When you happen over these reviews, please DO NOT IGNORE. They are true and I experienced it first hand!!! I read the reviews but when I interviewed with him, I thought it couldn't be this bad. Well, you'd be surprised because it was worst. I don't even know where to start!
When I interviewed, he told me after three months I would get a review and then if my review was good, I would get a raise. Well, my fault to trust him....all of a sudden he's giving me a review two weeks after I started working. He made me feel bad for him by saying how busy he was so he would need to do my review early. I felt bad so I said yes sure. After he gave me the review, he said how good I was doing etc so I asked him for what he promised me in my interview. WELL....all of a sudden he doesn't remember...he didn't write it down...he never said that did he...then I wouldn't let it go so he decided he would have to give it to me because he said it. Next day he comes in...he negotiates the raise down $10NT. Ok, I'm here for the experience so that's fine. Money wasn't the issue...keeping your word was the issue. Now here comes the hell....after I was such a good teacher...I became a BAD teacher and he wanted another review after two more weeks. I tried to reason with him...I tried to tell him just because it's September doesn't mean that it's the next month; one month is 30 days or so! He reviewed me at the end of August...comes two weeks into September he's reviewing me again. I was frustrated so I said ok fine whatever. He told me he would review me for two days...then decided he would review me for a week. I said no...two days of him in my class was enough! The kids hate when he's in there. They act differently because he has no manners. Tapping on their desks and everything. He even made one girl student cry in my class then when I tried to console her and have her join the activities again, he told me I should have left her alone. That for kids that cry, don't pay any attention to them because they'll cry more especially the girls. "They cry too much." THIS MAN SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO EVEN OWN AN ENGLISH SCHOOL...let alone teach these kids English. For my young class, he told me to make the abc sounds from my stomach. To use my stomach to talk...I said no, I can't. I've never heard of that before. Then he told me I need to be googling how to teach the abc sounds, but did he google how to teach it? Half the things he told me to do he stole from other teachers and didn't know how to apply it. After this review however, everything I did was wrong. He found fault in every way I taught and tried to make me think I was a bad teacher...I was teaching wrong. When we had our review meeting, he wanted me to teach like him. He wanted me to be doing his s*u*i* memory game that the kids don't even like! He said to drill drill drill and repeat repeat repeat. I told him I want the kids to comprehend what I'm teaching them not memorize everything. He gets all upset, started s*c*ing his teeth, and started acting like a spoiled kid saying, "Fine! Fine! We'll see how the kids do on their exam then. We'll see how they do!" and ended the meeting. Low and behold, the kids passed with flying colors! That wasn't the only incident. He's telling me to do one thing for class and his wife (the accountant - one day and the receptionist - another day and the TA - some days) is telling me to do it another way. They need to talk to each other and figure out what they want instead of telling people how to do the same thing in two totally opposite ways.
Now he's not going to give me my raise...he keeps putting the contract in my face. "But the contract..but the contract" He's a liar. He asked me to come the beginning of August. He had just lost a teacher from doing the same things to her...but her story is for her to tell. I came in around 2 am and the next day I was already being shown the school and learning things about the school. I was naive and s*u*i* (you could say). I trusted and depended on this man. I was in training that week and started teaching the week after. His training (I just want to laugh) consisted of me sitting in on teachers teaching. His materials consisted of pages of things the students have learned. Mind you this is the first time I've ever taught. After a week and a half of that, I was teaching. I just found out that per the law in Taiwan, you should not be teaching without a working permit. He had me teaching illegal without my knowledge for a whole month. I didn't get my working visa until somewhere in September. For August pay, he told me he's giving me the money in cash and not taking any taxes out...oh and also he was telling me he would pay for the private insurance of $200 NT for me because it's only 200 so "fine for that". He didn't charge me tax and didn't report to the government that I was working (ding ding ding)! Bells should have been ringing in my head but I just saw...oh so nice of this man! He's trying to help me sincerely. Little did I know...little did I know....
September pay came...he's trying to convince to take the 6% tax instead of the 18% - it was to help me save money...."the government knows about it...and says it's OK"..."other teachers before said I was dirty for saying it." I asked him if the government knew and was ok with it...he said yes....I said ok then if the government knows and is ok with it then why would you be dirty? So why not? I took the 6% tax. He had two separate pieces of paper: one for the full pay and one for the fake pay. He was ok to pay me by the 6% but wait until the end...wait to hear what he did!
After the hellish review week, I decided I wasn't a good teacher. He kept insisting I teach like him. I told him "but when I interviewed you said I could teach my way". How can I teach my way but teach like him? There's no way...so I gave him my resignation. Our teaching methods were too different and there was no way I was going to just drill information into the students and not have them learn how to use the English. He apologized to me about lying (he kept saying that I was mad because of the review. I kept trying to tell him it's not the review but that he LIED to me.) He didn't lie to me once, he lied to me multiple times by now. After he apologized for lying and said he will try not to have "any miscommunications again", I agreed to stay.
