Teaching English Abroad Experience: flirty guys, catty girls & scam academies 😳

Teaching English Abroad Experience: flirty guys, catty girls & scam academies 😳

November 23, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


Hello everyone welcome back to my
channel today I thought it would be really fun and interesting to talk about
my worst students and teaching experiences so I have been teaching
English for five years maybe more I’ve taught in academies I set up my own mini
Academy I used to teach from home basically but in big group classes I’ve
done online teaching I have taught you know without any qualifications at the
very beginning just in cafes and places like that and I have met a lot of
students most of them were Spanish and I have had a lot of wonderful gorgeous
students and a handful of terrible ones so I’m going to talk to you about them
today I’m not gonna mention any names I’m not going to make it obvious who
they are and in the grand scheme of things I hold no anger to anyone this is
these are just experiences that I can laugh about so let’s start by talking
about male students being inappropriate now 90% of the students were amazing and
so respectful and just so gentle they were so lovely you know they were coming
into my home all of the time and they were just wonderful but there was the
occasional guy that would just push it a little bit too far and I’ve got a really
good radar for detecting men that are going to cause problems so I hardly ever
get into any sort of issue with men anymore when I was younger that was a
different story I met a lot of very awesome people and but now I’m pretty
good at sussing out someone and so but I was advertising most of my classes on
Facebook and I was doing private although a couple of privates only if
the price was right Jiro’s were fine I’ve much preferred
pears and I absolutely loved in grouped group classes six people in at a time
all with the same goal to pass a specific exam normally the Cambridge
exams I loved it that was my favorite and it
made me feel safe because they were coming into my house I did not do
private mail lessons I made that extremely clear but I always got man
that would email me and considering are you
I used to post on this massive Spanish Facebook group in London called Spanish
people and it was something like that and I used to get hundreds of responses
I kid you not I only taught for like seven months and they maxed out my
friend requests you can have a maximum of a thousand or five thousand I can’t
remember I couldn’t accept any more friend requests my filtered messages
folder was absolutely Chalker and I still get the occasional message asking
if I’m available in London to teach so there was a guy who messaged me who
initially said it was going to be him and his female friend and then when we
got talking he said this female friend pulled out but he was so disappointed
because he still really wanted to do the class can we start doing one-on-one
classes until I can find another person that he can be paired with and I didn’t
want to do that at all but he kept on going and silly Lucy gave in now I know
I used to be quite safe I never used to give out my I used to give up my
postcode but never my actual door address and there was no way for them to
find out my door address because I lived in a flat there were lots of different
doors they’d have to click on all of the busses and ask and no one knew who I was
or what I was doing anyway so I would always tell them the postcode and then
when they got there I’d tell them which door so he was on the way and he said
that he had brought me some we’d gone more they died either went alone or
which I guess means like as a little gift you know from a good student to
show these a good streamers you didn’t and I immediately said no I’m not at all
interested in that I’ve never been a fan I don’t knock it but it’s not my thing
and that’s not my thing at all and I certainly didn’t want a student bringing
that into my home and I said no no no absolutely not and then he said oh well
can i I’ve also got a bottle of wine and I was like this is like two o’clock in
the afternoon I said I’m really sorry but I’m going to have to cancel the
class I really hope you find another English teacher he said he was in the
postcode area and I said look I’m not giving you my address
we’re not doing classes and he said don’t let me down now I’ve already
bought you flowers apparently he’d bought flowers weed and
was thinking about buying a bottle of wine
whether he actually bought all of those things I don’t know probably just that
he carried some of those things on him anyway I felt like I had a lucky escape
and for the next couple of days in my area I just felt a little bit nervous
now he was one of two men that brought flowers to my door but the second man
was quite different this guy was one of my group students for a long time he did
the b1 the pet Cambridge exam with me in a nice group and he was lovely and one
day he turned up with a bunch of roses because where he’s from in Catalunya
they have something called San Jordi George’s de Jordi’s de Jory’s de and
they give women books and roses on that day so I thought what a contrast you
have an absolute loser trying to bring flowers and then you have an absolute
gentleman trying to bring flowers to my class and it was so cute so he brought a
flower for each girl and uh I was still in contact with him he’s such a lovely
person and he passed his exam number two is like the feeling of getting scammed
and this is by an Academy that I worked for it was in my contract so it was
legal but the way they did things was so shady
I used to earn a thousand dollars a month I used to a thousand years a month
and I had to work 40 hours a week but that did not include all of my
preparation time or or my travel or all of my travel time so most days I was
getting up a you know half 6 7 and getting back after 10:00 cuz our last
classes and is at 10:00 and I had all of these gaps in the middle of the day that
weren’t paid but I couldn’t do anything in those gaps it’s terrible lesson
planning took a really long time and it needed to be very professional and I
left the contract a month early because I wanted to go back for the month of
June which was my birthday and they worked it all out so that my last month
I earn the equivalent of 2 euros an hour they said it with their legal team that
had done it but that really really annoyed me because when I was teaching
my classes I would come out of like a really intense lesson and I’d feel
like two euros is that what my time was worth then so I immediately knew I never
ever wanted to teach in an academy again and I went back to London I started
earning about sixty pounds an hour so the difference was quite stark number
three is pushy friendships and this was really hard I feel really bad talking
about this but in London London is a very lonely place for many people it was
very lonely for me as well and a lot of Spanish girls or Spanish people in
general but it was mainly girls for me would come over and suddenly find
themselves really missing home and really like finding it difficult to meet
people because they couldn’t speak English properly a lot of them would
