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marrria



Joined: 14 Nov 2010
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:15 pm    Post subject: Glossa Reply with quote

Hi,

I'm thinking of getting a job with Glossa but I'd like to get some info before I make a decision.
What's their reputation? What's the pay range?
I'd appreciate getting responses from people who are already working for them or who have had any kind of experience with them.

Thanks!

Maria
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spiral78



Joined: 05 Apr 2004
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Location: On a Short Leash

PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since no-one has responded, I'll throw out the very little I know about this school. It's been around quite a while (usually a good sign) and I knew someone who worked there a few years back - she was quite satisfied.

The pay will be most likely the same as all schools in Prague - hopefully enough to live on, but not to save up, pay off debts back home, or travel much outside of the CR.

Sorry I don't know anything more specific. Good luck!
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uspech



Joined: 25 Nov 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I have been working for Glossa for just over a year. Most new teachers start off at 185 CZK for a 45 minute lesson. After being here a year, I've been given a raise to 205 CZK (woo...) It isn't much, but it seems to be the going rate.

They have teaching seminars most weeks and they assign you a tutor to help you settle in, but it's still a bit scary at first. You will have to travel all over the city and work long hours, I especially hate the 7:30 starts, but it's like that at all language schools I imagine. They help with your visa, if you need it, and they have a pretty good library. The only problems I have with them are that they fine you 1500 CZK for dropping a class, and that you have to spend quite a lot of time updating information about your students on their online system. But I think they are pretty good on the whole.

I hope this helps, but you can ask me if there's anything else you'd like to know.
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smithrn1983



Joined: 23 Jul 2010
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Location: Moscow

PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

205 sounds REALLY low for Prague. I taught about 100km away, and on the two occasions I was offered positions in Prague, the rate was over 300/hr. I have NEVER had to pay for dropping a class, and would refuse to do so entirely.
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uspech



Joined: 25 Nov 2010
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

205 is on the low end of the spectrum, but I don't think it's all that low. As a new teacher you could do worse.

They deduct it from your salary, obviously, otherwise everyone would just refuse to pay. I agree it's pretty bad.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like to know what 'dropping a class' means, exactly. Does it mean that you can say you don't want to work with that specific client ever? Or does it mean that you missed one class?

In either case, I suppose it must be in response to problems with teachers in the past ... too bad.
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Nevpraguetefl



Joined: 22 Oct 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Smile

Glossa is a reputable school and I have this information from past grads of our TEFL program and also from my own personal experience - having taught there for a number of years when I first arrived to Prague.
The only negative which I found there was the amount of paperwork and general admin which teachers needed to complete.
Otherwise, it is a recommended school.
The wage is a bit on the low side but if they still have the same system as when I was working there then they do offer an end of year bonus if a teacher completes the teaching year.

Hope it helps!

Neville Smile
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Nevpraguetefl



Joined: 22 Oct 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just wanted to add to my post that when I taught at Glossa I traveled to Sinai each February and every Summer I left Europe and was either in India or S.America. OK, I did work my a double s off and my schedule was completely full but I also still managed to fit in a long weekend off - whereby I finished my last class Friday lunchtime and restarted early Monday morning.
I would have found it very difficult to do this though without the end of year bonus which Glossa gave out - it equaled for me an additional month's wage on top of my usual wage at the end of June/ beginning of July.
I also want to add that it took a year for me to be in the position where I was given as many classes as I wanted.
If you want to teach full-time then it is possible to earn enough to save a bit.
OK, it isn't S.Korea where the wages are still very high but it ain't all doom and gloom here. At the very least teaching full-time you can pay your way and afford to go out most nights.

Neville Smile
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uspech



Joined: 25 Nov 2010
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glossa doesn't pay an end of year bonus anymore, and I've yet to meet a Glossa teacher who can afford holidays in South America on their salary.

They do give you a lot of paperwork, but this is the price you pay for working in a school where everything is properly organised. Out of all the schools I have worked for in Prague, it is by far the best run.
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