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thatsforsure



Joined: 11 Sep 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How is $20 to $30 an hour considered low pay?
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johnslat



Joined: 21 Jan 2003
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Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear thatsforsure,

Um, have you ever tried living on about $1,600 a month in the US? Oh, and that's NOT for 52 weeks a year - usually there are only two sessions of 12 weeks each. So, the max would be about $12,000 a year - BEFORE taxes.

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John
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Henry_Cowell



Joined: 27 May 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnslat wrote:
However, ESL at the community college level in the US is, to the best of my knowledge, fairly exclusively in an "adjunct" position. In other words, only part-time with low pay (maybe 20 -30 dollars an hour) and NO benefits.

Adjunct ESL instructors around here earn $60 to $70 per hour, but still with no benefits.
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Henry_Cowell,

YIKES - $60 - $70 an hour? I'm packing Very Happy How many (average) hours can one get a week?

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John
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Perilla



Joined: 09 Jul 2010
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Location: Hong Kong

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've succeeded in side-stepping out of TEFL and into editing and writing - but not in returning home to the UK. I'd say it's probably more realistic to think in terms of changing your line of work while still abroad. And then, with a bit of luck and an improving economy at home, you might be able to return and find a job in your new area of work.

However, even though I now have over 10 years of journalistic/writing/editing work behind me in HK, I know that in the UK I have very little chance of finding such work - certainly not at a similar level of pay.

I also don't rule out a return to teaching, which is one reason why I still hang out on the forum.
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