder? If it's FaR, you'll be hard pressed to make ends meet by just working for them.
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Rusty77



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Showem (and Scot47),
It's FaR; thanx for the advice, guys...why the bad rap, do you think: is it the teaching methodology/hours?
Rusty
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