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Spouse on Dependants Pass (DP)

Postby unilecturer » Wed, 23 Aug 2006 12:57 pm

Hi

I am considering taking up an academic position that I have been offered in Singapore and my wife would be on a dependants pass. She is a very experienced TESOL / TEFL teacher and also an IELTS examiner. She has a Bachelors degree, a post grad cert in education from Oxford uni, UK, and a Graduate Diploma in teaching English to international students from a uni in Australia. She is originally from England, but now we reside and work in Australia.

I have read on this forum that it can be difficult to obtain employment on a DP, and I would be grateful if someone could let us know if this is the likely scenario for my wife.

Many thanks in anticipation!

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Postby k1w1 » Fri, 25 Aug 2006 1:51 pm

Teaching is one industry where DP holders have NO trouble getting work. With your wife's credentials, she would be wise to start applying to International Schools (especially if you are coming here with school-aged children - staff get discounted school fees, or in some cases free schooling).

Plenty of schools hire part-time teachers on DP's and many pick and choose the hours they want.

NB: She will want to stay very, very far away from language schools and the like - they are nasty, ruthless scumbags.

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Postby unilecturer » Sat, 26 Aug 2006 10:08 am

Thanks for the info K1W1. I appreciate it.

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Re: job oppourtunity

Postby IndianCA » Sat, 23 Sep 2006 8:04 pm

Hello !!

I will be shifting to Singapore on EP within 2 weeks with my wife on DP.
She has experience as English teacher in an Indian college for over 5 years.
Can she get teaching job in Singapore ? Can you help ?

Thanks !!
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Postby Left Wing » Sun, 01 Oct 2006 11:44 am

IndianCA,

Sorry she must be "Native" english speaker, even tho most news readers on CNN and BBC are Indian origin Singaporeans think; asians cant speak correct english...She will have no proplems inteach any other subject other than english...

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Postby IndianCA » Sun, 01 Oct 2006 10:34 pm

Hi,

Thanks,

Can you suggest some suitable placement resources ?
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Teaching English

Postby OZEXPAT » Tue, 10 Oct 2006 4:33 pm

Sorry I never saw this reply soner. Yes this is true about Singapore (and most of Asia) that they prefer Native English Speakers. But the govt itself is moving away from this criteria and onto Highly Proficient Speakers of English. Private educators may follow suit in a few years.

I suggest your wife starts off with tutoring. It could well be lucrative work. And it means she is her own boss.

My company is building a job portal for English Language teachers to place their resumes and for companies to place ads. But that wont be ready till November 06. It will be a free service. We are also offering a TESOL course but your wife is amply qualified. If anything she may want consider a module on private tutoring to know the tricks of the trade.

www.heartpower.com.sg


Good Luck!



Left Wing wrote:IndianCA,

Sorry she must be "Native" english speaker, even tho most news readers on CNN and BBC are Indian origin Singaporeans think; asians cant speak correct english...She will have no proplems inteach any other subject other than english...

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Re: Teaching English

Postby bunty » Tue, 17 Oct 2006 9:52 am

OZEXPAT wrote:Sorry I never saw this reply soner. Yes this is true about Singapore (and most of Asia) that they prefer Native English Speakers. But the govt itself is moving away from this criteria and onto Highly Proficient Speakers of English. Private educators may follow suit in a few years.

I suggest your wife starts off with tutoring. It could well be lucrative work. And it means she is her own boss.

My company is building a job portal for English Language teachers to place their resumes and for companies to place ads. But that wont be ready till November 06. It will be a free service. We are also offering a TESOL course but your wife is amply qualified. If anything she may want consider a module on private tutoring to know the tricks of the trade.

www.heartpower.com.sg


Good Luck!



Left Wing wrote:IndianCA,

Sorry she must be "Native" english speaker, even tho most news readers on CNN and BBC are Indian origin Singaporeans think; asians cant speak correct english...She will have no proplems inteach any other subject other than english...


My wife is on DP. She is an engineering graduate with teaching experience of 2 years in enginerring college in India. however, here even after applying to many polytechnics, she has hit roadblock.
she even applied for MOE teachers training course, but no luck....

Does she need extra qualifications.......she is willing to teach maths/science etc...
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Re: Teaching English

Postby OZEXPAT » Tue, 17 Oct 2006 6:29 pm

To Bunty,

I suggest your wife approach the enrichment centres, tuition centres. There are heaps around in all 4 corners of Singapore. Student Centres are OK but do NOT expect a salary higher than $1200SGD. Tuition centre... you get paid per hour. your hourly rate might be higher but your TOTAL will probably be lower. (due to less contact time).

OR... get to know the Indian Expat community here and build your network slowly. It is a sizeable community.

God Luck!

bunty wrote:
OZEXPAT wrote:Sorry I never saw this reply soner. Yes this is true about Singapore (and most of Asia) that they prefer Native English Speakers. But the govt itself is moving away from this criteria and onto Highly Proficient Speakers of English. Private educators may follow suit in a few years.

I suggest your wife starts off with tutoring. It could well be lucrative work. And it means she is her own boss.

My company is building a job portal for English Language teachers to place their resumes and for companies to place ads. But that wont be ready till November 06. It will be a free service. We are also offering a TESOL course but your wife is amply qualified. If anything she may want consider a module on private tutoring to know the tricks of the trade.

www.heartpower.com.sg


Good Luck!



Left Wing wrote:IndianCA,

Sorry she must be "Native" english speaker, even tho most news readers on CNN and BBC are Indian origin Singaporeans think; asians cant speak correct english...She will have no proplems inteach any other subject other than english...


My wife is on DP. She is an engineering graduate with teaching experience of 2 years in enginerring college in India. however, here even after applying to many polytechnics, she has hit roadblock.
she even applied for MOE teachers training course, but no luck....

Does she need extra qualifications.......she is willing to teach maths/science etc...

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Re: Teaching English

Postby bunty » Tue, 17 Oct 2006 7:03 pm

OZEXPAT wrote:To Bunty,

I suggest your wife approach the enrichment centres, tuition centres. There are heaps around in all 4 corners of Singapore. Student Centres are OK but do NOT expect a salary higher than $1200SGD. Tuition centre... you get paid per hour. your hourly rate might be higher but your TOTAL will probably be lower. (due to less contact time).

OR... get to know the Indian Expat community here and build your network slowly. It is a sizeable community.

God Luck!

[Does she need extra qualifications.......she is willing to teach maths/science etc...
[/quote]

Ozexpat
thanks,, but for her to give tuitions, does she need to get Letter of consent.
I am talking about private tuitions as well as if she joins tuition centers.

thanks
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