Next Lesson Topic: Bankrupt
Nova, the largest private language school chain in Japan, ceased to operate a few months ago. It came so quickly and unexpectedly that many ESL teachers--most of them came from the western countries-- didn't get paid for their last month of the service.
Some of the teachers got stuck in Japan because they had little saving to cover even an one-way ticket to fly back home. I guess either Nova didn't pay them well prior to the bankruptcy, or the teachers had hard time to save. It's an unpleasant scene that caught some attentions of the international media. But from this Canadian ESL's account, it wasn't as bleak as it looked like. In her interview, she said:
"It was pretty crazy. I loved it. I loved the people," she told CTV's Canada AM.
"They were so amazing. They were so nice. When Nova went down, I heard stories of people getting free food from their students, students offering teachers a place to stay. They were amazing about the whole Nova situation."This debacle doesn't scare her from doing the same. Her next move? According to the same interview:
"Korea is the next option. A lot of my friends, the majority of my friends went to Korea and that's what I plan to do end of January," she said.
It seems that teaching ESL is a great fun hard to miss. Or is it teaching ESL in Asia sounds too exotic to miss out?