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Tuykey in Asia (School): The English Academy - Private School - TurkeyThe English Academy is a private school located in Izmir, Turkey.

 

Address: 1374 sk. no: 18 k4 Cankaya, Izmir, Turkey.

Website: The English Academy

1 customer review

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The English Academy, Izmir, Turkey
5 years ago.
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As an experienced ESL teacher abroad I have NOTHING good to say about this school.  The owner, a Turkish man who bought the business just over a year ago, is an absolute crook and repeatedly cheated several former and current teachers, and other staff members, out of their hard-earned pay.  Teachers and other staff members dropped like flies during the time I was there.  Pay was NEVER on time and rarely in full.  The teachers' contracts were not adhered to (I was contracted to work a 5-day week, but after arrival I and the other teachers were told that we would have to work a 6-day week or we would be fired) and work permits were never acquired, leaving teachers personally liable for fines and potentially subject to deportation.  Because of this, teachers were repeatedly hidden or sneaked out of the building when education officials would unexpectedly appear at the school.  The school touts itself as only hiring native-speaker teachers, and though this WAS the case under the previous ownership it is now a blatant lie, as unqualified non-native speakers are continually being hired to replace the qualified ones forced to resign due to frustration with the unprofessional conditions.  The classrooms are filthy (as are the bathrooms - never any toilet paper or paper towels) with broken desks and chairs, leaky air conditioners and malfunctioning equipment.  The books used are all illegal copies made in Istanbul so students never get the CDs and/or DVDs that should be included, and the cheaply made copies are often difficult to read and fall apart easily.  Mistakes were continually made with the scheduling of private and make-up lessons, leaving teachers to either be called in on a moment's notice or to arrive at the school only to find another mistake had been made and there was no class to teach.  Front office staff try to do their best but fail under the incompetent direction of the office manager who is also a vicious gossip and deliberately withholds pay from any staff member she doesn't like.  The Director of Studies consistently ignores the problems faced by teachers, especially where payments are concerned, and is ineffectual in his dealings with the owner as the owner simply does what he wants without regard to logic, ethics or recommendations based on successful ped*g*gic models.  In short, under the leadership of the current management, what was once a highly respected language school has been reduced to a laughingstock and a shell of its former self.  Teachers should stay far away as employment here will only lead to frustration, disappointment and anger.
The pros
The students at this school were wonderful and deserve better.
Institution Location
Izmir, Turkey
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    80%
  • Living situation
    50%
  • Pay & benefits
    10%
  • Support & facilities
    10%
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    10%
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