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moot point



Joined: 22 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 12:25 pm    Post subject: Student visa working 20 hrs/wk Reply with quote

I'm thinking of studying for another Master's degree next year in Oz. I'll be on a student visa and I understand I can work up to 20 hours per week.

I have an MA in TESOL and over thirteen years experience (4 years post-MA) and will try to offset my living expenses by teaching casually either at universities or TAFE or whatever else is available. I'm curious about what kind of hourly wage I could expect with such qualifications.

Since I'll be busy studying I doubt if I'd have time to teach 20hours/week, especially if it involves hopping to different locations, but I still think a reasonable workload would be 12hours/wk.

I'll be taking my family with me -- two children aged 4 and 1. I'm looking at renting a modest house for roughly $200/wk. and will enrol our oldest in a kindergarten ($6200/yr). I hope that I could at least find a job to offset some of these costs.

Any idea what I should expect?
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lozwich



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where are you going to be living?

Try looking at www.realestate.com.au and www.seek.com.au for information on rental prices and part-time jobs respectively.

Good luck!

Lozwich.
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moot point



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your reply.

Perhaps I wasn't writing clearly, but I am not currently looking for a job. I am more curious about the average hourly wage for teachers holding MA TESOLs.

Thanks for the links, anyway.
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Johanna



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Adelaide you could earn around $260 per day for 3 hours of teaching, 2 hours of consultations and 2 hours of preparation - the rate is $55 per hour but you're not paid for preparation. This is a casual contract rate and I think the rate in migrant education is similar.
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moot point



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much, Johanna. Is it fair to assume conditions would be similar in different regions throughout Australia?
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Super Mario



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the English College Teachers Award is a national one.
Living costs [mainly rent] vary greatly. The smaller cities are the best, but then there's probably fewer jobs. You'd struggle to rent a house in most cities for $200; a decent apartment would be doable aside from Sydney and maybe Melbourne.
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moot point



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty much set on living in Brisbane. The Master's in Teaching offered at Griffith is attractive to me, but I sometimes wonder why it is so much cheaper than other programs offered. I'd be grateful to get some feedback on anyone with inside knowledge of this course.

I had already looked in the link loswich provided and $200/wk homes do exist in Brisbane, but like I mentioned in my OP, they are very modest homes.

I also figure that Brisbane would give me a greater chance of finding ESL work compared to other options like Darwin, Perth, or even non-capital towns like Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba, etc.
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Johanna



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 3:21 am    Post subject: Rate of pay Reply with quote

The rate I was quoting was not at a NEAS accredited school. That was at an English Language Centre attached to a university. The pay is a casual instructor rate.

The NEAS award is Australia wide and is worked out on qualifications + experience. It has been mentioned elsewhere that Elicos schools are more likely to hire the cheaper, less experienced teachers at $35 an hour than more experienced teachers at $55 per hour - makes sense if you're the boss.

I would suggest looking into universities where they need experienced teachers to teach EAP and where qualifications and experience are valued (even if only a little bit Smile)
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