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Teach in a university


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As more private language schools have limited funds for training and development, Hannah Alexander-Wright explores if teaching English as a foreign language at a university could be the natural next step in your career.

The Gazette asked five university tutors, based both in the UK and the US, what it’s really like to teach in academic institutions.

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Teach In Spain

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Teachers are often attracted to jobs in Spain because of its reputation for sunny weather, delicious cuisine and a rich cultural life. But after the 2008 economic crisis, what are the chances of getting a job and developing your career? The Gazette spoke to Borja Uruñela from the Andalusian Association of Language Schools (ACEIA) to find out more.

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Deserts, Ski Resorts And Oil: A Tefler’s Guide To Kazakhstan

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Olga Kravchenko looks at opportunities for English teachers in the Central Asian nation

Kazakhstan is the largest country in Central Asia and the ninth-largest country in the world, with vast steppes and immense deserts covering two time zones. The hardest part of any teaching assignment in Kazakhstan may actually be getting there. Kazakhstan is isolated geographically. If you’re offered a flight as part of a job package, insist on an international airline or national carrier Air Astana.

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Teach in Japan

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by Rachel Nickson, recruitment manager of Saxoncourt Recruitment

Living in Japan offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in a rich and vibrant culture. This is a culture that is famous the world over for its delicious food, modern technology and unique festivals and traditions. There’s so much to do and see in Japan that you could spend your whole life there and just scratch the surface. Try Japan’s world-famous cuisine: sushi, tempura, ramen and udon. Climb the picture-perfect peak of Mount Fuji or soak up the tranquillity beneath Daibutsu, the Giant Buddha statue at Kamakura. But if that sounds a bit too serene, and you love high technology, visit Akihabara, the shopping district for video games, anime, manga (comic books) and computer goods where you’ll be spoilt for choice with all the high-tech offerings. All the above are within striking distance of Tokyo. And wherever you go, try speaking a little Japanese – the locals will love you for it!

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China turns to interns

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Melanie Butler looks at Asian countries’ fixation with native speakers and questions whether they can recruit enough expatriates to fulfil demand.

When is a teacher not a teacher? When they are an intern. Internships are increasingly being offered to native-speaker graduates who have completed some kind of Tefl certificate. In return for funding their own airfares they are offered free accommodation and stipends to work overseas. In effect, these are gap-year programmes for graduates.

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