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ETA



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:27 pm    Post subject: UA Reply with quote

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ecocks



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never heard of them.

Their pay is unbelievably low for what they require though. 520 to 750 pounds/month for 25 contact hours?

I'll check around with a couple of guys who might have heard something though.

At a guess, based upon their website, they've been doing the educational travel programs for younger children rather than being a traditional school. The website shows no native speakers on staff but they have at least one person receiving the applications from native speaker teachers. Also, no real information on classes or corporate program design. Maybe they're branching out in a down market, looking for new business.

I'll let you know if I hear anything from the inquiries.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nobody I asked about them had ever heard of them.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, they have had native speakers but they kept losing them. Ok, my knowledge is about a year old so they might have got better. But a year ago, they tended to be marketing-led - so you had jokes like conversation groups for 8 year old elementary students, etc, because it created a neat-looking advertising grid. And had a top-heavy set of local managers, generally young women with little knowledge of teaching, who badger teachers on their way into class and think that teaching from 9 am to 9 pm might be quite a neat idea. Having said that, this was about a year ago so they might have learned a thing or two about management since.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ecocks wrote:
The website shows no native speakers on staff


Well, this isn't actually the case. And it seems to update the comments I made.

http://dec-school.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=197&Itemid=113&lang=en
[url]
http://dec-school.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=147&Itemid=97&lang=en[/url]
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

coledavis wrote:
ecocks wrote:
The website shows no native speakers on staff


Well, this isn't actually the case. And it seems to update the comments I made.

http://dec-school.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=197&Itemid=113&lang=en
[url]
http://dec-school.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=147&Itemid=97&lang=en[/url]


Not the same website I saw when I searched.

The one I saw had about 20 Ukrainians in all kinds of marketing and travel program positions plus only 3-4 Ukrainian teachers of English labeled.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think because of the diversity of the proprietor's business interests, the web site just isn't particularly easy to navigate.
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