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    Work opportunities

    Free People is a new English school specialising in individual classes, with offices 4 minutes from Metro Sukharevskaya.

    We are seeking TEFL/ CELTA-qualified teachers, preferably with experience in teaching one-to-one. Native speakers are preferred, but Russian applicants with Cambridge Proficiency and a pedagogical background will also be considered.


    We pay native speakers a minimum of $35 per academic hour, following a one-month probationary period at $25 per academic hour.


    We will provide visa support and a working visa to teachers who work full-time with us or, in some cases, to those part-time teachers who have distinguished themselves.


    We are recruiting throughout January, 2008. If you are interested in being involved with an exciting new school and, moreover, need additional hours, please email your CV/ resume to (no personal info - use the PM system), providing information about your availability and schedule as well as anything else you deem relevant.

    PM me or send questions/CVs to (no personal info - use the PM system)

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    Good luck picking up good teachers at $25 an hour. You might get them at $35 if other conditions are favorable, i.e. location and time of classes.
    Not bashing, just useful advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alterego View Post
    Good luck picking up good teachers at $25 an hour. You might get them at $35 if other conditions are favorable, i.e. location and time of classes.
    Not bashing, just useful advice.
    false, he has only to wait walking out schools like BKC and LL

    dude, i was in the market (not teaching english of course) and saw tons of very good teachers being happy with even 25bucks per hour, this is why, when your salary is 800bucks a month you really need some cash

    so my opinion is that he can find some teachers willing to get 25

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    My school is offering a minimum of $35 per academic hour. The $25 is for a one-month probationary period. A good enough teacher will easily see that month out.

    I've been teaching for ten years and if I've learned anything it's that teachers can come over wonderfully at interview, can be qualified and experienced, and yet still be awful when it comes to it. The ones in that category who stick at it for years usually don't give a damn or are so thick-skinned that they actually BELIEVE they're good despite all signs to the contrary, ie. feedback.

    That's why a probationary period is the only way to go about recruiting teachers.

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    I agree that probationary periods are a good thing, both for the empoyer and the employee. Gives them a chance to check each other out.
    But do you charge less for your probationary classes?
    If the teacher is good and you keep the teacher after that period do you pay them the difference at that time?
    If the teacher is not so good will you keep them on at the $25 per hour rate?
    What does being a good teacher have to do with being able to survive a 30% pay cut for one month?

    I wish you the best of luck with your school but I think the only good teachers that you will get for that rate will be new to Moscow, unless you are offering excellent work conditions on top. For the most part excellent work conditions is not having to spend as much time traveling to lessons as you do in the lessons.
    As I'm sure you know the English business is booming here in Moscow. A teacher going straight to a student can command quite a good rate. Inspite of that I would trade my travel time for more hours at a reduced rate and a permanent desk, especially in winter.

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    Well, there's no point getting into a philosophical debate about your reasoning on this one. Maybe it does depend to an extent on the way you look at it, but a probationary period is just that, surely. It's not $35 cut to $25, it's $25 with the certainty of a rise to $35 after a successful one-month trial, ie. no complaints; it's a period for the teacher to prove they're good enough to be on the staff. If they're not, it's zero dollars per academic hour and zero classes with us.

    Good teachers want to work with other good teachers and be on the same pay grade.

    As for 'surviving' for the 1st month on $25 per academic hour, the going rate in Moscow schools is usually less than that anyway. The bottom line is that the teacher isn't being cheated, even on 25. Given what the school has to pay, it's equitable. Of course, as you point out (a bit unfairly) it's more lucrative for the teacher if they can cut out the middleman altogether, but that only means that in the booming English-teaching market which you describe, the 'middleman' has to work that much harder to come up with ways of making himself indispensible to the teacher, ie. transportation, blocked timetables, compensation for cancelled classes, teaching resources, teacher development, pre-planned programmes, detailed lessons and visa support (last but unfortunately not least).

