So this morning I got an email from someone using the email server of my American job. (Remember? It's a site that makes downloadable/Java programs to teach languages. Think Rosetta Stone online. I'm making the lessons and activities to teach English.) I didn't recognize his name, but he said that he needed to talk to me about the material I've been developing and asked to schedule a phone meeting.
I looked up his name on the company website, only to discover that he was the vice president.
I kind of started to panic. I've been working on the ESL material for a couple of months now, and I haven't gotten much feedback aside from "oh, change this one activity please" or "let's change the title of this chapter." Just like, little details. So I had no idea if they were happy with the material so far or what. I figured if the vice president wanted to talk to me, maybe it was because my immediate boss doesn't have the rights to fire me? I really think so highly of myself...
Yes, so that wasn't it at all. When we turned on our webcams, it ended up being the VP and the head of marketing on the other side of the computer. They wanted to talk to me to tell me that they lovvveee the material that I've made so far, and that they want to expand my responsibilities.
Right now, the stuff I'm writing is more geared toward young people living in other countries that plan to come to the US to work or do some kind of foreign exchange program. So it has a lot of focus on social situations (like parties, roommates, weekend trips, etc). But the company just made a big contract with a ton of libraries and community centers in the US, and need to develop new English material geared more toward working-class immigrants (so not as grammar-focused, and a lot more focus on day-to-day survival, like the bank, the doctor, the supermarket, etc).
We switched ideas back and forth for a while, and it looks like I'm gonna start working on that material, too. Of course some of it will overlap, but in the end it means a lot more time with this company. Hoooraaay for getting paid in dollars! And phew for getting the company's seal of approval.
I think this calls for a dinner-in-a-restaurant situation. To quote the illustrious Kanye West, "I got a problem with spending before I get it." Haha. Joke.