Things changed...I changed...I started listening to music and doing my own things are work. Then came the looking through my things! I thought I was going crazy...when I started noticing my lesson plans (some are notebooks and some are binders) being moved and placed in different directions....I decided to take all my lesson plans with me. Then my draw, which is kind of broken and I keep things in it, was open when I come down between classes. I thought I was going crazy for a second...then I realized someone was looking through my things like the first reviews. So I cleaned out my draws...threw everything away...a couple days go by and sure enough the draw was opened again. So I started leaving notes for whoever it was that was going through my draws. Everyday I left a different note so they would know I know they were looking through my draws. After a week of that, it stopped. I still left notes but the draw wasn't left open anymore.
Then the apartment I was living in started growing mold on my clothes. My co-worker said don't open the windows but I didn't listen to her. It was so humid so I kept the windows opened and opened the fan....sure enough my room was covered in mold. I was complaining to the boss and he's like oh yeah Taiwan is very humid open the windows. I told him I did and it's not working. (You have to understand. Where I live in America, I don't have a humidity problem or mold. I had no idea how it spreads or anything). He just kept telling me to open the fan and open the window...there's no circulation. It became such a big problem because the landlord was not going to help us either. I said it’s all over the room, it's making me sick. The landlord needs to do something. So, I went away for one weekend and decided to let them come look. They looked then came back on Monday to look at the co-worker's room. Then they accused us of smoking in the apartment. That we were burning stuff! I have pictures for proof. I made a video for proof. I have pictures of mold growing on my underwear but they want to brush it off and say I was smoking in my room! That I never open my windows that's why the mold is growing. I was upset! How do they know I open or close the windows...do they live there or do I live there? Then they laughed at my co-worker as she cried out of frustration. They just kept saying open the window and the mold will disappear by itself! We said but it's cold now...how are we supposed to open the windows at night...he goes “open it a little”. So, if we don't die from mold, we will die from pneumonia. At the signing of the contract, he's all this is this...this just says this...sign sign sign...now he's telling us "I can't help you. I'm just the middle man. I don't know. I’m just the translator." Yes – a very bad translator!
I felt sick so I went to see the doctor. This doctor was priceless! He spoke some English...he wouldn't listen to my concerns...then he told me I was allergic to the air in Homei Town. He said I'm having an ALLERGIC reaction to the polluted factory air...which is causing me to have a cold. He prescribed me two cough medicines and a antibacterial pill. Well well well doctor...all I did to make the symptoms go away was clean the mold. SMH...I've really lost all trust in Taiwanese doctors. I will probably never go to another one again.
Comes the day of reckoning: I went to work Monday...called out Tuesday because even after I cleaned the mold off the walls and bought tons of dessicant to put in the room and on everything...I had mold growing all over my undergarments. I messaged him that I had to clean my clothes and dry at the laundry. I even sent him a picture of my molded u*d*e* I threw away. I had to go BUY new underwears! Wednesday comes along...I go in...he's talking about we need to discuss the situation. I told him I have to lesson plan. He wouldn't stop..just kept pushing. I said no..and that I will move out on the date I moved into the apartment. Then he bothers me again to have a meeting with the landlord. I said not today...if I want a meeting with the landlord then I need all my rental receipts and all that so I know what they are talking about. Come down after class and the landlord is standing there with his copies of the contract. Are you serious? After I told him no, he went ahead and did it anyways. So, fine, we decided to go talk. Boss man was egging me to record the conversation. I was, don't worry. So I told him no he should record it and he did with his phone. I recorded mine which never stopped for the whole four hours of craziness. He stopped his after the landlords left.