    So, I suppose we don't disagree: freelance is great if it works for you, but a good school is worth having around too.

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    What about visa costs, flights and other costs plus accomadation. Can a teacher afford a flat in Moscow at $25 an academic hour. Taking that into consideraration that the major schools cover these costs, can you compete with that??

    Try the expat vacancies before making a decision. In fact they're not great but probably better than this: Vacancies :: Moscow's virtual community for English speaking expats and Russians


    A fine example from BKC

    QOUTE:BKC

    Freelance positions for teachers of English for demanding clients. Classes are mostly one on ones/ mini groups at the clients’ home or work place. Requirements: TEFL qualification (CELTA or Trinity TESOL), 2+ years experience in working with different kinds of programs (ESP courses, tailor-made courses, YL and/ or VYL), ability to cope with stressful situations, wear a suit or be neatly dressed. Rates are 1300 RUB per ac.hr for the lessons inside Moscow (transport expences are paid by the school) and 2000 RUB per ac.hr for the lessons outside Moscow (transport is provided by the school or client). Please contact recruitment department for more details. 9 or 6-month contracts with competitive package are also available.

    Also try eslcafe.com and tefl.com for vacancies
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    There you are we do agree normally Alterego,

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    Quote Originally Posted by free.p View Post


    I've been teaching for ten years and if I've learned anything it's that teachers can come over wonderfully at interview, can be qualified and experienced, and yet still be awful when it comes to it.

    I am a teacher too. But i am not a english teacher of course... So please explane me how do you define it... that a teacher is good or awfully bad ?

    I think that it's very important issue for every teacher here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Korotky Gennady View Post
    I am a teacher too. But i am not a english teacher of course... So please explane me how do you define it... that a teacher is good or awfully bad ?

    I think that it's very important issue for every teacher here...
    i guess teacher is bad when customer complaints?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SalTheReturn View Post
    i guess teacher is bad when customer complaints?
    I u mean sal, that a teacher is bad when a customer complains. Problem is some complain when they don't know what they are talking about. Some believe in old soviet way, discuss all english techniques. Some of my parents of my pupils say I'm putting too much on their kids. Poblem is they are frustrated as they don't know any English, and find it unbelievable that they are speakin English without uch translation, that they are writing and have mesmorised the English alphabet and sounds before they have lean Russian. That they ae reading English beore comprehending the Russian written language. That they know their vocabularary of nouns in colours , poets clothes, days of the week, seasons tc without translation.

    They think Russian should be taught with a lot of Russian translation and are upset to discover they don't need it, and are at a loss because they can't help their kids with their homework, because the don't understand.

    Thankfully with parents meetings we manage to keep most of them and convince them that our methods are the best ways, and if they go anywhere else they won't speak English and communicate the way they do here. It's English to English and that's the only way it can be done effectively. And the kids love the game that the teacher doesn't know Russian or brings in the rule "NO RUSSIAN HERE"

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    right Bels, some people complain and have no idea what they are talking about

    what i used to say them was "yes, yes, we will go the way you wish" but then keeping my method. after a while they were forgetting.

    if a teacher start listening to each of his/her students he/she will get mad and become a worse teacher

    btw Bels, are not you bored of teaching?

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    Bels, anyway it's very difficult question... And i myself thought about it many times before...

    And do you know to what resolution i came to ? Now they start to use the students testes for checking the level of education in our institute and i thing that it's very good thing though... becoz i'm sure that only the testes can show objectively... was it bad or was it good the teacher of some students.

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    Sorry Gennady....you have a good point, but I think you mean "tests".
    testes = testicles
    "use the students testes for checking the level of education in our institute"
    If you use students' testes, you will be arrested.
    A simple spelling mistake can make a biiiiiig difference to the meaning of a sentence......
    Life is not what you make of it. You are what Life makes of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyTong View Post
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    "use the students testes for checking the level of education in our institute"
    If you use students' testes, you will be arrested.

    ......

    lol



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