I first started helping Alex at his Smith’s School of English Horie School last Christmas.
As I am terrible with directions, I am always a bit nervous about going to a franchise school for the first time. It turned out that my worry was absolutely unnecessary because Smith’s School of English Horie School was probably one of the easiest Smith’s schools to find.
It is only a 2 minute walk from the Sennichimae Line Nishinagahori Station and as Alex put up Smith’s School of English advertising flags all along the street, there was no way for me to miss it!
Smith’s School of English Horie School only has 1 classroom, but I liked the setting of it right away for its coziness. Alex keeps the school very clean and tidy, and he has a lot of plants which give the place a relaxing atmosphere.
Alex fills his fridge with berry juice, orange juice and lemon tea, which are offered to the students together with a variety of herb teas and coffee.
My Friday students always appreciate the glass of chilled juice after a long day’s work.
Once you are trained to follow the Smith’s School of English curriculum, teaching at Horie, or at any other franchise school for that matter, becomes a piece of cake.
All the teachers use the same curriculum material, so it is easy for a first-time teacher to take over classes because students recognize the continuity of the lessons and are therefore comfortable with a new face.
By flicking through a student’s file, you will be able to find out what has been taught and what hasn’t, when a particular lesson plan was used, and how the lesson actually went.
Alex also makes detailed notes on students’ trial lesson reports. I find them useful when I prepare for my first lesson with them.
The other thing I like about teaching at Smith’s School of English Horie is the student body. As I’ve taught nearly all classes when Alex was away, I had the chance to meet almost all the students there. Nearly every one of them was a pleasure to teach. They were friendly, motivated and always grateful. Of course there are always a couple of “interesting and unique” students out in any school, but as long as you follow the curriculum, there is nothing to worry about.
There isn’t a lot of paperwork involved in the Smith’s School of English system. The lesson report, attendance report and course guides are pretty much all the paperwork required of a part-time teacher.
I do need to give out students’ tuition envelops every second week of the month, then collect and record students’ tuition. Needless to say, this is rather important work because the school relies on that income to keep operating.
Then again, Alex is very organized and he leaves notes on the schedule to remind me, he also leaves out students’ files of the day for my convenience.
Whenever I have any questions or problems, he is always prompt at responding.
It is great to work at a school that cares for its students as well as its teachers.
Alessandro “Alex” Stanciu
Smith’s School of English Horie/Yotsubashi
月謝制のスミス英会話堀江校 / 四ツ橋校
Smith’s School of English Fuse