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canadian416



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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 3:53 am    Post subject: Teaching English in Oslo, Norway Reply with quote

Anyone know of anything?! Would be forever grateful.

Tried running a search on these forums, and also Google... didn't have any success with either.

Other places in Norway are also okay, but Olso is preferable.

Many thanks Smile
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jonniboy



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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forget about it. I've searched before and the reason there is no information on teaching English there is that there is absolutely no market for it. The average Norwegian/Swede/Dane speaks English at a high level and have no pressing need to go to classes to improve. In the last Eurostat survey I saw 89% of Swedes said they could speak English well enough to have a fluid conversation and having visited there several times I can well believe that. There may be a very very small market for business/specialist English but for that you'd need specialist qualifications, a ton of experience, local language skills and local contacts.

Also if you are Canadian without an EU passport, you can pretty much forget about working in western European countries as you wouldn't get a work visa to teach English there.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have to unfortunately second jonniboy. English language is taught in public schools to a very high degree by local teachers. This is also true in most of the rest of Scandinavia, and the Netherlands is another example.

None of these countries have any need to import English language teachers except for very specialised markets (I know a few very highly-qualified teachers working at the university level in field-specific niches). Getting into such a job requires serious quals, experience, and because the market is tiny, local contacts and reputation.
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canadian416



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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. That is very disappointing Sad
But yes, some of their English skills are better than mine!

Would there be any job opportunities, other than teaching English?
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How's your Swedish?
What skills can you offer that Swedish citizens can't?

Really, Scandinavia and Western Europe are VERY difficult to get into, outside of marraige to a local.
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canadian416



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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zero Swedish skills... Sad
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marry a Swedish citizen. About your only realistic chance....
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OOPS. I've clearly gone off the rails. Of course you don't need either Swedish or to marry a Swede to live in Norway Embarassed Shocked

Was just laughing at myself....it was very forebearing of you to answer me so politely, considering that my questions were totally off the rail!

SO, how's your NORWEIGAN? Chances of marrying a citizen of NORWAY?? Smile Very Happy
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canadian416



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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hahah, honestly - I didn't even realize! I made a oopsie as well.

I have zero NORWEIGAN skills and no chances of marrying a citizen of Norway.

I just really like the culture. There's gotta be something though. I mean, even in Canada we have job opportunities for ESL teachers..
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, I can tell you for sure that no-one from outside Canada can get a Canadian visa on the basis of being an English Language teacher (have just renewed my own Canadian PR card).

I am based part-time in Canada. I've got a CELTA, MA TESL/TEFL, and 14+ years of experience. NO WAY could I get a visa to come here to work on my own (I'm from the US). I am on a spouse visa, because I'm married to someone who does have a 'needed' job and that's the only reason I can get into the country as a resident with a work visa.

Problem is (just like in Norway) there are more than enough well-qualified Canadian language teachers - the country just does not authorise anyone from the outside to get a visa to come in on this basis.

I know some immigrants to Canada who teach English - BUT they all got here some other way (like me) on a spouse/family visa or something else.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps Iceland, as a compromise? Similar Scandinavian culture, but not yet in the EU. Greenland at a stretch..?
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Dedicated



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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neither Norway nor Iceland are in the EU, but they are both in the Schengen visa area. I think you would stand even less of a chance of employment in Iceland which has a tiny total population of about 320,000.

I'm from the UK but I have worked in Norway, but at university postgraduate level. What qualifications do you have, Canadian146? If you have an MA plus relevant experience you might possibly pick up something either at a university or an International School.

There are 8 universities in Norway. If you have a background in oil/gas exploration or "fracking" then this is an area they need specialists. Norway is the world's largest producer of oil/natural gas outside the Middle East.

As for International schools (you must be qualified in your own country) there are :

International School of Stavanger (http://www.isstavanger.no

or Birralee International School in Trondheim (http://www.birralee.no

There may be others, I just don't know.

In Oslo, there are Berlitz (http://www.berlitznordic.com )

Lingu (http://lingu.no)

AAC Global (http://www7.aac.global.com)

However, as a Canadian, your chances are minimal.
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ancient_dweller



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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try Hamburg, its a stones throw from Denmark, which is a stones throw from Norway. Plus lower living costs.
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you thought about studying? Here's some info for Canadians going to Norway. http://www.studyinnorway.no/canada/Visa-Residence-Work-Permit You could work part-time and may be able to network a lot better once you're on the ground.

As for Canada, they do have a skilled worker online self-assessment. You only need 67 points to pass. I got 76. And it says, "if your mark from this test is the same or higher than the current pass mark, you may qualify to immigrate as a skilled worker." So while it's not 100% possible that you'd get the visa, if you get over the pass mark, you should at least apply.

A friend of mine did something simliar in Sweden. He went to study, met his girlfriend, they lived together, and then he got citizenship. In Norway you have to be common law partners for 3 years, down from 7 if you're not in a relationship with a Norwegian. Kept in mind that you will have to renounce your current citizenship though (for Norway).

Though even if you didn't want to go that route, if you had a Norwegian partner, you could get a family immigration permit. http://www.udi.no/Norwegian-Directorate-of-Immigration/Central-topics/Family-immigration/Who-can-apply-for-family-immigration/

I agree completely with spiral, without a partner from NOrway (or being willing to study there to be able to work PT) you're going to have a hard time.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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As for Canada, they do have a skilled worker online self-assessment. You only need 67 points to pass. I got 76. And it says, "if your mark from this test is the same or higher than the current pass mark, you may qualify to immigrate as a skilled worker." So while it's not 100% possible that you'd get the visa, if you get over the pass mark, you should at least apply.


The OP is Canadian. Confused
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