Why good teachers can often miss out
Created: Wednesday, 02 March 2016 17:40
Diane Jacoutot, who recruits Teflers for international schools, looks at a variety of factors that can trip teachers up in their search for a job
Normally the kinds of schools we recruit for at the moment require teacher qualifications such as a bachelors of education rather than just a Tefl certificate. This is a function of the kind of licensing that these schools have – there’s a difference between schools that provide a substitute for compulsory education (eg all subjects using the national curriculum) and schools that teach English as a foreign language only. That being said, most international schools are dominated by host nationals, so they are full of English language learners.
One issue that can affect EFL teachers in some countries is the subject of their first or higher degree. Ministries of education have at times required English teachers to have an English or applied linguistics degree. While this makes some sense if you are hiring someone for whom English is not their first language, as it verifies that the candidate has a proven and verifiable proficiency in the English language, for someone who is from an English-speaking country any degree taught in English, whether it’s science or history, requires proficiency. But many ministries require this for certain levels and jobs so it can be a blocker.
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Vietnam: the good ... the bad ...
Created: Wednesday, 13 January 2016 11:45
Kevin Martin Doyle summarises why Vietnam is a honey pot for English language teachers, but warns of a few pitfalls facing them
First, the good ...
Vietnam is one of the hottest growth areas in English language teaching. The Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training has announced that by 2020 all students leaving school must have a minimum level of English. Teachers in state schools are expected to have an even higher level of proficiency.
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