Thoughts on ELT, English and whatever else comes into my head
If you’re planning to do Summer School, you might want to think twice after reading this. Particularly if you’re doing it as an EFL teacher.
It seems that June and July are dangerous times. Just as you’re about the start the job you’ve accepted and signed a contract for, up to 25% of you will be struck down by a “grave medical condition” or “serious health problem” or will just have that mysterious affliction of “personal reasons” that will prevent you from working for the entire summer.
Even worse, many of you will lose a family member and have to attend their funeral on exactly the same dates as induction and you’ll be so devastated you won’t consider maybe starting work and taking your mind off the tragedy.
Not everyone will have to flake out for such inauspicious reasons. Some of our almost employees will find other, better jobs around this time and are professional enough to email and tell us a few days before we open 7 schools with over 1000 students. They hope, they say, we’ll understand that they must put their career first.
Of course we do. In no way will rejecting the job with us stand in the way of your future. After all, not bothering to turn up for a job you have accepted, and for which we’ve invested time and money in recruiting you for, is, unfortunately, something we won’t ever be able to give as a reference for you.
At least these people go to the effort of making up an excuse – although I’d recommend something a bit more original than the above. (Not because we’ll believe you – bullsh*t has a certain smell which envelops every rotten lie written – but just to momentarily lighten the black mood which follows the realisation that we’ve suddenly got to find someone else at extremely short notice.) There are a handful that don’t even have the grace to let us know. My centre is opening minus one member of staff that we knew about and one who just never showed up nor answered her phone or emails.
With the bad luck that seems to follow pre summer school staff, I do so hope nothing terrible has happened to her.