I used to think that the bigger a school chain is and the more expat foreign teachers they employ, the safer and better place it would be to work. But after working at Hampson English I discovered that was just a dangerous myth, and now i see it is even worse at Best Learning which also uses other names like Beile. I have always been suspicious of China companies that use a bunch of different names. This guy had pretty much the same experience I did myself last year. https://www.scam.com/showthread.php?704467-UPDATED-China-Liars-List-ESL-TEFL-Teacher-Job-Scams-Internships-Exporters-etc-BLACKLIST&p=1976424#post1976424
My neighbor used to work for them until he was arrested and deported last May. I inherited his mountain bike and flat screen TV from his apartment so I can’t really complain. But I do remember that Best Learning did nothing to help him when he was arrested and denied that they were the ones who arranged the phony diploma and TEFL certificate for him.
Also, their mediocre pay is not worth the risks imo. I am going to post this up at http://reddit.com/r/tefl_tips_traps_scams later today when I get home from work. Anyway, I thought you should all be warned about this school that looks great on the outside.
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UPDATE FROM CHINA DAILY NEWSPAPER:
I just found this in the China Daily Newspaper;
Over 20,000 Chinese students victimized by fake teacher scam at Best Learning
*ow would YOU feel if you just found out that your 7 year-old daughter has been learning English for almost two years from a foreigner who was arrested three times for DUI, once for assault, and again for credit card fraud? Then you discover that this “teacher” never graduated from any university and never taught anything before coming to China on a tourist visa, and then was instantly transformed into an American English teacher by a company that arranged for them to buy a phony university diploma and a fake TEFL certificate? On a scale of 1 to 10, how outraged would you be as parent after paying this teacher’s school $10,000 a year for English lessons with this teacher?
The above is exactly what happened to Wendy Wei and her daughter Ling (not their real names) after her teacher confessed he was not really an American as the school presented, but was really a Ukrainian refugee who himself learned English in America three years ago. Now he is teaching it to 57 Chinese kids in Beijing. “Lee” is just one of over 129 such foreign “teachers” employed by “Best Learning” a Chinese-owned chain school with 8 locations in Beijing, and tells mothers “we are part of an American chain school” when in fact, they are not.
Through this incident it recently came to our attention that the Best Learning chain school in Beijing which is owned by two Chinese men who only provide Chinglish names “Larry” and “Jacky” and who, like many private Chinese-owned schools pretend to be from America and even hang false awards and business licenses on their walls. About 75% of their teaching staff are foreign “teachers” who never taught anything before arriving in China.
*ut the management arranged for all these fake teachers to obtain fake diplomas from Purdue, Ohio State, and other big-name universities and use their color printer to crank out fake TEFL certificate as well. The Chinese mothers are both duped and impressed.
But as two of their employees working in Haidian district of Beijing told us, “They never delivered on their promise of a Z visa, and most all of us are working without a Z visa, or with a fake, black market Z visa. Without Z visas, the fake foreign teachers are working illegally in China. These forged documents she claims got 38 foreign teachers from Beile arrested and deported in 2016. “We are trapped in this job because no other school will hire us because they all know we have no real teaching credentials.” explained Karen who refused to give us her real name, although she says she is from Syracuse and before coming to China in 2016, was a cashier at her local Walmart. She has no criminal record, but she has no teaching experience nor a university degree, two requirements to teach in China by law. Official requirements can be found at safea.gov.cn.
Although the schools are modern and clean, the Chinese kids who enroll there and pay the hefty tuition get cheated out of a real education by fake Polish, Czech, Russian, and Ukranian teachers who all claim to be from America but refuse to show you their passports! They were all told to pick an American city and learn all they could about that city on the internet “just in case some parent asks you about your home town.”
A quick search online for “Best Learning, scam” shows their horrible reputation started the same year they opened in 2011. Search: eslteachersboard.com/cgi-bin/review/index.pl?noframes;read=39565;expand=1#m_39565
Our teacher sources also showed us their employment contract which compels the expat teachers to surrender their employee rights granted by Chinese labor laws. So most all of their foreign teachers are working illegally with illegal contracts that violate China labor laws. See: scam.com/showthread.php?704467-UPDATED-China-Liars-List-ESL-TEFL-Teacher-Job-Scams-Internships-Exporters-etc-BLACKLIST&p=1976424#post197642488*
No employment contract in China can legally force an expat or local employee to forfeit their employee rights according to China’s labor laws, but the management of Beile aka Best Learning ignore the law and milk their foreign teachers for at least 10 unpaid hours of overtime every week and create illegal probationary periods amongst other labor law violations. Since most newly-arrived expat teachers do not even know they have any such rights, they agree to sign the illegal contracts out of ignorance.
So where are all of these fake teachers coming from? Mostly Europe but 80% of them are being recruited by a Chinese woman who uses four different names and has a criminal record herself, and a nine year history of cheating and extorting foreign teachers. She goes by the name of Rosie, Rebecca, Rose, and Ruby. Her history and photo can be found here… opnlttr.com/letter/china-foreign-teachers-union-offers-1000-rmb-reward-legal-name-chinese-scam-artist-rosie. More current info about this wannabe English school can be found at reddit.com/r/chinascamcentral
We hope real TEFL & ESL Teachers working in China will expose all schools that do not provide foreign expats a real z visa sponsorship with a signed contract BEFORE they leave their homeland or those that make you work unpaid overtime or tell you to lie on your visa application. Those fake foreign teachers who go along with this and similar scams will probably eventually find their names and photos here: scam.com/showthread.php?734205-China-s-Fake-TEFL-Foreign-Teachers-Identified-Here&highlight=identified.
Beile Training runs most of the online teacher job ads, but Best Learning is their brand name. Avoid and spread the words ladies and gents – Ma Shan. Please note that 3 Beile foreign teachers have thus far confirmed the above information on a confidential basis.
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Here is another best learning horror story from 2013 which to me at least, shows a pattern of exploiting their own foreign teachers for years. https://chinadailymail.com/2013/09/30/chinese-school-recruiters-scam-expat-teachers/
Before applying for teaching jobs in China be sure to review http://chinascamwatch.org and the r/ChinaTEFL sub at Reddit so you don’t get screwed.
I have a Bachelors Degree in English Language, 120hrs TEFL and 3 years teaching experience and I was contacted by a recruiter hiring for Best Learning, now reading all these comments I am very scared maybe should not go ahead with the interview.
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