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Lenn88



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:51 pm    Post subject: Age of teachers Reply with quote

I was wondering what the typical ages are of the teachers? I am 32 years old wondering if I am too old to start teaching.
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johntpartee



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're not too old.
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Denim-Maniac



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Certainly not too old.

In my Chinese training centre we have three teachers in their 20's, three in their 30's and two in their 40's. During summer camps the average is greatly reduced, but Id still say you are a great age to start.
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Xie Lin



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, to be 32! Very Happy

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Big Worm



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why would people think like this? You're not auditioning for a boy band. How could 30 be too old to be a teacher?
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Professional TEFLer



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Worm wrote:
Why would people think like this? You're not auditioning for a boy band. How could 30 be too old to be a teacher?


Age discrimination.
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MuscatGary



Joined: 03 Jun 2013
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I work with teachers aged from mid-20's to early sixties! Granted the sixty somethings aren't starting out but we get plenty of 40/50 year olds who have retarined after redundancy etc...

Lack of experience is more important, you may have to accept a lower pay bracket whilst you get a couple of years in.
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Professional TEFLer



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:47 am    Post subject: Re: Age of teachers Reply with quote

Lenn88 wrote:
I was wondering what the typical ages are of the teachers? I am 32 years old wondering if I am too old to start teaching.


Between 22 and 70. Cool
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RoscoeTX



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely NOT too old. I started when I was 30. I've seen'em in all colors, shapes, ages, and sizes. Really runs the gamut.
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ptm234



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I taught, there were people in their 20s to 50s. 32 is not too old at all, I started at 29. I have to say teaching abroad when you're older is great because you can really appreciate the culture and opportunities you have.
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JustinC



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also starting working overseas, when you're older, can be an advantage to some people. With some more life experience under your belt you can;

a) laugh/marvel at the new 'systems' you'll see in place
b) understand a bad day does not mean the end of the world
c) not be seen as a 'youngster' by members of the more patriarchal societies
d) have a wider age range to choose from, if you're looking for an intimate relationship
e) be taken more seriously by your students and the police
f) already be aware of how much your liver can take
g) do and see so much before you grow too old

Not that I'm saying those in their 20s won't make good teachers or be able to adapt - I've met excellent, well-adjusted younger teachers overseas - just that the chances you can take things in your stride grow as you do.

I've worked with teachers in their early 20s to early 70s; it's not about a number it's your attitude that counts: If you're a chameleon and not a leopard you'll fit right in.
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TeacherTim



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started at 27 and I'm still doing it at 41. But in my case it is a career, not just a gap year or fill in.
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Mr. English



Joined: 25 Nov 2009
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're a f______ kid. I started at 50+ and am still doing it at 60+.
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coledavis



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started in my late forties, carried on into my fifties. Character and ability count. Most employers recognise that.
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teachergus



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still very young. I've worked with a couple of teachers who are in their late 50s and early 60s and they still got the moves.
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