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Jobs in Oman with a CELTA
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madrileno



Joined: 19 Aug 2010
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Location: Oman

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JZer wrote:
Would a B.A. in Foreign Languages and a CELTA be enough?


The BA would have to be related in some way to English, so you wouldn't be eligible for positions with the MoE. With a CELTA though, you could try applying to positions with private recruiting companies or private universities...
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izzi



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I currently work in KSA and I can assure you that it is very possible to get a job here with only a BA in anything and maybe a year of international teaching experience. Many of my colleagues do not have the qualifications that I do (MA TESOL) but are nonetheless, great teachers. Saudi's cannot afford to be too picky. The lifestyle here is a buzz kill.
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JZer



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

izzi,

thanks for the advice. However if one is only getting paid $36,000 a year with a B.A. and some international teaching experience, I am not sure that it is worth it.
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lizziebennet



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember that the salary you mention is tax free and you get accommodation and transport. Also, the living cost in Saudi is much cheaper than in Oman or the UAE.
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JZer



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lizziebennet wrote:
Remember that the salary you mention is tax free and you get accommodation and transport. Also, the living cost in Saudi is much cheaper than in Oman or the UAE.


It might be worth it to some. However one can earn $30,000 with free housing in South Korea. Taxes are almost nothing.

Is it worth living in Saudi for $6,000 a year?
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truthbebold



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In korea you still have to pay bills though plus transportation and the tax can add up.

you are lucky to save 15 grand in korea where in saudi you could save 30 making 36 if you didnt travel
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JZer



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

truthbebold wrote:
In korea you still have to pay bills though plus transportation and the tax can add up.

you are lucky to save 15 grand in korea where in saudi you could save 30 making 36 if you didnt travel


So one could live on $6000 a year. However, what would one do with their free time?

Unless one is trying to write a novel, I would image living on $6000 would be really boring.
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Dekadan



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know if it's possible to argue if a degree is related to English teaching? For example, mine is in Psychology where I studied courses such as psycholinguistics as well as other courses that teach how learning happens in the brain. That seems to me to be relevant to ESL teaching, but would that fall on deaf ears?
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dekadan wrote:
Does anyone know if it's possible to argue if a degree is related to English teaching? For example, mine is in Psychology where I studied courses such as psycholinguistics as well as other courses that teach how learning happens in the brain. That seems to me to be relevant to ESL teaching, but would that fall on deaf ears?

Despite the psycholinguistics courses, I doubt employers would consider your psych degree as TEFL related. However, the addition of your Delta should give your CV a second look.
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veiledsentiments



Joined: 20 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dekadan wrote:
Does anyone know if it's possible to argue if a degree is related to English teaching? For example, mine is in Psychology where I studied courses such as psycholinguistics as well as other courses that teach how learning happens in the brain. That seems to me to be relevant to ESL teaching, but would that fall on deaf ears?

I would guess that it would fall on deaf ears. I wouldn't accept it as such if I was the one perusing your application. While I took psycholinguistics and enjoyed it immensely, I find it a real stretch to argue that it affected my teaching at all. It didn't teach me anything about how to teach... it merely gave me an understanding of why my students might not be learning.

VS
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Dekadan



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks VS and nomad soul for the response. A little frustrating to hear this, but not surprising; I've read other threads discussing the pros and cons of restricting the type of degree accepted.

I suspect that if I apply at the right time, i.e., when the term is fast approaching and the recruiters haven't found enough teachers, then I might have a chance of getting in.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep in mind, recruiters aren't the ones establishing degree requirements. Certainly apply anyway since you'll have your Delta. But also look at TEFL jobs in other countries---those that are more flexible in terms of the degree major.
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veiledsentiments



Joined: 20 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nomad soul wrote:
Keep in mind, recruiters aren't the ones establishing degree requirements.

It is the Ministry and they have cracked down on the recruiters tendency to hire any warm body. Laughing

VS
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Sleepwalker



Joined: 02 Feb 2007
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are keen to get to Oman, try the private universities and the institutes. Once you're here, do your contract and then apply to the colleges direct.
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MuscatGary



Joined: 03 Jun 2013
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dekadan,

At least one recruiter (Hawthorn) is advertising now on here and on tefl.com. for Salalah, Ibri and Nizwa. This is mainly due to several teachers who started in September failing the probationary period.

My Bachelors is also in Psychology although my Masters is in Education so its worth giving it a go. Often teachers transfer from the recruiter to direct hire after a year.
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