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China in Asia (Online): LeWaijiao (TAL Education Group) - Online - China LeWaijiao (TAL Education Group) is an online website located in Haidian, China.

 

Address: Haidian, China.

Website: LeWaijiao (TAL Education Group)

1.5/5 from 1 ratings.
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1 rating(s).
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3 months ago.
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Institute Review
I went into this not knowing anything about what I was getting into. I am an experienced teacher but that doesn’t prepare you for the culture shock. For the most part at the beginning the people I met were wonderful. I was praised for my teaching and put on special projects and busy as could be. These were assigned by my recruiter and admin. Then there was management. My specific manager got really upset one day because my admin had me doing a project and I was two minutes late signing in because she had me on the phone. I received a warning letter which my admin or direct supervisor tried to take care of. The next day she was no longer my admin. From that point forward my working life was a living hell. I would be marked absent when I was there teaching. I would get docked pay by the hundreds each month, and I would get letter after letter from the teaching department. I thought I was going crazy until a few people took me aside and explained that three other teachers had quit recently for the exact same reasons. I went to my team leader who was American and she really works hard and is good at what she does but as far as support she offered none. I’ve come to realize that she probably was afraid of being fired and thrown in jail. Those stories are true about your visa and jail be careful. The final straw for me was when my credit was pulled after months of working there. I have alerts so I knew and when I asked about it they claimed to know nothing yet it was sitting in front of them in black and white. I will say though that the children were the greatest joy of my life and despit everything I wouldn’t trade my time with them for anything. I just wish that Tal Lewaijaio had followed their own rules, listened a little more, and thought a bit before losing so many quality teachers. Their thinking is we can just get another one but you know what? That’s not true. Yes you can find someone to sit in a class but someone who is going to change a life is hard to find. Oh and they also failed to mention that non teaching hours would be paid at 5 dollars an hour. I would work maybe 30 teaching hours a month and over 100 non teaching hours a month because my manager didn’t want to give me students. It was sad and it is still happening. Firstleap is their partner so don’t fall for that either.
The pros
Wonderful kids and fun teachers.
The cons
Abusive management, 5 dollar per hour non teaching rate that is not mentioned until after you sign the contract. Most of your hours are non teaching. Materials are ok but in need of heavy editing which gets you in trouble if you mention.
Advice to Management
You want your students to learn western culture and that’s nice but you need to learn some too. This is a school not the CIA. The sky will not fall if a hair is out of place. Relax.
Institution Location
Beijing China
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