Joined: 03 Mar 2009
|Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:34 pm Post subject: Mentioning private classes and visting in person...
|(as this question is relevant in most places, I also posted this in the General Discussion forum).
I do not think this topic has been covered before - I did a search and could find nothing. Everyone's advice is greatly appreciated.
I have just arrived in Colombia and am planning of settling down in Medellin or Cartagena and teaching English in a private language institution. I have a BA and the CELTA, but my only teaching experiece is doing private classes in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I worked ther for 6 months, teaching students which I found on Craigslist or by advertising my services on posters. I have heard that language institutes (understandably) frown on teachers doing private classes because it competes with their business.
My question is this: bearing in mind that I have no other teaching experience, should I mention these private classes on my CV / in an interview, or would this just make my potential employer suspicious that I might try and steal their students for private classes outside of the institution (which, by the way, I have no plans of doing). i.e. What is better, rousing this suspicion or having NO teaching experience whatsoever on your CV?
Another question: In Colombia, do you think it is better to email institutions a CV and cover letter, or to visit them in person to hand in a CV / ask for an interview? Does the direct approach work better?
Once again, any input is greatoly appreciated....