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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 6:02 pm    Post subject: The latest trends in TEFL Reply with quote

The World of Opportunity
By EL Gazette | May 2017
Source: http://www.elgazette.com/

(The following excerpt was edited to omit the recruiter's info.)

What is the current market like for ELT jobs and where is the demand?

Despite Brexit on the horizon, the ELT jobs market is currently buoyant in the UK, especially in the summer teaching sector. Internationally we’re seeing an almost 20% rise in teaching vacancies compared with 2016. China remains the country with the greatest demand for teachers, with the big language course providers such as Disney and EF competing with smaller language schools for the best teachers. Many jobs are also available in public schools and international school groups.

For the European teacher, Spain continues to be the most popular destination and the country with the most jobs. The majority of Spanish schools recruiting tend to be small to medium independent academies rather than the large international language groups. We’re also seeing a demand for ‘language assistants’ who are employed in Spanish state schools following the Spanish national school curriculum. These posts usually appeal to teachers who are just starting out in their careers. Free TEFL certification is sometimes included as well as free accommodation with a host family and a monthly stipend.

Further afield, the Vietnam jobs market is seeing significant growth, with the major groups, such as ILA, Wall Street and Apollo, offering many teaching and management roles. CELTA or Trinity certification and a degree are usually the minimum qualifications for posts in Vietnam. Due to visa restrictions, candidates usually need to be from an English-speaking country.

Over the past couple of years the online teaching sector has exploded around the world. Currently we’re seeing almost 800 positions alone for online teachers. Most are on a ‘work from home’ basis, however some posts require online teaching staff in-country. One of the major online English providers, 51Talk, has been experiencing a huge demand for online teachers in the Chinese young learner sector. In Europe, Learnship Networks appeals to online business trainers. Remuneration for most online posts tends to be on an hourly or per unit basis.

What developments have surprised you most in terms of recruitment?

An interesting aside to teacher recruitment is that we’re noticing a demand for experienced ELT specialists for non-ELT roles, e.g. digital managers, sales and marketing posts, publishing editors, science teachers in independent schools – and even governesses. Compared with teaching assignments, these posts can be very lucrative indeed. For example, a current governess post in the UAE is offering $50,000 to $70,000 tax free per annum.

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LongShiKong



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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting.

RE: Brexit
I presume one still has to be from the UK or possess a Euro passport to teach in Spain, but to what extent will Brexit remove that privilege?

RE: Online ELT
While 51Talk's main pool of teachers comes from the Philippines, there are a few online providers offering much higher salaries, attracting interest from the UK and N.A.

RE: Non-ELT roles

Here's something that caught my eye a few months ago.

Summer School in Machine Learning for Digital English Language Teaching
We are delighted to announce the first summer school in Machine Learning for Digital English Language Teaching (ELT), to be held 3-7 July 2017, in Chania, Crete, Greece, organised by the Automated Language Teaching and Assessment Institute, University of Cambridge.

https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~hy260/ALTA-Summer-School-Chania-2017/
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suphanburi



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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow... Asia (48 countries) boiled down to Vietnam. Europe is only Spain. The rest of the world doesn't exist.

The ELT market for teachers in Asia is still a growth industry across the region.

The issue is not finding jobs but finding teachers who have a degree and a willingness to commit to a full year.

While language centers tend to hire year round they are not the real growth. People who are qualified as EL Teachers are in great demand in public schools in most countries but the term "qualified" will vary from as little as a degree + TEFL cert to being a certified teacher with ELT qualifications.

On the plus side, the remuneration also varies with a degree + TEFL being about entry level (with remuneration also at the entry level) and certified ELT professional teachers commanding remuneration packages that make them the envy of school teachers at home.

In many cases, while a "native speaker" usually gets wages that are about 50% higher there are positions available for NNES teachers. The only addition to the requirements are the inclusion of a current English proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC).

For the record, I couldn't find the article on the website but it really bugs me when dream sellers write articles like this one based only on locations they recruit new blood for. It gives a really lopsided view of the world.

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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Wow... Asia (48 countries) boiled down to Vietnam. Europe is only Spain. The rest of the world doesn't exist.
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It really bugs me when dream sellers write articles like this one based only on locations they recruit new blood for. It gives a really lopsided view of the world.

Ditto that. I posted the article as a starting point for others to add to it and/or refute the recruiter's comments. The TESOL market is quite diverse, which the recruiter touches on. Job seekers looking to transfer their teaching skills into other fields have some ideas about options. However, opportunities aren't limited to just a handful of countries.
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GambateBingBangBOOM



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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LongShiKong wrote:
Interesting.

RE: Brexit
I presume one still has to be from the UK or possess a Euro passport to teach in Spain, but to what extent will Brexit remove that privilege?


It will likely remove it entirely. With Brexit, hiring someone from the UK won't be any different than hiring someone from the US. The only reason why there aren't tonnes of Americans in Western Europe is because of the need to have "An EU Passport" (this is something that has come up on Dave's over and over). People from the UK won't have that either, leaving only the Irish as Inner Circle (Braj Kachru) English native speakers with EU passports.
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LongShiKong



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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GambateBingBangBOOM wrote:


The only reason why there aren't tonnes of Americans in Western Europe is because of the need to have "An EU Passport" (this is something that has come up on Dave's over and over).


Yes, I think we know which dog liked fetching that ball---the one on a short leash. Laughing

I'm wondering though, will Europe still favor a Brit, over an American, Canadian, or Aussie given what they might perceive as a familiarity with Cambridge exams? I don't know what the market for TEFLers is in Western Europe.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Effective demand for native speaker EFL teachers in Western Europe is very low.
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yurii



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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GambateBingBangBOOM wrote:
LongShiKong wrote:
Interesting.

RE: Brexit
I presume one still has to be from the UK or possess a Euro passport to teach in Spain, but to what extent will Brexit remove that privilege?


It will likely remove it entirely. With Brexit, hiring someone from the UK won't be any different than hiring someone from the US. The only reason why there aren't tonnes of Americans in Western Europe is because of the need to have "An EU Passport" (this is something that has come up on Dave's over and over). People from the UK won't have that either, leaving only the Irish as Inner Circle (Braj Kachru) English native speakers with EU passports.



Of course we cannot know for sure, but I doubt that 'privilege' will be completely removed. There could be agreements between the UK and 'certain' European countries; e.g. Germans/French (rather than say Romanians/Bulgarians). I really doubt it will simply become a norm whereby UK nationals and non-European citizens will be on an equal footing for jobs in the EU.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It will likely remove it entirely. With Brexit, hiring someone from the UK won't be any different than hiring someone from the US.


I doubt this will come about either entirely or quickly - I agree with yurii. The status quo is unlikely to change to any great degree.
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