SunShine wrote:...when you go on VL official site, they have dropped the Granada operation and replaced it with something different. Do not ever consider doing this course. Waste of money. Also, their reputation is such that my job applications never get considered.
VL is so similar to another operation that has been hotly debated on the Alex Case
blog, that it is hard to know which is a carbon copy of the other. They are obviously not connected, but both claim to be the largest or near largest n the world, neither are accredited but insists that they are quality controlled by a board of advisers, both are a chain of franchises, and the hype on their websites follows a very similar pattern.
As one commentator stated very recently on Alex's page:"As to the accreditation scheme, it never gets involved in teachers’ terms and conditions, even when they have a direct effect of quality. How effective is that?”
Which just about sums up the the situation for complaints about accommodation and anything thing else that is not academically related to the course.
A franchisee, often a man-and-wife team, has bought the brand and perhaps the course content, and the franchise sellers are not in the slightest bit interested in how these independent businesses are managed.
The 'parent' organisations will of course, however, close ranks to protect the image of the brand.
To quote another member on these organisations "90% percent of the complaints are about the same 2% of the providers."
- at least that give hope that the other 98% of the TESOL institutes do a good job.
When looking for work, bear in mind also that the same formula applies equally to the franchise chains of language schools. The dodgiest ones are often the ones that claim to be the largest, and are the ones that attract the most flak.