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Teaching English Jobs?

Postby ameliasuri » Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:44 am

Hi, just moved to wonderful Singapore. I would like to get advice on how do I go about getting a job here teaching English? I have no English teaching experience or qualification.

Do I need to do a TEFL course? What schools would employ me? What are the working hrs like? And do I need to be a "native speaker"?

Would like to work at the International Schools but if there are any other options, that would be possible. My concern is the reputation of the school. Would I get paid on time or at all? Are they just money making machines or are they really interested in educating?

Thanks.

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Postby Plavt » Sun, 20 Feb 2011 5:23 pm

Hello, somebody who clearly hasn't done her homework. The answer to your question is; you ain't got a chance mate. Since you have only one post could you be just a troll?
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Re: Teaching English Jobs?

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 20 Feb 2011 7:52 pm

ameliasuri wrote:Hi, just moved to wonderful Singapore. I would like to get advice on how do I go about getting a job here teaching English? I have no English teaching experience or qualification.

Do I need to do a TEFL course? What schools would employ me? What are the working hrs like? And do I need to be a "native speaker"?

Would like to work at the International Schools but if there are any other options, that would be possible. My concern is the reputation of the school. Would I get paid on time or at all? Are they just money making machines or are they really interested in educating?

Thanks.


Plavt, you guys talk about me being harsh at times? :o Since she's just moved to Singapore she's probably a trailing spouse and looking for a way to fill up the endless hours of boredom (shopping does get that way at times and so does lying around the pool in the afternoon rain.

Anyway, ameliasuri, on the first part, Plavt is right. You are not going to find a job in one of the schools here, local or international, without a degree and teaching cert, TEOFL and the other one given by the British Consulate (not sure what it is) will probably only get you a position in a private language school. Even there, if you are not a Native Language speaker, you might find it difficult without experience.

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Postby ameliasuri » Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:08 pm

Thanks Sunday Morning Staple. Appreciate your help. And PLavt, I am unsure what you mean about being a troll? Is that some e-speak?

SMS, yes my friend mentioned something from the British Council. Their TEFL course. Will check that too. I am from the UK but just not caucasian.

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Postby Sad Panda » Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:13 pm

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that should give you an idea of what a troll is.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:28 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:I have several on my rouges gallery trophy wall that couldn't make the grade here..... :lol:

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Postby Plavt » Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:29 pm

ameliasuri wrote: PLavt, I am unsure what you mean about being a troll? Is that some e-speak?


Although you have only two posts it's clear seems clear you aren't. However, it does seem strange that you didn't look these things up in advance.

Jobs in Singapore more often than not require experience or degree, not infrequently both. As regards teaching English it is more difficult than it was to find jobs in the Asian region. Not only has the credit crunch seen to that qualifications in other Asian countries are subject to more scrutiny than they were. To the best of my knowledge the British Council are somewhat snooty and don't have a lot to offer, acknowledging I could be wrong of course.

http://www.britishcouncil.org/teacherrecruitment-careers-minimum-requirements.htm

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Postby vozzie » Thu, 24 Feb 2011 9:18 am

I can provide some first hand knowledge here.

To work in an English Language School , that is, tutoring after school hours, you will need to be a native english speaker and have a degree. At least at the one I know. I'm sure some of the Singaporean staffed English Language Schools have different requirements.

TEFL/TESOL qualifications are of little relevance ... as, believe it or not, Singapore's "first language" is English. Once again, at least at the school I'm familiar with. However, TESOL qualifications are certainly helpful in performing your functions ... just not a requirement.

P.S. Many of these schools have an ongoing requirement for relief teachers too.

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Postby Calmday » Thu, 24 Feb 2011 9:27 am

If you are a dependant and money isnt really an issue, there are quite a few volunteer opportunities. My wife teaches ESL (English as a Second Language) as a volunteer and loves it. The majority of her social circle comes from there.


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