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Are there any Romanian teachers in international schools?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by amciubotaru, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. I am a Romanian teacher teaching ESL for 13 years, and was a Fulbright exchange teacher in USA for one year. I have been trying to find a job in an international school for about a year or so, but have been unsuccessful so far. I am well aware of the fact that there are more experienced teachers but somehow I have also felt that Romanian teachers are not well regarded (I am not sure if only native speakers are serached for or it's the fact that I'm Romanian).
    Anyways, would it be a good idea to get a TEFL certificate, would that be of more help?
    Please advise. Thanks a lot.
  2. Most good international schools require qualified teacher status with qualifications gained from native English speaking countries. There is pressure from parents in the schools that their child's teacher is taught by a native English speaker & schools require their teachers to have knowledge & experience of their curriculum. Your problem could also be that you will be teaching ESL when English is also your 2nd language. I'm not sure that TEFL certificates will help with that, but perhaps there's others on the forum can guide you better. Good luck.
  3. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    I am currently teaching in Qatar and I know a Romanian lady who is teaching at a school here in Doha, as well as a Czech husband and wife. As ladybump has said, some international schools are more than a bit sniffy when it comes to employing non-native English speakers, especially if they have not had much experience of either the PYP/IB or the English National Curriculum or both. My Romanian friend is a very dedicated and hard-working teacher, but I am sad to say that she has encountered some prejudice from her colleagues.
    To be honest, I think that some of the "second division" schools are a bit more flexible when it comes to employing other nationalities. If you do well, then perhaps you could use this as a stepping stone to a better post in a few years' time. Regular readers of my mindless ramblings on this forum will know that I am a fan of the CELTA, even though I have never done one myself! Colleagues who have done one tell me that it is a good qualification to have and it gives a sparkle to one's CV, as well as some excellent theory and practice for the teaching of English. Just make sure that you do the real thing, not the online rubbish.
  4. In Romania a teacher of Romanian and a teacher of English teach the whole spectrum: literature, grammar, vocabulary, etc. to classes 5-12 (ages 11-19), about 7-8 different classes in a week. I know that in schools overseas you teach only one, maybe two subjects, and one grade (for example when I taught in the USA I was an 8th grade Language Arts teacher) and this makes it rather difficult, I might say, for someone not used to working with students of different levels, different textbooks, all in the same day.
    It would be interesting, though, to see what other teachers would think of this type of educational system.
    Again, thanks to everyone who took the time to answer. Any piece of advice is welcomed and I appreciate it.
    Happy teaching everyone![​IMG]
  5. I suggest sending your CV to the international schools in Bucharest. There is one in particular which I think might hire you. They probably wouldn't pay you the expat salary, though.
  6. Thanks,Penny, you can imagine I have thought about that, but the fact is that they are also looking for native speakers, as far as someone has told me, but I guess it wouldn't hurt to give it a try. But, there's a saying in my country: 'Romanians are more catholic than the Pope' [​IMG]
    Thanks again for the advice, it might be useful in my future search also.
    Could you send me a PM telling me which school you had in mind?

  7. PM sent.
    The one I have in mind isn't owned by Romanians, BTW.
  8. Syria1

    Syria1 New commenter

    Not all international Schools are the same - in fact your domestic experience sounds very much like the NC framework for English at KS3 and also IGCSE if a school were offering Language and Literature to all comers (as we do). We don't specialise at all to that extent (except if you are teaching language only to SL beginners - and even then you would want to use literature as much as possible). I don't think you should assume that your US domestic experience is the same as a true international School.
    On the issue of employment - some countries have a legal requirement that only nationals (native speakers) are employed to teach that language. Idiotic in my humble opinion, but true nevertheless.
  9. Thanks, Syria1, for your input, but I do not assume teachers in all international schools specialise in only one subject, all I meant is that in Romania we tend to require more than it is necessary, and thus to burden, sometimes, the teachers. I do not know too many things about international schools, other than what I've learned from some teachers there, so I would love to find out more.

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