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12 April 2010 @ 11:25 pm
Free time  
Well, I haven't really posted about it before, but I have a lot more free time now due to being out of work. I wasn't actually told the reason for it (there were some hints), but on the Lang side it mostly seemed related to the distance. My boss was considering bringing me in part-time, but it would have cost my boss roughly ¥70,000 (about $750) a month in transportation fees to bring me into the city. It wasn't cost effective for her and I wouldn't have made enough on my end to bother with it, so working at Lang was out.

Suzugamine was a nice place to work, but as it turned out they simply didn't have the money to rehire me. Enrollment had dropped by almost 65% in the past 10 years, and it's getting low enough that the foreign teacher they have at Suzugamine Tandai ("junior college." Literally, "short college") doesn't have enough students for a full workload, so they're bringing him over to teach classes as well as getting more part time teachers with no experience. Apparently, that was specifically what the vice-principal was looking for. I expect that, since they're switching to team-teaching this year for all English conversation classes, they don't want foreign teachers who have their own ideas about teaching and therefore will screw up the JTE's perfect lesson plans. I may be being uncharitable, though.

I will miss the students, though. Here's hoping Ayumi and Sachiyo stop being so bored, and Mayumi does manage to become a translator, and Yuka goes on to become a child psychologist and Miwako a primary school teacher, and Masumi gets as good at English as she hopes, and all the others succeed. I may see them around Hiroshima here and then, but whether they'll want to chat is another question entirely.
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ccamfieldccamfield on April 12th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that you lost your job! :(
Genamoonwych on April 12th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that happened, especially since you seem to be a caring teacher that remembers the quirks and goals of your students. I imagine they would talk to you if they saw you, unless there is some culture thing I'm missing.
Nancynotthecheat on April 12th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Bummer you lost your job. Is it hard to look for work there? Hopefully you can find something else without too much stress.
Khandri, the Newtype Wannabekhandreia on April 12th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
Bleh, sorry to hear that things didn't work out. Hopefully you'll find something else soon enough.
q99q99 on April 12th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Bummer about the job.

*Sends success-rays at the aforementioned students*