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elliot_spencer



Joined: 26 Feb 2007
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 1:37 pm    Post subject: British Council or International school Reply with quote

Hey, as a serious career teacher which would you prefer , a job with the BC or an International school..

Remember if an intl school it's an ESL post so the salary is a bit lower than other teaching subjects (about 1500 a month over let's say maths which pays about 1800+).

Thx
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spanglish



Joined: 21 May 2009
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Location: working on that

PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd take the BC. But the International School route seems to offer more flexibility to move around the world (for example, Brazil) and better pay. I'd still take the BC.
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd do the intl school route. BC is good, but seems like some people get stuck in the same routine.
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Kofola



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are great differences, but not in terms of career - in my opinion.

The question is who do you want to teach? Primary or secondary school children or adults? If the former then the international school, where there will be more opportunities for developing professional skills - insets, training sessions, guidance etc relating specifically to child psychology, learning etc. If the latter then BC, which is more set up for adult education (although it does have young learners too-but lacks the really specialist CPD aspect in this area imo).
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sistercream



Joined: 18 Dec 2010
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't speak for the rest of the world, but in Hong Kong a big downer of BC teaching is it's often in split shifts.
There's also a huge range of international schools - some are "state schools abroad", which can be very nice if they are run from a country which treats its teachers well (Germany, for instance). Other schools run a syllabus from a different country/ies but without oversight from "home". Then there are those which just try to teach in English and put "international" in the name so parents will pony up big $$$$$$$.
I'd probably go the international schools route, but be as fussy as my degree of experience allowed me to be in choosing the schools.
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elliot_spencer



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, sorry. I should have been clearer. When I said international school I should have said a kind of International school. It's an IGCSE ALevel secondary school for Chinese students. It's basically a British secondary school offering IGCSE and Alevels to Chinese kids who want to go to uni in the UK and therefore need GCSEs and ALevels.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd prefer the International School as the hours are likely to be better (and possibly benefits, but you'll know that for sure). Further, I would expect greater latitude and autonomy in pedagogical terms - I think I'd find the BC prescriptive....obviously just my feeling!
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prescriptive - yip. Plus paperwork, paperwork, then some more. And always, it seems, against a background of the risk of terrorist attack...
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot about that 'targeted' feeling Cool
A real extra buzz added to lessons.

I totally enjoyed working in the very prominent downtown buildings of monster oil companies, with heavily-armed guards stationed every three metres along the sidewalks. Walking down the street to work feeling as though there might be a bulls-eye painted on my back - the (perceived) American imperialist collaborating with the oil demons Very Happy

Giving up that US passport at the earliest possible.....
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