Toxic People in the Field of ELT and How to Deal with Them

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Oh, bruv, let me tell ya… the world of English Language Teaching (ELT) is an absolute paradise! Or at least, that’s what we’d like to believe. But brace yourselves, folks; you’re about to dive into the tantalising tale of toxic English teachers who, once their time at their charming little ELT organisation is up, feel the uncontrollable urge to badmouth their workplace, coworkers, and managers!

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Everyone’s entitled to a little venting, right?” Wrong, mate! That’s like saying it’s okay to gossip about your nan’s poor taste in fashion. These teachers ain’t doing themselves any favours by slating their workplaces.

Let’s talk about how we should jolly well deal with these big-mouthed blighters! Should we give ’em a piece of our minds or pop their egos like balloons? Nah. Being the refined and sophisticated folk that we are, let’s opt for the silent treatment. Just be ever so polite, give ’em a smile, and carry on. Because, you know, they’re always right and never the source of the problem. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

Now, let’s dive into a less-than-shocking revelation. It’s a total mystery why they can’t seem to grasp that blabbering negatively about one’s past job is basically a one-way ticket to career nightmares, innit? I mean, if I were an employer and I stumbled upon one of these teachers, I’d be like “Yes! Clearly, this is the chap who represents our company’s morals and values. Permanently discontent and a legendary gossiper, surely a fantastic addition to our team!” I jest, of course – ain’t nobody got time for that.

In conclusion, dear English teacher friends, be sure to share this post with your colleagues and even those toxic folks who can’t seem to keep their traps shut. It’s never too late to remind them that badmouthing former workplaces is a surefire way to muck up their careers ahead in our beloved ELT community. Cheerio, and keep it classy!

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