We are recruiting at the moment for a very broadly educated teacher, to support a young Italian boy in Italy with his aims of making a successful application to the best of British boarding schools over the next two years.  The boy currently attends an Italian school where he is instructed in Italian and where all his books and homework assignments are in Italian.  The job description does not specify Italian as an essential requirement (it says it would be preferred) because it seems exquisitely clear that without such fluency one could not actually do this job.

Not that has put off people who don’t know the language from applying.  Among today’s poor attempts to convince me to consider them was:

“Although I do not speak fluent Italian I will happily learn. I currently have four fluent languages. I would learn Italian immediately, and would not allow this to effect my job performance.”

I wonder when he will learn to write English correctly?!

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