Short term english teaching
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Sep 17, 2012 4:39 PM Last Post By: travelinFeet
Jun 14, 2012 3:00 PM
Short term english teachingHi -
I'm taking a TEFL course this autumn and hoping to go and teach somewhere in East Asia afterwards - looking at China, Vietnam or Malaysia. I'm looking to be there for around 4 months, but almost all teaching jobs I've seen advertised are at least 6 months commitment. I don't want to start a job then let my employers down - does anyone know good places to look for shorter-term teaching work? Would it be more practical/at all possible to look at one-on-one tutoring than to try to find a job with an established school?
I'm very new to this whole world and just playing with ideas at the moment, so forgive me if my questions are hopelessly ignorant.
Jun 14, 2012 11:20 PM
1Those sort of "teach for a couple months" jobs are largely a thing of the past. Occasionally, jobs will be advertised for a fixed term contract, but they are rare. Your best option will be summer camps. There are plenty in Taiwan.
Alternatively, Cambodian English schools tend to hire term-to-term. Many of them operate in 6-8 week terms. There are no contracts, just an agreement to finish the current term. You can get a business visa at the border (with no additional documentation) which allows you to work in the country legally.
Jun 15, 2012 1:49 PM
Jun 17, 2012 7:05 PM
3Hey- You can get part-time contracts at most of the big language schools in Vietnam. VUS, ILA are both big employers in HCMC and Hanoi. Both will offer around $17-$20 an hour depending on experience. Part time work hours do suck though, its all weekends and evenings, but you have go through that if you want the part time contract! Both are pretty good employers and you'll meet lots of people in the same boat (this is speaking from recent experience, not hearsay).
Oh and it also depends on the TEFl. both will only accept the CELTA, there are other schools in Vietnam which don't require it, but they pay less (Bell Vietnam, Cleverlearn)
And don't come anytime between Xmas and February, as no-one will hire until Tet is over.
Jun 18, 2012 2:35 AM
Jun 19, 2012 2:23 AM
5It's not just the employer you let down - it's the students. Courses usually last a full academic year, and changing teachers halfway through is really disruptive for learners. Even if I was a student looking for a private tutor, I would prefer to pay someone who was going to be in the country for more than four months, as it's important to build up a relationship with someone, know their level and their learning style.
I see you are from the UK - one option may be English in Action who have short term contracts in various countries (mostly Europe) because they send teachers into primary/secondary schools to run intensive courses for short periods. This also means they hire throughout the year, rather than mainly in September.
Aug 4, 2012 12:37 AM
6There is a company called Greenheart that is always advertising for short term placements. I'm not sure how good they are or legit. You have to pay them a fee and then they pay you back in terms of wages etc. I don't know if you break even or come away with anything though but at least it's an upfront way of teaching for a short amount of time. I can't actually recommend them but it may be worth a look.
Sep 17, 2012 4:39 PM
7Hello. The English in Actionis a great tip, but they require you to have an EU right to work: either passport or work visa. :-(
OTOH I've heard that Summer options are plentiful, running the gamut from babysitting to more, with the babysitting rich terns paying very well.
Can anyone tell me where to find out more?
I have a BA as well as a JD and will have either CertTESOL or CELTS. (BTW to the person saying only a CELTA will do
Could you please expand on that? I was under impression the
CertTESOL was generally accepted)
I'm willing to go anywhere except Middle East (these days) or Far East (well maybe some places but not Korea). I am female and middle -aged.
Many thanks for help.
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