I am a native speaker of American English who is very happy to have found this forum.
As I plan on starting a online TEFL course in a few weeks (either LinguaEdge or Ontesol), I would like to know if having a Master's degree in linguistics in combination with a TEFL certificate will in general increase my chances of finding work as a TEFL teacher abroad (mainly Japan, Germany and Eastern Europe).
Also, does knowing the language of the country you're interested in going has any influence on hiring decisions. I am curious about this because I speak French fluently and my German is at an intermediate level.
I get so much mixed information online about the TEFL industry that I really don't know what to believe.
Thanks for any feedback you may be able to give me.
Having a pulse and a tie are said to be the requirements for many of the eikaiwa Japan, but the MA could get you through the door of some better-paid jobs in universities, though there is some pressure on those jobs at the moment because there are some corporations muscling in, offering to handle the whole teaching operation teaching cheaply, thus turning language centres into bog standard eikaiwa.
Thanks for the information you gave me.
Thanks for your input. I appreciate it.
I pretty much understand the situation in the Far East, but what are things like in Germany, France and Eastern Europe (Russia, Poland, Hungary)?
You're an intelligent, educated person. They will want to give you a job teaching English whether or not you have the TESOL or other such things. The question is, do you have an EU passport? I do now, but before I fought the UK government to give me one, I went to teach in France and wasn't paid for the first 7 months, until I got rich all at once. It's the paperwork.
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The type of jobs where a masters degree would be an advantage would also expect a few years experience. In fact, a lot of masters degree in this subject ask for at least 2 or 3 years teaching experience to get on the course in the first place. At this stage of your career, the thing that would count in your favour would be a CELTA or Trinity Certificate.
I'm not sure about other languages. I've heard mixed reports, particularly with the sorts of conversation classes that new teachers often end up in.
However, if you are a native speaker of English, the director may substantiate an exception for you, when confronted with the school inspection authorities (and/or the parents).
Last edited by echelon; 27-Sep-2009 at 10:22.