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PhilOffice



Joined: 21 May 2013
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:47 pm    Post subject: New Graduate Looking for Advice Reply with quote

Hello everyone,

I just graduated with bachelor's degree in ESL here in Canada, and I have a couple questions about where to look for a job that matches my needs.

It is also important to note that I will be teaching in Canada next year, I am looking to go elsewhere in the 2015-2016 school year.

First of all, during my studies, I completed 4 practicums, which amount to roughly 1200 hours of teaching.
My last one was at international school in Montreal where I taught near-native students for 60 school days.
I will be receiving my Canadian teaching license within the next few days.

Now, I would like to find a contract ranging from 6 months to a year, and my girlfriend would be coming with me. She is fluent in Spanish, and obviously she would like to be able to do something other than sit around all day. Basically we would like to avoid big cities if possible. Ideally she would be able to work as well, she has a masters in Project management (obviously she would be fine with a SIGNIFICANT pay cut)

As for the pay, I am not that picky, but since I do have a bachelor's degree in ESL, a teaching license and experience, I would like to make more than 6-7$ an hour.

Let me know if this is doable! I have over a year to look for a place to teach, I really hope I can find something.
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gwiffey



Joined: 17 Sep 2012
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not an expert on the topic, but I'm pretty sure if you have your teaching license, and have a year of experience teaching in a Canadian elementary (or secondary) school, you should be able to find work at an international school, which should pay significantly better than $6-7/hour. With those kinds of qualifications, the low salaries of Latin America you hear about won't be applicable to you (assuming you find a decent international school).
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HLJHLJ



Joined: 06 Oct 2009
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry but I disagree. As has been discussed on here many times, there are very few jobs for EFL teachers in international schools. They want content teachers not support teachers. Second, they will ask for 2 years post qualification experience in the licensing country. This is often a condition of their accreditation so it's not usually flexible.

Finally, your girlfriend is probably going to have to get a job to get a visa. So she should also be looking at getting basic certification now so that she is also ready to teach.
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