We’ve all heard teachers gripe about shortcomings of working at a school. Bureaucracy, money, people problems. . .

There are glowing benefits of working in a school too. Free books, copy machines, travel allowances, regular classes, not having to look for your own clients. . .

And every school is different. There are small and large language schools, state schools, local schools, schools for adults, schools for kids . . .

They differ in the resources they offer, the support the administration gives, pedagogical advisory, and communication with clients, (not to mention what they pay!).

They differ in expectations too. I applied for a job once and the first question in the interview was, “what’s your availability?” Some say language schools only want maximum availability, maximum flexibility, and maximum professionalism.

What’s important to you regarding the school where you teach?

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