33 Lạc Trung, Hai Bà Trưng, Hanoi
This school has indeed changed to truely Vietnamese management. It started as usual, i had to take care of a Toefl class. The class was all right, but the students preferred to learn Ielts instead of Toefl. The book they presented was way too difficult for them and TEACH couldn't even provide me the proper materials for the listening modules. After some trial lessons, The Teach admin told me that my attitude was messed up because the students wanted to learn Ielts and this was all my mistake. I continued teaching toefl, but the students in the class really insisted on learning Ielts. In between these classes I got a lot of ununderstandable emails and some things went wrong because they simply didn't understand English. Of course I got the blame for all of their mistakes. Their management made teaching for them really stressful.
When i explained it all to the TEACH staff they gave me the choice: Convince the students to learn Paperbased Toefl or be fired. The students truely insisted on learning for Ielts as they found it much better than Toefl. After talking with the Boss of Teach explaining the situation everything seemed fine again and I could finally teach them an Ielts course. 1 week later however, my class was suddenly cancelled for no reason. A few hours before the next class I was informed by sms that I was fired because they found a replacer. They told me that the class voted me out. When asking the class however, they told me they never had a choice.
The new management are really annoying Wankers. Better not to teach for this TEACH academy. they did however pay me correctly for all of my hours.
The 'director' of this place has done her best to ruin a lot of hard work by some extremely knowledgeable people. When an elevator sales persons starts overriding the management staff with 5-10-15 years academic experience to suit her personal ego, this is what happens. A school goes from potentially one of the best to one of the worse very quickly. All of the western management have been pushed out or left due to this persons maniacal obsession to interfere with every single aspect of the business even thought she has no idea what is going on in the slightest (in any aspect of the educational field).
It is a shame that old fashion thinking has a person like this in a director position, but the school was only set up as a pet project for a rich family to have more 'face' and clout. Really, this is one place to be avoided.
I have been working for this Center for over a year.
Although some of the older reviews maybe accurate in terms of some difficulties with management in the past - these issues have been resolved. The center is currently being run by experienced qualified professionals, the teachers are treated well and the only difficulties in the past 6 months have been with unprofessional teaching staff. The previous comment is not an accurate portrayal of the situation described.
Since working here I have been paid & treated well, have had access to a huge array of teaching materials and have been given the freedom to steer my classes in any direction deemed most beneficial for them.
Two month ago, I've been interviewed by one of the Vietnamese manager. It was the weirdest interview of my life. The man keep talking all the time about what is needed to be a good teacher and some never ending non sense. The man had a very strange attitude.
One of the best language schools I've worked for in Hanoi.
Caters for children, teens and adults. Soon to become a Cambridge centre.
All the teachers I've met here are experienced and skilled, no backpackers.
Teachers are treated well and generally there's not as much interference from above as in other places. The management is generally good and provides good support. In particular the western management place the students bests interests at the centre of any decision.
The kids classrooms could be a little bigger, and there's a few other small niggles, but overall this is a good and well run school, made more impressive by the fact it's only been open since summer.
EDIT: End of May update: I left for a full time position in a another job, but apparently everything went totally pear-shaped. All of the long time staff have left or been released and the school is completely different now. Since I've only heard this second hand (although directly from multiple friends who worked there when it all went down), I will only take away one more star, but given the vote of confidence I gave the school before I now strongly recommend you do thorough research before before deciding to teach there.
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