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elliot_spencer



Joined: 26 Feb 2007
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:58 pm    Post subject: Possible Scam Reply with quote

Hi - I got this email from Bennett Languages, possibly a scam - what do you think?

SEE OUR JOB DETAILS BELOW.

Work for Bennett Language

Bennett Language is looking for a professional and experienced English teacher to join our full time staff for this academic year. We are looking for adaptable and outgoing teachers for children from 5 years old, teenagers and adults. The initial contract period is from August/September 2015 but this can be extended by mutual consent.


Bennett Language is a rapidly expanding private language school. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and the unrivaled reputation we have in the community. We need dedicated career professionals who are only interested in the highest possible standards and are looking for long term prospects.

Although we are a rapidly growing school our goal is to be the best but not necessarily the biggest school in Roma. Teachers have ongoing support from the Director of Studies and the head of each specific department as well as regular training/development sessions in school. We offer all teachers the opportunity to attend local or national teaching conferences/training days(all expenses paid).

We are only interested in the highest possible standards of professionalism and teaching, our class sizes are deliberately small to facilitate this (8-10 students per class group). All students, including children, are placed in groups according to their level of English, there are regular reviews of each group and stronger or weaker students are moved accordingly if needed. All students are also offered free revision classes outside their normal class time if required.

A Classroom at Bennett Language.
The school is well resourced with a wide range of supplementary teaching materials and wireless internet connection throughout. We have bright and spacious classrooms and a very well resourced teachers´ room with computer and internet access. Teachers use up-to-date material specifically chosen for the students in each class group. The school provides clear course guidelines and objectives to teachers. As the majority of our students come from the local area we have a professional but almost family atmosphere in the school.

We offer general English, Business English and exam classes both in our own school and in state schools. Note that we offer other languages like French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic etc ..

We have a busy in-company teaching department, providing classes in a range of companies from all market sectors. We have specialist in-company English teachers who teach the more specific business English courses but all teachers may be offered additional hours in companies where general English classes are required.


Compensation:

Salary: €2,500
The salary is paid for 30 teaching hours/week and increases according to experience and qualifications. Additional teaching hours taught are paid as overtime. An additional 50% of one month´s net monthly salary is paid on successful completion of each full academic year contract.Paid holidays over Christmas, Easter and any local or national holidays which fall within the contractual period. Legal employment contract with full social security contributions paid by school. Free annual full medical health check and visa assistance for non EU.

Please forward your CV, passport, degrees/certificates and recent photograph to apply:
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spiral78



Joined: 05 Apr 2004
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Location: On a Short Leash

PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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and visa assistance for non EU.


The only real red flag is the above, and it wouldn't apply to you, right? The salary wouldn't be impossible for a school requiring real qualifications, though it's quite high for the region. It would be interesting to play along, and let us know if they ask for money for anything!
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AMATHENY



Joined: 12 Jun 2016
Posts: 7

PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 1:21 am    Post subject: Scam? Reply with quote

The e-mail you provided looks VERY similar to the e-mail I received from English is Fun in Bologna, Italy:

English is Fun is looking for a professional EFL/ESL teacher to join our full time staffs. We are looking for adaptable and outgoing teachers for children, teenagers and adults. The initial contract period 2016/17 but this can be extended by mutual consent into the following academic year.

English is Fun is a rapidly expanding private language school. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and the unrivaled reputation we have in the local community. We need dedicated career professionals who are only interested in the highest possible standards.

Although we are a rapidly growing school our goal is to be the best but not necessarily the biggest school in Bologna. Teachers have ongoing support from the Director of Studies and the head of each specific department as well as regular training/development sessions in school. We offer all teachers the opportunity to attend local or national teaching conferences/training days(all expenses paid).

We are only interested in the highest possible standards of professionalism and teaching, our class sizes are deliberately small to facilitate this (8-10 students per class group). All students, including children, are placed in groups according to their level of English, there are regular reviews of each group and stronger or weaker students are moved accordingly if needed. All students are also offered free revision classes outside their normal class time if required.

A Classroom at English is Fun

The school is well resourced with a wide range of supplementary teaching materials and wireless internet connection throughout. We have bright and spacious classrooms and a very well resourced teachers´ room with computer and internet access. Teachers use up-to-date material specifically chosen for the students in each class group. The school provides clear course guidelines and objectives to teachers. As the majority of our students come from the local area we have a professional but almost family atmosphere in the school.

