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Qualifications for Teaching in Morocco
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melaine



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2005 8:58 pm    Post subject: Qualifications for Teaching in Morocco Reply with quote

Hello, everyone,

I was wondering if someone could advise me on the qualifications needed for teaching English in Morocco. Is a bachelor’s degree sufficient or should I pursue some sort of certification?

Any advice will sincerely be appreciated.

Thanks,

melaine
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Brooks



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2005 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it would help to get certified/experience, etc.
As would knowing French and/or Arabic.
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melaine



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brooks, thank you for your response. I speak enough French to get around but I couldn't leave home with my Daarija (Moroccan Arabic). Laughing

Can anyone recommend a reputable certification? I have looked online and many seem a bit shady - like buying a degree without working attending a class. Question
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medina



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 1:40 am    Post subject: qualifications to teach Reply with quote

A BA is minimum to get a work permit. Some schools are looking for TEFL certification as well. From people who've done them: the CELTA is still a good option and the one offered out of Prague---can't remember the exact name right now, but they advertise on this site.
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steady



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2005 9:30 am    Post subject: Qualifications for Teaching in Morocco Reply with quote

Reputable language schools in Morocco require a CELTA or equivalent: this could be Trinity TESOL or Via Lingua TEFL. I have yet to come across an accredited on-line certification.
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Africaexpert



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2005 8:02 pm    Post subject: The ALC is reputable Reply with quote

Celta is not required.
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Hod



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2005 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which schools require less than CELTA, and do they supply peanuts?
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Africaexpert



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The largest employer of English teachers in Morocco, the ALCs.
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Hod



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Africaexpert wrote:
The largest employer of English teachers in Morocco, the ALCs.


They require no teaching qualifications? Oh dear.
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Africaexpert



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No clod, they require a college diploma and native speaking ability.
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Brooks



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2005 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am sure they would like people with teaching experience, but considering what they pay, they can`t be too picky in who they hire.
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Hod



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 10:06 pm    Post subject: now this is the bs that moderators should look for Reply with quote

Any numpty ending up in a school that doesn’t even ask for a 4-week qualification deserves all the crap conditions they’ll get.

Saying that, Africaexpert, you seem to have a warehouse full of axes to grind against this ALC place.

Why?
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Africaexpert



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not at all - strange that you , who seem to have considerable axes to grind against the country of Morocco, would even imply such a thing.
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Hod



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Morocco axes are worn out. The country’s a dump/didn’t suit me. I left.

How could I imply what you said above?
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"alcmarr" is none other than Michael Abderrahman Fitzgerald, the director of the ALC Marrakech as well as the current president of the American Cultural Association, the umbrella organization of all the ALCs in Morocco. Just don't understand why he'd not mention that.

That's you.

Why?
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taamarbuuta



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 1:25 pm    Post subject: ALC Reply with quote

I think it's ridiculous to imply that a four-week TEFL course prepares anyone for teaching English. The CELTA is of course a different story, but there are many excellent English teachers working at the ALCs in Morocco who have some experience but no TEFL cert.

I teach at an ALC, and my only experience is working as a teaching assistant for a year in university, with college students who had passed the TOEFL but had virtually no speaking practice (a common phenomenon for Asian students in particular).

Don't knock the ALCs - I agree that the pay is on the low side, but what do you expect? Why would you come to Morocco to be wealthy? I get paid well enough to have a better lifestyle than I did in the US, and still save some for travel.
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