People are still talking about Nova and what’s to come but there’s no solid solution for foreigners who worked for Nova besides returning to their home country… and who really wants to do that? Japan kicks ass! Today there is an interesting article over at Japan Today regarding people who used to work for Nova. “EF invites Nova instructors to teach in China for Olympics” which could be interesting. I wonder what the pay would be.
A Switzerland-based English language institute on Wednesday invited instructors who lost jobs because of the failure of Nova Corp to teach English in China where demand for English learning is expected to shoot up ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. EF Education First Ltd, which has been chosen as an official language partner of the Olympics, is seeking about 1,000 English instructors who can teach English in such major Chinese cities as Beijing and Shanghai, Molly Fitzpatrick from the institute said at a press conference in Tokyo.
In other news, 12 companies apply for sponsorship to rebuild Nova.
Twelve companies have applied for sponsorship to rebuild Nova Corp, the failed biggest foreign language school chain in Japan, Nova’s two court-appointed administrators said Saturday. Some of the 12 companies made specific proposals to turn around the Osaka-based Nova, they said. Nova was granted court protection from creditors Oct 26 under the Corporate Rehabilitation Law.
To survive in this world you gotta do what you gotta do. And the word on the street mentions Nova teachers offer lessons for food. Whoa!
A labor union representing teachers and staff at the failed Nova Corp said Thursday it will set up a relief fund for the teachers and a program whereby students can take their language lessons from their Nova teachers in exchange for basic food items or a meal. The National Union of General Workers Tokyo Nambu said at a press conference in Tokyo that the program called “Lessons-for-food” is to support the non-Japanese instructors, many of whom have been left penniless after Nova, Japan’s largest foreign language school chain, filed for court protection from creditors after several months of delays in paying wages to its instructors.
But what about the students? I think it’s important that the people of Japan learn the English language as good as possible. Not because I can’t speak Japanese, but for economic reasons. A ton of countries speak English and Japan is the 2nd largest economy right now. I don’t see the rest of the world learning Japanese that quickly. So what about these abandoned Nova students? Geos, Aeon, other schools to take Nova students
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has asked two umbrella organizations of the language education industry to extend their support to the students. The 66-member Japan Association for the Promotion of Foreign Language Education is set to accept some 5,000 Nova students mainly to its five major language school operators – ECC Foreign Language Institute, Berlitz Japan Inc, Aeon, Shane Corp and American Language School, the sources said. Meanwhile, the 21-member All Japan Linguistics Association will accept a total of 3,000 students, mainly at schools operated by Geos.
Well that’s about it for now. Good luck to the teachers and the students both.