Experienced but not trained - what chance in Germany?
Thread poster: Scott_C
Scott_C
Poland
Local time: 04:37
Polish to English
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Jul 13, 2004

Hello forum readers,

I have a year's experience as a native-speaker teacher in Warsaw, where ELT qualifications are not always required, to my good fortune! I also have a B.A. in French and German, DPSI German-English, and two-thirds of the DipTrans passed in German to English.

I am considering relocating to Germany, but I don't know if I will be employable without formal teaching qualifications. Is there a greater degree of discretion in private language schools than state schools?

Any info and tips will be much appreciated, thanks.


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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:37
German to English
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Do a CELTA? Jul 13, 2004

My husband taught English in Frankfurt while we lived in Germany. He got jobs right away because he had done a CELTA course before we went. It is not a huge financial or time commitment and seems to be quite helpful. He also had one year of experience before that. That said, I am sure a lot of the teachers he worked with (in private language schools) did not have formal qualifications.

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Alison Schwitzgebel
France
Local time: 04:37
Member (2002)
German to English
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Qualification useful but not 100% necessary Jul 13, 2004

I know of several people who teach English in Germany who have had no formal training as a teacher.

FWIW - HTH

Alison


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Eva Karpouzi
Local time: 05:37
English to Greek
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TEFL Jul 14, 2004

Hi Scott,

A very good friend of mine with a BA in Linguistics did one of those full-time TEFL courses in Nottingham and it helped him find work in no time. You can attend an intensive one, they usually run for 4-6 weeks and cost roughly 1000-1500 pounds.
If you like you can send me a personal email and I could pass on his email address so you can chat to him about it, he won't mind.

Good luck with it all.
Eva

[Edited at 2004-07-14 04:15]


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Scott_C
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Thanks to all; Eva, I'll hold fire for now thanks (nt) Jul 14, 2004



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