come over to learn English but without the necessary level of English to get a
good job or to interact with people in their job so it was really tough and a
lot of them would latch on they would come for lessons want to change to
private I’d do it because I cared about them as a student and then they would
just absolutely latch on text me all the time turn up at my house some of them
and because when you’re in a teaching position you have to be friendly no
matter how you feel I really really cared about my students and I really
just loved seeing them improve and grow I miss teaching a lot unfortunately I
can’t do it now and in the end I would have girls phoning me up crying like
Lucy I’m so lonely please can we just go out for a coffee
like we go for one drink and I would just feel dreadful because then there’d
be in my classroom in a Monday morning and I’d have said no sorry and I had to
say no over and over and over again occasionally I did say yes it was just
something I found really hard to deal with and it was a real case of my
personal life and my work life bleeding into each other
I wanted all these people to make friends and have a nice time and enjoy
their weekends and enjoy their time in London but it was so much pressure on my
shoulders I couldn’t physically look after all of these lonely girls I tried
putting them in touch with each other but they didn’t get on and actually that
moves me onto my next one which is girls falling out this didn’t happen with guys
the guys were really well in my classes but the girls in group
classes were so intense oh my god some of the girls in my group classes were so
catty to each other they would make comments after they’d said something
some of them were treating a group lesson as if it was a private lesson so
they’d be like straight sorry sorry sorry just makes me get that over and
over and over again way past the point of appropriateness and you could see all
of the other girls in the class just like shut up we need to get on and it’s
just not fair for a student to try and take up an entire lesson on something
that they want to know when there are five other people that you know want to
continue with the lesson I did my absolute best to manage this but there’s
only so much you can do the end of one group class a girl came to me and said
look if she keeps doing this I am leaving
and in the end I had to reshuffle the classes and change them into two new
groups and to that particular girl I gave her I had to take her out of the
group I said the group have closed gave her a couple of private lessons which
was so much more expensive and in the end she left but yet some of the girls
were really really hard to deal with there was a lot of eye rolling tutting
just a lot of sass and it made for very uncomfortable teaching the next one is
just something that is inevitable every now and again a teacher and a student
just does not get along and I think it’s the teacher’s job to act as if they are
fine with it all even if inside they are dying I really really do if someone is
rude or I really hate spending time with them then I’ll find a way to end their
lessons with me but sometimes there would be a student that just didn’t like
me and I found it quite weird and frustrating because when I was living in
Seville and teaching there I would go to a lot of businesses early in the morning
so we’re talking like 7 o’clock to eight lessons and people were Moody they were
forced by their bosses to go there they didn’t want to be there at 7 o’clock
they probably weren’t getting paid for it they were just being offered free
lessons and to top it all off there was a 20 year old
I was 19 no I was 20 a 20 year old girl teaching them who they didn’t feel was
qualified enough because things are different in Spain people don’t finish
all their degrees and stuff until they’re older they didn’t understand
that I actually you know it was very close to graduating and I had a lot of
experience working in business and there are a couple of men that really just
didn’t have any time for me didn’t want to listen to what I had to say and they
just made it obvious that they didn’t think I was qualified enough well I went
actually if they’d have given me a more of a chance then I probably would have
gotten really well with them but unfortunately that’s just the way it
is although one of them reached out to me because they found my email back when
my email for English with Lucy was available to the public it’s not anymore
because it got absolutely bombarded and said oh my god it’s amazing what you’re
doing like I love during dish classes and I was like dude you were the worst
student ever you hated my classes you strongly disliked me don’t go sucking up
to me because I were YouTube yeah crazy on the last one this was a really
difficult situation I had this student she was a female from Spain in south of
Spain I absolutely rated her she was such a cool girl she was so funny she
was so nice quite sensitive she got upset a couple of times in the classes
but she was absolutely lovely probably one of my favorites but she never effing
paid me getting money out of her we used to do it on a monthly basis was like
getting blood out of a stone and it was so awkward and infuriating in the end –
my favorite student I had to tell her that she couldn’t come back to my
lessons until she paid me I felt so bad about it
I knew that money was tight but when she was getting she was getting more and
more behind on the monthly payments and it was getting to a point where the
actual odd sum was getting close to like what I would imagine half her rent to be
I was a student I needed the money too and in the end I had to stop the lessons
with her and wait for the payment and it came
three months afterwards a lot of the students would come to me with their
money problems and tell me that they couldn’t pay me I found it so hard
because I know how tough it is to not have enough money when you go for
lessons with an English teacher you have to know that you are able to pay them
you can’t do I owe yous you can’t do free lessons it doesn’t
wear like that I meant to earn money I’m working really hard I spend a lot of
time preparing the classes I used to do an hour of prep per hour of class so you
pay for one hour but I’m working for two so yeah that was really really
frustrating the other thing that used to really annoy me was when people used to
try and negotiate on price my rates are my rates I’m not going to give you a
private class for ten pounds it’s not going to happen but people would try and
they would get really really angry and I just used to think you choosing beggar
how very dare you ah honestly I loved teaching but actually looking back now
there was a lot of stress involved finding the right groups for people
people that didn’t get on girls that hated each other difficult students
disrupting the class it was really tough right that’s it for today’s video I hope
you enjoyed it if you have ever talked in the class or being in a class with
someone who was really really disruptive and rude please tell me in the comments
down below I love reading your little stories or
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