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deadzenpoet



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:08 pm    Post subject: Student reference? Reply with quote

Is it appropriate to get a reference for a teaching job in Japan from a former Japanese student who is now a good friend?
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Glenski



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may depend on the student. I used 2 for a job application for university. Both students were professionals (one a medical doctor, the other a university president).

And, yes, I got the job.
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deadzenpoet



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Glenski!

My friend/former student now has a MA in TESOL. I just thought maybe it would look awkward to a Japanese recruiter in that some schools might frown upon student/teacher friendships outside of work. But I think she could help as well since it's been 7 years since I've been back to Japan and she knows my passion for teaching back in Japan!
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