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  • ledley
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    27 October, 2006 at 17:55
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    Italy is a lovely place to work as the students are fun, be aware of some schools which are at best \"dodgy\" and worst complete \"cowboys\".

    Make sure you ask questions about the contract get everything in writing that the owner tells you as sometimes they deny saying things to you. Another point is to have a good standard of Italian as some try to \"fob\" you off with long winded terms than you wouldn’t understand.

    One school to be avoided at all costs is Inlingua in Pesaro and Rimini as I have personal experience from here. You salary is hardly ever paid and the working conditions are awful. The owners are a married couple who have not a clue on how to run a language school and are more interested in fleecing everybody in the school students and staff alike.
    Having said that there are some great schools around and you make friends and the way of life is great.

    I wanted other teachers to know what awaits them in Italy and good luck it’s fun but watch out for the pitfalls.

    please be aware that British Institutes are to be avoided at all costs as they never pay

    8)

    Acoreana83
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    23 January, 2007 at 1:13
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    :) Hello all!
    I’m new here. Well for the past few months I have been searching and applying to jobs in Italy (Ancona to be exact). I found an excellent one that even offers training in Bologna called English Is Fun! However, after repeated e-mails to several of their offices I am yet to receive a reply.
    If anyone has dealt with this place or knows of anything good in or near Ancona, please let me know!!
    Many thanks!

    helmcgregor
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    31 January, 2007 at 19:57
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    Has anyone worked in Foggia in Italy? It’s not the normal tourist Italy but I’m thinking of going. Any info?

    paul
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    23 February, 2007 at 12:54
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    Acoreana:

    Here’s the contact info for English Is Fun in Ancona from their website (englishisfun.it):

    Centro Autorizzato EIF
    British Institutes di Ancona
    Via Scrima 29
    tel: 071-2800737
    e-mail: ancona [at] britishinstitutes.it

    So it looks like they may be in partnership with the British Institutes there.

    jillianvaldez
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    12 July, 2007 at 0:45
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    Hello all, I am new with this interesting forum, Jillian.

    groundup
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    9 August, 2007 at 2:18
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    Hello all,
    I am a US citizen planning to move to Turin at the beginning of ’08 to teach English.
    As I cannot afford an on-site TEFL course I am looking into an online certification from an organisation here in the states, teflonline.com (they only offer a 60 hour certification in their online program), which I will procure before going to Italy. I do not have a bachelor’s degree, but have been working in radio and TV professionally for a few years.
    My Italian, by the time I get to Turin, will be basic at best.
    Does anyone have any advice for me on finding work that pays at least a living wage? I won’t need housing, but will have to afford rent.
    If I’m arriving in January is there any chance that I’ll be able to get work at a school? What are the term dates in Italy? Should I look into working in the business world instead of schools?
    About visas, has anyone on this site from the US gone to find work in Italy without a visa, and how difficult was it to get a job that way?

    Many thanks for any and all advice!

    Best,
    Alex

    alextj
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    13 April, 2008 at 21:26
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    Hi Ledley,

    Sorry to hear that, but unfortunately you’re not the only one in Italy who has had that kind of experience.

    Yes, there are good and bad, and downright ugly, schools here. In all fairness, British Institutes is a chain of franchises so some are probably excellent, while others, well, are not, as you’ve found out unfortunately.

    We decided a while back to try to help out new teachers by putting together some FAQs on teaching in Italy so they know what to look out for and the problems that can arise. Ok, so we’re not 100% impartial (but we’re not a franchise) but I hope it prevents some teachers learning the hard way about the dodgy fringes of the EFL world in Italy.

    The FAQs are at http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/teaching-english-italy-advice.htm – I hope they help to make teaching in Italy a pleasure rather than a gauntlet.

    Take care,
    Alex


    http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ – TJ Taylor – Business English in Milan for companies and professionals since 2003

    sonofjoe
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    16 September, 2008 at 7:46
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    please be aware that British Institutes are to be avoided at all costs as they never pay

    8)

    When I started work for the British Institute in Pozzuoli, I was asked how I would like to be paid; weekly, fortnightly or monthly in cash, cheque or direct to a bank. I selected cash fortnightly and WAS paid in cash fortnightly!

    I later moved to Aversa and was continued to be paid in cash fortnightly!! So it goes to prove that not all British Institutes are to be avoided?

    When you have your interview, stipulate how you wish to be paid! If they dont pay you on the specified date, don’t start the next lesson until you have been paid, simple.

    riviera
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    31 October, 2008 at 9:05
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    it´s not that expensive, read this guide writen by teachers who did it. http://www.myscuola.co.uk

    We used it and now have our own ESL school in Rome it took us less than a month to get up and running.

    Rachel Connabeer
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    12 January, 2009 at 14:05
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    I realise that I am replying to a posting from 2006, but as one of the new owners of inlingua Rimini I feel the need to distance myself from the previous management!

    I took over inlingua Rimini with a friend in March 2007 and we have no connections with the former owners. We are both from a freelance teaching background so we know what the job can be like, and we are trying to treat our teachers as we would want to be treated. Our teachers are our most important resource as well as colleagues and friends – and we want to work in an open, friendly and honest environment.

    Happiness and success to you all!
    Rachel Connabeer
    inlingua Rimini

    tim
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    9 February, 2009 at 22:10
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    I worked for the old owners of Rimini Inlingua and,albeit briefly, for Rachel and Sybil and can confirm that the new owners are decent people with a backround in teaching.

    Lilyvick
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    7 May, 2019 at 14:05
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    Is anyone here alive? Any updates on schools?

    dan
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    7 May, 2019 at 14:09
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    Hi Lilyvick

    This is quite an old thread – what kind of updates are you looking for?

    Dan

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