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General » Russia ~ Work Permit Warning
Actually, that's good advice for anyone planning to try teaching in any of the former Socialist European countries. Some have been quicker than others to reduce red tape and bureaucratic procedures.

I'm told that both Hungary and Slovakia have gone to great lengths to make it relatively smooth sailing bureaucratically for non EU citizens to take up teaching there.

By way of comparison, the Czech Republic will still mire a non EU citizen, even one from a visa waivered country (e.g. Canada, USA, Australia, Japan....) in red tape and lengthy procedures.

The gears in many of the former European Socialist states still turn quite slowly and often need a lot of documents to "lubricate" them.
General » Teaching in Europe?
It's distinctly possible that might be the case, Valery.

I believe Italy, Spain and France, as longer standing EU members may have a stronger preference to EU countries of shorter membership such as Poland, Hungary, Slovakia or the Czech Republic.

Some countries refuse outright to hire non EU citizens for teaching positions, I'm told that's the case in the BENELUX (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) region.

Your best bet is to check the embassy websites of the countries you want to teach in and see if they do have some stipulation written into their labour code that bars non EU citizens from teaching there. Most countries will at least have a basic outline of their labour code as it applies to foreigners somewhere on the web site.

If you can't find anything that specifically rules out non EU citizens from teaching, fire out your resumes. If the information is not clear, call the embassy and ask some questions about the matter.

One of the primary reasons that an EU country would bar a non EU citizen from teaching is that there is virtually no bureaucracy (or comparatively little) when hiring an EU citizen in comparison to a non EU citizen.

General » As a teacher, what do you do when you give an incorrect answer
(c) could not be correct in any circumstances.

You have a clear fixed time reference point in the sentence in the form of "last year" so past simple is the only tense that works in the context of your original question: "Have you been to Scotland? Yes, I ......... last year."

Present perfect would work if there was no fixed time reference in your question, for example:

"Have you been to Scotland? Yes I've ..........."

In which case, answers like:

"Yes, I've been to Scotland"

or

"Yes, I've been to Scotland three times"

Are quite acceptable.

I hope that answers your question.


As for your own mistakes in a classroom, don't dwell on them. Just like your student's mistakes, spend only as much time as you need to make the correction and explain why the correction was needed and then move on.
General » No Degree Required?
Awesome work Jeanne! Congratulations!
General » No Degree Required?
Hi Maureen, thanks for keeping a thread on a very important aspect of TEFL job hunting near the top.

There's a lot of competition out there for English teaching work so you really do have to take shots at the opportunities you want.

Once you've checked out the embassy web pages to make sure there are no legal obstacles to keep you from working in a particular country, the only resume that is wasted is the one that isn't submitted.

Just remember, we will all regret at least a few things in our lives but its easier to live with regrets about things you did do than things you didn't do.

No loss is so deep and lasting as the loss from a chance left untaken.

As for Stacey's comments, the less said the better. I've let Global know what I think of her comments. I don't think we should let them overshadow this very relevant and potentially very useful thread any further.
General » No Degree Required?
No problem Tricia.

Even with the best preparation and planning, looking for a job overseas is a rather daunting and confusing thing to try doing at the very begining.

The embassy web sites of your intended target countries should ALWAYS be your first stop. Every country has its bureaucratic procedures regarding legally working there and you need to know what they are before trying to secure work there.

Visit the embassy sites regularly as requirements do change from time to time and it is your job as the potential foreigner there to keep on top of what you need to become, and stay, legal wherever you plan on going.
General » what is cv
My pleasure Tricia.

I had no idea what the term meant when I first started looking for teaching jobs. All the European job adverts were asking for my "cv".

Fortunately a couple of the ESL job seeking sites I frequented at the time had explanations of the term.
General » what is cv
It's simply a synonym for resumé.

It comes from the Latin "Curriculum Vitae"

General » No Degree Required?
Not to get into any sort of deep argument with you Stacey, but I don't see my comments as either "biting the hand that feeds" or "poor taste".

They were in direct response to a posting that has since been deleted and, as that post is gone, my reply to it is without its former context.

I don't see any reason why my reply to Jason's post should not have been deleted along with his.

I am not unthankful to Global, as I said I find that my certificates from them do get some level of respect when I look for work.

Where we can certainly agree, Stacey, is that attitude counts for a lot.

I have never applied for a teaching position that did not also require me to plan and teach a demo lesson at the time of interviewing. Even when I was applying for jobs from Canada, no potential employer in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland or Slovakia (the four countries I was primarily targeting with my job search) would be satisfied with a telephone interview, they all insisted that I come over and teach demo lessons for them.

I had to take the risk of going over there if I wanted to stand a chance of getting work. I found a lot of potential employers had a lot of respect for me just for my willingness to take that risk. After about ten interviews and demo lessons, I had my pick of four job offers and my first job secured by the time the academic year started.

Their insistance on such a thing speaks volumes for how important attitude in a potential teacher is to them. I could have had a certificate of any sort: TESOL, TEFL, CELTA.... from any school and on its own it would not have been enough to secure for me the jobs I've had.

To reiterate, I am NOT ungrateful to Global, but on reflection of my past four years in the ESL teaching business and the hiring practices of the geographic region I work in, I can't credit them exclusively for any job I've secured. I've found that attitude has always counted for just as much as any certificate or diploma I've been able to show to a potential employer.

Jeanne, Laura and Tricia:

As I said in my first post, do NOT let the fact that a job posting tells you that a degree is required stop you from applying for the position, particularly if you can find no evidence on the country's embassy web site to indicate that a foreigner must hold a degree of any sort to legally work in that country.

A lot of schools just want to say that they have degree holding teachers as a bit of a prestige point for their advertising so they will try to get them if they can.

There's always going to be something of a crap shoot element to job hunting regardless of the field you work in, the qualifications you hold or the experience you bring with you to the interview. There will always be some disapointments, you simply CAN'T let that stop you from keeping at it.


Good luck ladies.

General » No Degree Required?
O.K. Jason you make good points and I'd see where you'd be angry if you were truly holding Global to the "guaranteed job" line. If I had one criticism of Global it would be their "guarantee" of a job, I think it raises a lot of false hope.

I didn't hold them to it myself as I knew it would be more than a year before I could pry myself away from my previous job and a few other commitments in Canada.

I also didn't hold them to it because, and I don't mean to come off offensive to anyone here or the powers that be at Global, I was sceptical of their ability to actually deliver on that guarantee. Indeed I am sceptical of any agency or organization that "guarantees" jobs. How could it be done? How could they speak for potential employers who may have no connection to them?

In my book, "guaranteed job" is an oxymoron. Unless the organization making the guarantee intends to hire you themselves, it can't work for sure.

I wouldn't go so far as to call Global a scam, I find that my TESOL certificates I got from them do get respected when I present them.

Good luck to you sorting the matter out with them.