I Am the Man-Bat!

The best thing about working at Geos was meeting all the really nice students. That's probably the only redeeming quality of the place. I got to meet a lot of very nice people.

Sometimes I was asked to do things above and beyond the call of duty and I was very happy to oblige. One of my students worked for an insurance company. They had just bought and moved into a smaller regional office and they wanted some English on the huge windows facing the street to ad a certain air of sophistication to the place. My student asked me to compose something suitable for the front window.

Moonlighting

After Chris left GEOS, I began to wonder what caused the whole commotion with him in the first place. Was GEOS really that bad? Sid, our area trainer, seemed like a decent guy to me. Molly, though she hated our manager, was telling me to not let "those GEOS bastards get to you." We would go over the Monday Japan Times behind closed doors like two plotting thieves and look at our options.

20/20

Dear Chris,
Spent the last couple of hours reading the site. Some pretty funny stuff! I was thinking of going to Japan via Geos in the near future but after reading the stories and the message board I'm getting second thoughts. Is there anything good you can say about Geos? If you were given a second chance, would you do Geos again?
Sincerely,
Rudy Blundell.

Dear Rudy,

Paper Cup

Near the end of my third and final year with GEOS, I became the "Senior Teacher" at the school. This didn't mean that I was some hyper energetic company cheerleader, it merely meant that I had been at the school the longest. Talk about a glutton for punishment, huh?

Certifiable

Frantic movement and the sounds of posters being ripped off walls could be heard from Alisa's classroom. Every now and then a muttered curse seeped out of the room under the closed door.

Linda's voice could be heard trying to soothe Alisa but it wasn't working. Finally, the sound of a trash can being mightily kicked across the room echoed through the school. Miki, the manager du jour, peaked around the corner from her office, phone pressed to her ear. The classroom door flew open and Alisa stormed out.

Run Like the Wind

During a typical day at GEOS we would have 7-9 classes of varying length and level. We were also expected to interview prospective students whenever one walked through the door. The manager would usually coral the victim into the interview booth- called the fleecing chamber by the foreign staff- and give them the whole spiel.

One day the manager came up to me and asked me to do an interview. "No problem."

Sleeping Ugly

After I had been working at Gregg for a few weeks, it was decided that my only adult conversation class at the Jiyugaoka school would be observed. I don't think any teacher will tell you that this is a fun thing. This particular class was a joy to teach. The students were very high level and very motivated. They told me, all of them, that they did not enjoy using the textbook or the teaching methodology. They said, and I'm paraphrasing here, "We enjoy conversation in English. We come to this school once a week for conversation."

The Interview

Guest post by Saburo Goro

Agent Was Who He Said He Was.

Oddly enough, Agent 13-57 arrived as he departed. Well, maybe a couple of imperceptible moments later. But you've got to admit that that's a pretty good trick, and in the Big Sky, quite a bit better than breaking even.

Back Into the Fray

Although I had lived in Japan for three years up till then, I had no idea what it would be like to go to Japan. When I went originally with Geos, most of the worries weren't there. I had been assured of a furnished place to stay, transportation would be provided, and all necessary paperwork regarding the work visa would be handled.

Hmm?

During my initial hiring process in Canada before joining Geos and coming to Japan, one of the interviewers asked me what I wanted to do in Japan. I answered honestly, "I want to learn about Japan. I'd like to learn the language but also other things, like the literature as well."

"Well, that might be OK sometimes, but please remember your priority is to teach English."

"Oh, yeah, of course. What I meant was in my free time and on weekends and whatnot. Of course in class it has to be me teaching them." "That might be OK, sometimes..." Yumiko said and we left it at that.

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