I got this cryptic email from my buddy Tom just now:
The head teacher is talking to the office today for your recommendation. If needed, you need to be here. On the 8th of decision, I think.
That is your daily update.
I wrote back:
Thanks for the update. Not sure what "for your recommendation" means. The head teacher saw my file and is recommending me to the Powers That Be? If so, that's mighty kind of him/her. Also not sure what "on the 8th of decision" means. Sounds as if you're talking about cricket. Heh. Does it mean that "a decision will be made by December 8th"? Or does it mean I currently rank 8th in the candidate pool?
Thanks in advance for clarifications!
So now I'm on tenterhooks. At a guess, Tom means, first, that the head teacher is asking the higher-ups to consider me, and second, that I'll need to be in Korea on December 8 for the interview... which really isn't that far away. No time for me to lose 50 pounds and appear more svelte for the sit-down.
UPDATE: I got the following reply from Tom:
I believe that the interview Is on the 8th.
He wants a good fit for office. I td him all about the big h.
Thanks, man. Please let me know whether I even MAKE it to the interview round.
That clears up the second issue, but not the first issue.
UPDATE 2: Tom wrote back:
You made to second round last time I heard........
That's interesting. I wonder what made them dump me last time. Credentials, perhaps? I don't have any TESOL/TEFL/ESL/EFL/CELTA certificates or degrees, but I have gone through Georgetown University's certificate program for foreign language teacher training. I made sure to note that fact this time around.