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CELTA course to teach in schools or only to teach adults?

 
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sannox29



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:41 pm    Post subject: CELTA course to teach in schools or only to teach adults? Reply with quote

At present I am a qualified teacher of English in the U.K. and have only worked for 6 months last year on a temporary contract. I am in the US with my husband and we are considering moving to Italy to take a CELTA course in Rome and then look for work there.
1st question, is CELTA only for teaching adults, I have only just discovered what it stands for! It just seems to be the qualification everyone is looking for. I would like to be able to teach both in schools and adults, to keep job possibilities at a maximum.
2nd question, can anyone tell me of their experience with International House Rome as this is where we are considering going? or recommend another place?
3rd question, my husband is a US citizen, I am a UK citizen, I am trying to find out if he is allowed to go to Italy, study and then live and work there if he gets the right visa as he is married to an EU citizen? I have called the Italian Embassy in LA, the woman asked me to put all my details re citizenship and what we were intending to do in Italy in an email. I have done this and had no reply so we are stuck waiting and are unsure what to expect.
Thanks for reading this far...

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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my husband is a US citizen, I am a UK citizen, I am trying to find out if he is allowed to go to Italy, study and then live and work there if he gets the right visa as he is married to an EU citizen?

My personal answer is obviously not definitive, as the UK and Spain may have different rules. But for what it's worth:

I am a US citizen married to a Czech. My status as the spouse of an EU citizen allows me to live and work in the Czech Rep: but NOT in other EU member countries.

I was allowed by the Netherlands some years back to come live with my husband when he was posted here, but I was not eligible for a work visa.

I now both live and work in Netherlands, but it is on a special exemption work permit applied for by the university where I am, based on the (successful) argument that no EU citizen who applied for the job could match my qualifications (I actually do have specialist quals).

I think the Embassy's answer in your case will be critical. A CELTA obviously won't be enough for any school to ask for an exception to the EU hiring laws for your husband.
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Shana Martz



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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 11:47 am    Post subject: teaching English in Italy Reply with quote

I did the International House in Rome CELTA and was very pleased. It DOES specify adults in the certification, but most language schools and public schools value it highly- even if your students will be younger learners. It just means tweaking your methods a bit and changing some context to a younger audience with shorter attention spans.

The only difference I've really found is in teaching to VERY young learners like preschoolers. This is an entirely different group, and experience is the best teacher here. Lots of songs, games etc.. you will find out for yourself what works.

My husband is also an American citizen (so am I) so I feel your pain re the consolates and embassies. I will check my favorites to find the website that helped me most with getting through the beauracracy- your husband may only need a "permesso di soggiorno".

If you want to teach English in Italy, be prepared for an adventure! You're doing the right thing by finding as much info. on the net beforehand! Good luck! Very Happy
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sannox29



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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK thanks that would be great. I haven't had a reply from the LA Embassy, the one in Ohio said if I got him visa based on him being a member of my family and me being an EU citizen, then he couldn't work. So we are stuck, can't find work in US and are now considering studying here (US), just want to work and earn money.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your US husband can work in YOUR country of origin, but not automatically in the whole of the EU.

My situation is the opposite - my spouse is Czech, and I can live and work in the CR all I want, but other European countries are closed to me on this basis.

I do have legal working papers for the Netherlands thanks to an exceptional visa obtained by the university where I work, but this is a pretty rare situation (I have specialist quals).
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Mrguay84



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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also contemplated the Adults/Children scenario.
In some places you seem to be able to take a CELTYL (Young learners) or do a CELTA + TYL extension certificate (for an additional fee). But I think I'm right in saying that these are being phased out.

Ultimately It doesn't seem that important. CELTA seems to be the benchmark entry qualification into a decent ESL job. So that's what I'm going to aim to get ASAP.

Good luck in your quest.
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