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Tanda14



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Location: USA

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:28 pm    Post subject: Prospects for Couple Reply with quote

My wife and I are seriously considering beginning careers teaching EFL, and after doing some initial investigation on the internet, we have found this site to have the most comprehensive and apparently credible information. From what we have seen so far, we may be somewhat atypical candidates and we are posting here hoping to generate a discussion on our prospects.

Here is some background:

Me – 56 years old, US citizen, BS (Pol. Sci.), JD, practicing attorney for over 22 years. No teaching experience other than coaching soccer for kids ages 7 to 18 for 10 years.

My wife – 46 years old, dual citizen (US/Portugal – in US for 28 years, has both EU and US passports), BS (Spanish Education), MA (Technology), certified K-12 for Spanish and Technology; 11 years teaching experience K-12. Portuguese is her first language, but speaks English better than many native speakers (albeit with a slight accent). She is also fluent in Spanish and French.

Here are a few observations from the information we have gathered so far:

Since English is not my wife’s first language (although she has lived in the US for 27 years and took both her degrees here with honors), it will significantly limit her EFL opportunities. But with her teaching credentials and experience, we are thinking that she may be able to find other teaching opportunities while I purse the EFL route.

Opportunities in the EU are definitely a possibility for my wife, but since we have been married a little less than a year, I do not yet qualify for EU status and getting legitimate work in the EU for me at this point would be difficult.

Our ages, particularly mine, will limit our opportunities.

We want to be able to save some money and that will limit the places where we will want to work, although two incomes and one household may make some places more viable than they might be otherwise.

Coming as a “package” may also limit our prospects.


We greatly appreciate any thoughts, comments, direction and advice.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since your wife has solid teaching experience and credentials, she should look into Teach Away for international school positions in the UAE. There's also higheredjobs.com possibly for educational technology opportunities (if that's what you mean by a grad degree in technology). You also might be able to find employment in the Emirates given your legal background, but don't expect it to be in TEFL.
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Big Worm



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:28 am    Post subject: Re: Prospects for Couple Reply with quote

Your wife will be able to get a "better" job than you, so I'd go with what she can get, with you plugging in where you can.

What a lot of newish people don't take into consideration is housing. If the wife can get into a good int'l school, you should have pretty nice housing as part of the compensation. That can be a major factor when you move to a nice (expensive) city.

Don't know too much about the EU situation, but I have a hunch you are right.


I think age doesn't come into play until about 60, so you might have some time left Wink A lot of countries don't care.

You shouldn't limit yourself to just efl. Your expertise in law might be useful to some of the civilized world. At the very least, look into esp - legal.

"Real" intl schools might have a problem hiring you because they need certified teachers to keep their accreditation. Possibly look into an alternate certification route in the states? Better long term situation for you.

Dunno, maybe hong kong? lots of intl schools, possible need for legal stuff.
good luck
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Tanda14



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the responses. They were very helpful.

The Teach Away site had a number of interesting oportunities, but we are having a real difficult time with the site. It continually crashes when my wife inputs in information. She has tried with different computers, different locations, different times - no luck. Email doesn't work either. They also do not respond to telephone calls.

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Possibly look into an alternate certification route in the states? Better long term situation for you.


Not sure what you mean by alternate certification route. What would you suggest? After practicing law for 22 years I would like to do something else and always wanted to teach.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tanda14 wrote:
The Teach Away site had a number of interesting oportunities, but we are having a real difficult time with the site. It continually crashes when my wife inputs in information. She has tried with different computers, different locations, different times - no luck. Email doesn't work either. They also do not respond to telephone calls.

Perhaps a different browser might work. Or wait a few days or a week and try again---their system may be experiencing technical difficulties.

and in response to Big Worm wrote:
Not sure what you mean by alternate certification route. What would you suggest? After practicing law for 22 years I would like to do something else and always wanted to teach.

I think the alternative certification Big Worm mentioned is a type of teaching license issued by your state's Dept. of Education---one that would meet the requirements to teach in international schools. There are different types of teaching licenses, so check your state's education website to see which ones fit your qualifications/background.

Big Worm also mentioned your age. I contend it's going to be a factor since you may have already hit the retirement age for some countries. Additionally, your age is likely to limit you as to what positions---teaching and non-teaching---are open to you. So keep in mind that although the legal field is not what you want to stay in, you may not have any choices other than law due to your age. In other words, your age could be an issue in terms of teaching English but your extensive legal background could be your meal ticket. Of course, it depends on which countries you and your wife have your eyes set on.
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