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nick210887



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:36 am    Post subject: French Recruiters? Reply with quote

Hello,

Are there any recruiters that will help you find a school in France while you are abroad? I'm currently teaching in Korea and would like to go to France next year and I would (obviously) prefer to have a job lined up before I move if possible. Thanks for the help.

Nick
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope. It's not like Asia. Unless you've got some specialist quals that are really needed here, you need to be here, on the ground, to do interviews in person. It's a far more competitive job market, and schools have plenty of applicants standing in front of them - they don't need to take a chance on someone sight-unseen.

If you are not from the UK, there are work permit restrictions as well - there is a lot of useful info already on this board regarding North Americans/Aussies, etc. trying to find work in Europe.
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nick210887



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply spiral. Thats what I figured...too bad. I guess I'll just have to go.

I'm American but I'm lucky enough to have a French passport as well, so no worries there. I'm also TESOL certified. Will that be viewed as equal to CELTA certification?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your TESOL course was at least 100 hours on-site, and included some hours of supervised teaching of actual students, it's equivalent. Short, on-line, and courses that don't include supervised teaching practices are less than the standard sought by most language schools in Europe.

Also, keep in mind that experience in Asia isn't necessarily a big plus here. Most employers are all-too-well aware that the methods and approaches favoured by Asian schools and learners are very different to those that most Europeans need and want.

Expect students to be far more demanding. They are motivated differently, and have (usually) clearer goals for their classes. They're much more active overall.

Most entry-level work in the region is with businesspeople - work with children is far less common (they learn English in state schools with local teachers, usually).

If you come on over, so that you can interview in person, and be sure to show some awareness of the differences between your Korea experience and what's the situation here, you should hopefully be able to find something, given that your cert fits the criteria above.
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