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Shanghai: UNHOLY ALLIANCE IN THE MAKING
Here′s a developing story for your consideration. It′s gone well beyond the rumor stage but seems only to lack the final chop from the institution involved.

Foreign teachers at Shanghai Normal University--even relative oldtimers--were given only one-semester contracts this past September. The reason now seems to have emerged: the school on Guilin Lu in south Shanghai has contracted with corporate English First to run its one-year mandatory oral English course for third-year students. It appears that English First not only will supply the curriculum and supervision but also will have an HR function in determining what teachers will be rehired for the spring semester . . . And, of course, who won′t be rehired.

Adding a certain piquancy to the situation is the widely known fact that Shanghai Normal′s FAO has for years had a business interest in English First in Shanghai.

We′ll keep you posted.

Nativespeaker1 [2004-11-27, 04:33:00][ID: 1061-5786] nativespeaker1

I am lost, I don′t understand. Is something wrong with EF′s and the Univeristy policies as mentioned above? Does their activities breach a law? How are the teachers affected by all this? I have been up working and studying the pass twenty hours. I just came upon your post. Perhaps something slipped by me here. Explain?

ESL ajarn [2004-11-27, 13:11:00][ID: 1061-5787] Yeah, I′m definitely not a fan of EF, but I don′t see any cause for outrage here. I can′t see anything illegal being done, and the school is no doubt saving itself a lot of expense and headache…which is what schools here are best at.

Raoul Duke [2004-11-27, 20:42:00][ID: 1061-5789] The comment:

"Adding a certain piquancy to the situation is the widely known fact that Shanghai Normal′s FAO has for years had a business interest in English First in Shanghai."

Is there a breach of law here? Are Chinese universities not allowed to have business interests in private or franchise businesses? I am missing your point.

Info wanted [2004-11-27, 23:54:00][ID: 1061-5790] The point in this case is that the FAO (Foreign Affairs Officer- an individual person) is purportedly using his connections to both institutions to enrich him/herself. This IS sleazy. Unfortunately, it′s also the way things get done in China. This kind of thing is Standard Operating Procedure here and will be found in pretty much every institution in the country- including all of the schools.

Raoul
Raoul′s China ESL Saloon

Raoul Duke [2005-01-01, 10:18:00][ID: 1061-5958]