Convo with the landlord: Boss man was causing so much drama with the landlord but lies to us. The landlord is all upset...the boss man told him we were going to sue the landlord...I said I reported him...not that I'm suing him. The boss was the one that suggested that we would have to go the court and we said yes, fine. The landlord then wanted me to pay him money and I'm like no...come to find out the boss man NEVER explained the contract to me correctly! He never told me the start of my lease included my temporary housing! When we went to sign, the boss told me I was paying for the two weeks at the apartment and for the month’s pay...plus the deposit which is two months rent. Hence all the confusion...the boss was just egging the landlord on and was trying to get me kicked me out of the apartment. The landlord was trying to make me pay him in advance...which the boss is the one who set up our rental payment date to be after our payday which is the 10th of every month...so the rent is due on the 11th...oh but if pay day lands on Sat*r*ay...you don't get paid until the next Monday. So this month, pay day lands on Sat*r*ay and I get paid on Monday. I asked the landlord to allow me to pay him the same way I've always been paying him. He wouldn’t budge. Just kept telling me I must pay him. Everything is going horrible until we called one of the TAs to do the translating instead. She was in the room for about 20 mins and everything was settled. Her translation of the problem: The landlord said I was going to leave in the middle of the night...that's what the boss told him...that's why he was trying to extract money from me. I wasn't having it...I said but I work here and if I don't pay you, wouldn't you just come here for the payment? I don't understand why you would think I would leave in the night? Even if I left, I still work here!!!! No common sense at all…that’s when everything clicked! The night before the boss messaged me and kept trying to make me go see an apartment. I wouldn’t go…kept saying no…then he attempted to negotiate with me by saying he would pay for 1200 of the monthly bill and I would pay the same amount as I did in this moldy apartment. I declined and said a friend was helping me look for apartments in Changhua City…no wonder after that – suddenly, I’m leaving in the middle of the night! Ding ding ding! Becareful with his sweet lies…when he feeding you good and bringing you things and doing things for you…he wants something from you!
Convo after landlord leaves: boss man tried to make other co-worker stay and discuss their problem. She wanted me to stay as a witness…he didn’t want me there. She did…so I went and sat down. That’s when hell broke loose…because he started pointing his finger in her face and accusing her of finding a job. Saying she was leaving etc. Then he tried to use her email as proof…but proof it was…proof for her that boss man couldn’t comprehend English well enough. He couldn’t comprehend her email and assumed she was looking for a new job or got a new job already. Then he told her “well maybe today’s your last day”, so technically, he fired her…lol…but she quit after that. And I have all this as proof on record! He stopped his recording after the landlord and maintenance guy left but I didn’t stop mine. I recorded everything that was said. I have five hours’ worth of recording. So, I quit too because if he can do that to her…what makes me think he’s not going to do that to me. So, we stood together and he wasn’t getting rid of us until he paid us our money. That’s when he decided the 18% was BY LAW and took ALL THE BACK TAXES FROM AUGUST out of this month’s pay. He didn’t want me to have money plus he knows I’m going to report him. BUT he forgot...I still have all the paystubs and my bank statements showing how much he actually paid me and at what percent. He was sending a different version of my pay to the government and keeping the real version for himself. Now, he decides he’s going to charge me 18% and backtracked all the months he didn’t charge me – to cover his own behind. See how sneaky he is?!
Also, the whole thing started because of RITA. She was talking about our mold problem with all the TAs that Monday when I went to work. She thought I didn’t hear her but I did. She kept saying our names and how we were at fault because we blocked the door. And that our fans in the apartment were all black. Ummm…blocking the door had nothing to do with the mold. I block the door but opened the window and the mold spread everywhere. If they had any common sense, they would have looked up mold information. BUT we’re talking about Giant and Rita here…only thing they look up is how to cheat parents.
Oh, I almost forgot the most precious thing ever! They wanted to do this big Christmas event…hahaha…but the TA Jenny told me they would make the kids buy their own supplies and bring it to school!!! Can you believe that? They charge the parents an arm and a leg but they can’t even provide the students with supplies for a Christmas event they want to do. Oh Oh and if you work for them, you have to buy your own notebooks or binders…your own paper…They get really upset when you print a lot. Before they use to allow us to print worksheets for the kids to do after the tests…after the new teacher came (lol..he used a lot of paper), they decided to tell me and the other girl that we shouldn’t print anymore things for the kids. The other teacher even witnessed he hitting one of the kids on the head for playing with the light switch.
Lesson here is: don’t trust these people. Boss man’s wife RITA is a witch in disguise. Be very very careful around her. She’d be all nice to your face then BAM talk s*i* behind your back. If you decide to work here, GOOD LUCK! You’re going to need it. What I just stated was only half the things they did to me. Remember, I was only here for FOUR MONTHS! These people just give you the worst worst worst ever experience in Taiwan. If not for meeting so many nice Taiwanese people (out of this town), I would just go back home.
The kids are the upside. You will fall in love with them.
Lying. Cheating. Lazy. Bad manners - one time he was talking to me as he was unbuckling his pants and putting his shirt in. Everyday, all you hear is the c*a*kling hen (Rita) in the front talking sh*t about people (oh but she's telling the parents about you when there's no parents out there).
Advice to Management
Close the school - those kids deserve a better future. Your 17 year old books need to be updated and your bathrooms need to be really cleaned - not just dumping water on the floor. Your 10 year old posters and pictures are changing colors - it's time to fall!
Inter English School
No. 39 Yang Le Rd, Homei Town, Changhua County, Taiwan 508