The tales of an English teacher in Vietnam

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Students appear to be much more motivated but also being driven too hard and by folks who worship grammar.

Honesty or the lack thereof by language centers seems to be a major issue, but YMMV.

Not paying the salary seems to be quite common? One manager sent an e-mail, quoting "a lawyer-friend". Apparently, after non-payment for "2 months", it will be up to her whether she will pay anything at all.

Really? I am sorry about that. I am Vietnamese. I am so sorry.

I have found that there are too many trying to teach English when they cannot even speak proper English.

yes, that's right


I am doing some teaching, and the hardest part (by far) is the pronunciation. So embarrassing when the Vietnamese person organising the classes cannot be understood. I find many believe that they are speaking really high level  English, but in fact can barely be understood because of poor pronunciation, not finishing words and generally muddling vowel sounds.

A bit of an uphill struggle, but learners very keen.

Many language centres are owned and run by money hungry couples,who have a tendency to short change employess whenever they can

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