Teachers as Workers – interview with Paul Walsh part 1

Issues in ELT

tawsigThe TEFL show presents part 1 of the recent interview with Paul Walsh of the Teachers as Workers Special Interest Group (TaWSig) by Robert William McCaul. In this part we talk about some of the problems that teachers face in the industry: poor pay, low job security, a lack of sick pay, unfair contracts, compulsory unpaid duties such as attending meetings, homework correction, professional development programmes etc. Paul also talks about the frustrations of being a freelance teacher in Berlin- frustrations that ELT freelancers face around the globe. You can find TaWSig on Google+ and Twitter.

As always, we’re looking forward to your comments 🙂

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Working conditions in ELT

Issues in ELT
Photo by Ian MacKenzie under Creative Commons from: https://flic.kr/p/bBucPk

Photo by Ian MacKenzie under Creative Commons from: https://flic.kr/p/bBucPk

In this episode of The TEFL Show podcasts we discuss working conditions in the ELT industry. While there are certainly some regions where the pay and conditions for English teachers are very good, it seems to us that in many countries teachers in language schools are not only severely underpaid, but may also lack basic insurance or sick pay. We discuss why this is the case and suggest several ways to overcome this situation.

If you’re interested in this issue, you might want to follow Teachers as Workers Special Interest Group. You can find them on Twitter @taw_sig and on Google+ here, where there is a discussion group.

Don’t forget that it’s also available on a number of music services. Just click on one of the logos below to be redirected the service. If you enjoyed one of the episodes, we would appreciate if you rated it or left a comment.

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