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With recent revelations that some shady and unclicensed TEFL job recruiters have become Reddit moderators only to supplement their own real-life incomes recruiting foreign teachers to work illegally with fake diplomas, phony TEFL certificates, and without the proper work visas in China, real teachers with real experience and qualifications have united to give every TEFL teacher a global map of the TEFL minefield. They have started their own TEFL SCAMS sub at Reddit where teachers traveling abroad to teach can warn one another of lurking black hagwons in Korea and blacklisted schools, dodgy job agents, identity thieves posing as recruiters, and recruiters known to skim 30%-60% of teacher's salaries with illegal contracts in China. The new sub can be found at http://reddit.com/r/TEFLscams...
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To be honest, I’m not even sure where to begin as I write this. During my final four years of school, my life situation was best described as utter crap. I’m not going to explain it much because you already know. At school, I was getting one detention after the other. It’s not that the teachers wanted to give me them but I didn’t really give them a choice. I just began to lose the will to care much about anything and that included the stress of school work. It got even worse in my first year of 6th form after I was kicked out of my house by my parents. Honestly, I don’t think I would have made it through any of those years without the support I received from my teachers. There were days I into school on the verge of a breakdown, contemplating if I could take it any longer. On days...
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Since there is no "comedy" category here at Open Letter we chose to post this in the "Education" section although "Crime" took a close second. To be blunt and direct, too many foreigners are lured to come work/teach in China based on false pretenses (lies). Here is what they are told by greedy and less-than-honest China job recruiters. THE 10 BIGGEST LIES TOLD TO NEW CHINA TEFL TEACHERS: Anyone who even thinks about working in China will be told at least a dozen lies for every truth they hear from a China job recruiter. Here are the top 10 lies below so you will know them when you hear them:.. 1.) You MUST have a TEFL certificate to teach English in China. 2.) You do not need a Z visa to teach in China for your first 90-day probationary period. 3.) Foreigners have no...
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Dear “Anonymous” Student, I was rather sad to see your open letter to Ajahn Giuliano (http://www.opnlttr.com/letter/open-letter-dr-giuliano-giustarini-mahidol-university), which I invite readers to see. In that letter, you also offer some advice to me, and as I am the director of the programme that you left with such long-lasting bitterness, I feel the need to respond to your claims. I have done so already, as comments to your own letter; but I realize that comments are often left unread. Of course I am quite aware of your identity. Out of respect for your wish to remain anonymous, I shall not reveal it. However, it is not honest to post a string of defamatory accusations on the internet without signing them. Quite obviously, had you signed your letter, I could easily provide ample...
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Hello all. Thank you. For your time, your concern, and your efforts. You're here for a reason and whatever that reason, I am thankful. I want for you to take a peek into my story and use it to empower yourself and all things positive. June 19th, 2017 In so many ways, I've prided myself on you. That's MY school. But I see now where it is necessary to have a serious talk with you. This in no way is a critique to claim that you have no strengths because you are a mighty institution. I've grown here. Learned here. I've been on TV here. I’ve become a next level leader here. I've impressed my family here. Made the world of connections here. I'm your BSU President, Writing Fellow, President's 64 Member, Razor’s Edge Leadership Scholar, and Summer Housing Assistant. I literally, like...
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To Whom It May Concern, As a child going through the Norwalk Public School System, I struggled with more than just academic courses; I was bullied by my peers because of my weight. You can imagine what went on in my head going to Nathan Hale Middle School as a young adolescent and being made fun of by other students, and then having to sit through classes that I struggled in or did not particularly care for. I was never considered to be a strong or highly intelligent student. I did really well in English, and was considered average in my academic classes such as Social Studies and Science. Math was something I particularly struggled with. It was a difficult subject for me and I never really liked it that much. That’s where music came in. I am an alumnus of the Norwalk...
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Finally some good news for China's 29,000+ foreign teachers and other expat workers who seldom ever collect their last paycheck when changing jobs. President Xi Jin Ping sent a directive to China's courts that legal discrimination between Chinese and Foreign plaintiffs would no longer be tolerated and now even punished. (No specific punishment was specified, however). Apparently, this message went out six months ago, and the last three cases brought to China's courts for violating the employee rights of expat workers gained traction and prevailed. Although China's court records are not public, we learned that the three teachers won settlements that average 570,000 or roughly 90,000 each in cases alleging forced unpaid overtime, an illegal contract, and violation of China's Privacy Act...
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The hijab. Something so spoke about but known very little of by the majority. At the beginning of each and every day, I wear the hijab as a religious obligation and as a reminder of my faith and my duty to inform those who know very little about it or of its significance. But the issue regarding the hijab is one that has been in the air for quite a while, whether that may be showing the hijab in a positive or negative spotlight—most likely the latter. Of course, the media and other outside sources just add gas to an already blazing fire by eloquently reciting the age-old statement of the hijab being a tool of oppression used against the women of Islam by their male counterparts, which I’m here to say is completely and utterly false. You sir have played a vital role in my life, not in...
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Back in Marchof 2017, Deputy Administrator Song of China's SAFEA bureau (State Administration Foreign Experts Affairs) in their Beijing HQ office, openly admitted that "China has a big problem with fake foreign teachers estimated to now be one-third of all the foreign teachers working in China." That "one-third" equates to roughly 10,000 "teachers" that really never taught anyone anything before they arrived to China. In fact, many were unemployed and a few hundred even have criminal records. The following month, over 1,000 fake foreign teachers were arrested under China's "False Documents Law" for using faked or forged diplomas, TEFL Certificates, and even phony police certifucates, which were provided by shady and unlicensed recruiters. Both the recruiters and those arrested are...
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A Letter To The Kids Who Just Don't Get It I'm not a writer. I'm not a blogger. I'm not an English major, and quite frankly, I don't enjoy writing very much. I would much rather say what I have to say in person. However, there is no way I can say this face to face to everyone who needs to hear it. I see these "a letter to" posts often shared by people on social media that go viral because they resonate so deeply with everyone. How clever. I'm not writing this to go viral. I'm not writing this to be clever, BUT I am writing this with the hopes that the right people read it. Dear kids that just don't get it, I have one thing to tell you. One thing that might save your life. You. Are. Not. Indestructible. Now before you skim over those words, I want you to really let...
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