We offer general English and exam classes both in our own school and in state schools. We offer the full range of Cambridge exams from Starters to CPE.

We have a busy in-company teaching department, providing classes in a range of companies from all market sectors. We have specialist in-company English teachers who teach the more specific business English courses but all teachers may be offered additional hours in companies where general English classes are required.

Teachers should be willing to share teaching ideas, assist in the preparation of new teaching materials and attend training/development days in school and local or national teacher conferences/training days (all expenses paid). Continuing teachers are offered subsidized young learners certificate courses, introduction to EFL Management or DELTA courses.

English For Children
The teaching methods English is Fun! (EIF) is the most effective response to the growing demand for English for children from parents.

The method English is Fun! 3-8 years is dedicated to language schools, preschools and educational centers, becoming Authorized Centers English is Fun! they want to adopt the most advanced methodology for approaching children English with lots of fun and the same effectiveness.

It 'also dedicated to teachers after passing the training course EIF 3-8 decide to become Promoter English is Fun !, qualified teachers to the method that work independently.

The method English is Fun! 1-3 years is rather designed for nursery schools that choose to offer a bilingual education and is able to adapt perfectly to the times of the small children that absorb the first sounds of the English language in a natural way as if it were their language mother.

The method English is Fun! 8-12 years is the latest addition to the EIF and will be available from school year 2015-2016 to offer kids of creative workshops in preparation and then be combined with any English language course both private and ministerial. The activities focused on oral exchange are particularly suitable for boys and girls with DSA.

Method English is Fun !

Everyone talks about it , few people speak . The Englishman has burst into our little lives and causing us big problems and above all making us feel often inadequate . The question arises : why , despite our efforts the language barrier is an obstacle difficult to overcome ? The answer is simple and involves us most as parents : to learn a second language is no magic age from birth to 8 years .

In creating our teaching methods we place the baby's overall development respecting the needs both from a linguistic point of view and from that relating to the growth in all its aspects .

English is Fun ! is the perfect answer for children and . to each his own method.

Compensation:

Salary: 2,600EUR and above, depend on your qualification and experience.
500EUR/Manthly feeding allowance.
Paid Accommodation.
Paid round trip.
The salary is paid for 25 teaching hours/week and increases according to experience and qualifications. Additional teaching hours taught are paid as overtime. An additional 100% of one month´s net monthly salary is paid on successful completion of each full academic year contract.Paid holidays over Christmas, Easter and any local or national holidays which fall within the contractual period. Legal employment contract with full social security contributions paid by school. Free annual full medical health check.
If you meet our requirements, please forward your CV, passport, degrees/certificates and recent photograph to US:

Interviews in Bologna or by Skype. A traveling allowance to attend interviews will be paid.
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Mixal



Joined: 08 Apr 2015
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why don't you guys contact the schools directly and ask?
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GonnaBe



Joined: 10 Jun 2012
Posts: 20
Location: California

PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would really be nice if the OP and EIF people came back and tell us what they learned please?

Many thanks!

Justme
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lugubregondola



Joined: 01 Sep 2016
Posts: 92

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

as if they pay 500 feeding allowance. as if they pay 2600 or 2500 euro.
A scam 100%
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Spelunker



Joined: 03 Nov 2013
Posts: 392

PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:38 am    Post subject: re: italy scammers... Reply with quote

Recently had a very bad experience with a "school" in Southern Italy, so I would be very careful in dealing with and trusting any of these outfits!
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Dancebiscuits



Joined: 03 Dec 2012
Posts: 63

PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Visa assistance = scam.
Salary of 2,600 = scam.
'Feeding allowance' = scam.
End of year bonus = scam.
Employment contract whereby school pays any sort of tax on you = probably scam.
Paid external training = scam.

Pretty much any one of those on their own would have got the red flags waving to be honest, but put them all together and you've got the full set of bunting. Italian language schools just don't splash around those kind of salaries or benefits. Sorry Sad

Would be interesting to learn how you got on searching for something legit though; hope it works out for you.
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siologen



Joined: 25 Oct 2016
Posts: 39

PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:59 pm    Post subject: re: scam Reply with quote

That whole spiel seems like a scam. I go by the old adage, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is!
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