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    New but have to agree with these reviews so far.

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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at ELS Language Centers part-time (less than an year)


    Vacation, nice hours, preplanned curriculum, and they seem genuine about academic honesty and teaching students English. The quality of the teachers seems very high. They are all professional and committed, from what I've seen so far. They are also very helpful. I was surprised to read that prep time was not paid, since prep time is accounted for. It might not be adequate, but the pay overall is pretty low, and the prep time pay does help.


    Pay is not that great and the training is pretty cursory. I'm new so I can't comment on much else. Maybe I'll update later. I was really impressed with these guys at first. But quickly I realized how overworked the ADs are. They don't have time to really train teachers. I was thrown into a class with books after watching some videos. Since I've taught this material before in other settings, I was able to keep up, but I don't know how a new teacher would do it. Also there were inconsistencies between the manual and what teachers were actually doing, and I heard different stories about instructions from different people. I basically would sit in the lounge and find teachers to pester with questions, and that helped a lot. I was able to struggle through my first weeks by doing that. Any new job is tough, and I think I got hired at a weird time so I didn't get to really observe classes and review a lot of material before just jumping into class. So my situation may have been atypical. But I can see that in this type of situation, turnover would probably be high.

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    Train teachers before putting them in classrooms. Watching videos is not training.

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