Teaching English In Europe
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Oct 14, 2012 3:04 PM Last Post By: orion_mike
Oct 3, 2012 9:20 PM
Teaching English In Europeok, so I am just looking for ideas about teaching english in Europe. I know some of you will just freak out at this broad statement. Please relax. I am just trying to get ideas, suggestions, concerns and so on. Would like to see different opinions from the general populus. I do like Eastern Europe but I am not stuck to that idea. Just checking out the thought. Heading to Europe again in January (so far Spain and Hungary) and maybe I will head somewhere else to check out things based on some of your suggestions. Thank you all in advance.
Oct 3, 2012 10:57 PM
Oct 3, 2012 11:15 PM
Oct 4, 2012 4:28 AM
3Is American English taught much in Europe? Most English-speaking Europeans I've met have learned British English.
Oct 4, 2012 5:07 AM
Oct 4, 2012 5:08 AM
Oct 4, 2012 6:12 AM
6#3-5, Particularly within the EU, it's more difficult for Americans to find jobs because a) EU labor laws greatly favor teachers from the UK and Ireland b) there's a surplus of highly-qualified local teachers. Non-EU Eastern Europe offers many more opportunities for qualified Americans.
However, until the OP reveals his background and English teaching experience, I have to assume he has none whatsoever and was just spitballing.
Oct 4, 2012 6:16 AM
7There used to be places where native speakers without qualifications could get work as English teachers, if they were willing to work for peanuts. I don't know if that was ever true in Europe. More China and Latin America, I think.
Oct 4, 2012 6:32 AM
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Oct 4, 2012 8:13 PM
11ahhaha and as I thought some of your would go crazy. Just throwing it out there kind of thing. Thank you for those who responded kindly. I am certified in TESOL. Not impressed with the job placement program the company I went with has. Will work on a university certification program next year. I appreciate your feedback. This was both helpful and enlightening to say the least.
Oct 5, 2012 1:12 PM
12I'd suggest you look at eslcafe.com and tefl.com and see which countries' adverts there you qualify for (especially qualifications and passport!)
That will give you a few options more focused than 'Europe'.
Oct 14, 2012 3:04 PM
13Tim - as some have referred to teaching "spoken English" (as opposed to "English" as a school subject - just like teaching French or Spanish) in Europe is no longer the pressing need it once was. Although there is still a need in parts of Eastern Europe (in former communist countries).
From my research the basic requirements included a university degree (but not necessarily a teaching one) a TESL/TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate - which are reasonably easy to obtain. But the big bug-bare were being able to obtain an EU Work Permit and with the current level of unemployment in most of Western Europe this is highly unlikely unless your father or grand-father was born in one of the EU countries. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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