Making the Break: Establishing a New School

  • Keith Richards
Part of the Communicating in Professions and Organizations book series (PSPOD)


Huberman’s observation on teachers with 7–18 years of experience in the classroom highlights a key moment in many careers. The instinct for discovery or adventure that attracts people to language teaching sooner or later leads them to unexpected places. The pursuit of greater understanding leads some into higher education, while a desire for greater independence or control over their professional circumstances prompts others to dip their toes in the uncertain waters of freelance activity. Occasionally, if the market permits and sufficient money can be scraped together, some teachers take the more drastic step of going into business for themselves, establishing their own language school and shifting their professional life onto a precarious balance of risk and reward. What follows is a case study of such a move, following its complete trajectory from conception to conclusion.


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