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Lingoisthename



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:26 am    Post subject: what are my options? Reply with quote

Hello!

I'm a 22 year old Canadian college student with almost enough credits for an Associate of Arts in General Studies. I'm planning to apply to several Universities next year but I was wondering if teaching ESL in France was an option. Originally I was going to go France for 6 months through TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France, or the Canadian equivalent) but I was unable to produce my long birth certificate in time. I'm a fluent French speaker and lived in a French-speaking community in Manitoba for 5 years.

Would it even be possible for me to teach ESL in Europe? I was hoping Canada's good relations with France might help. What certificate could I take? There is a CELTA certification starting in a month or two that I could take (out of town, unfortunately). Oxford Seminars is offered at the local University, is that something I could look at?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Marsupilami



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

You best bet would be to do the TAPIF. That is basically the only way for a Canadian to teach in France.

That is what I did. I am also from a small French-speaking community in MB, did a BA at BU in French and got selected to go to France. Wonderful experience.

I did not do the Celta and it was not required by France to teach there.

Good luck
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firebird



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to teach for a language school, you'll need a TEFL or CELTA. You could get away without having one, but you might be paid less, work in a small town (only a negative if you want to live in a large city), and/or feel unprepared to handle students.

If you do the TAPIF, you don't need a TEFL certificate because you're working in the public school system as an aide to the teacher.
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firebird



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to teach for a language school, you'll need a TEFL or CELTA. You could get away without having one, but you might be paid less, work in a small town (only a negative if you want to live in a large city), and/or feel unprepared to handle students.

If you do the TAPIF, you don't need a TEFL certificate because you're working in the public school system as an aide to the teacher.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If you want to teach for a language school, you'll need a TEFL or CELTA. You could get away without having one, but you might be paid less, work in a small town (only a negative if you want to live in a large city), and/or feel unprepared to handle students.


Problem with this idea is that the OP can't get a work visa from a language school.
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firebird



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hopefully s/he will read the other posts in this forum and find out that Canadians can get a one-year working holiday visa for France.
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Xie Lin



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Oxford Seminars is offered at the local University. . .




No, no, no! Forget Oxford Seminars. If you do take an OS course in spite of this advice, at least keep it off your CV. As noted above, take a CELTA or equivalent on-site TEFL course. (Minimum 120 classroom hours, at least 6 hours of supervised TP)

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