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Dear Theo: any hope for a Spanish with no experience in UK?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by spanishgalaxia, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo,



    I am a Spanish native teacher, I have experience teaching English as a
    foreign language in Spain, but not in schools, just in academies. I also
    got a post as Spanish Language Assistant in a school in West Yorkshire
    in 2009. I have the Spanish equivalent of the PGCE and my QTS.

    I am in London and I have been sending applications for a year now and
    haven't even been called for a single interview. I am quite desperate to
    be honest, and I am starting to think that all the time I lose filling
    in endless application forms is a waste of time. Do you think there is
    any chance for me to find a job as a teacher in England?

    I believe that one of the main things against it is the fact that I
    don't have experience as a teacher of Spanish in a formal environment
    right? Apparently the fact of being a native qualified teacher is not
    relevant. I don't want to sound bitter, and I am sure that there are
    amazing non-native teachers of Spanish out there, but there are also
    many who are not able to do anything outside following the textbook and
    making students learn things by heart. One I was in the school in
    Yorkshire there was a teacher of Spanish who couldn't even hold a simple
    conversation in Spanish!

    Do you think I should give up and go back to Spain / look for another job? Or would there be any hope for me?



    Thanks in advance for your answers! : )
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    You aren't the fisrt person to ask this, I'm afraid . . .
    So the best I can do is send you off to read this thread below, whiuch then has another thread inside it (like those Russian dolls . . .) with the long story of Pablo Asturias. Read it all - it's very long - and you'll see what the problems are.
    https://community.tes.co.uk/forums/p/359720/5060228.aspx#5060228
    The fact that you are Spanish is very good. The less good aspects are clearly the lack of experience of teaching Spanish to English pupils, and the lack of familiarisation with the English examination system (and your year in Yorks as a language assistant doesn't provide this.)
    But read the answers in full to Pablo. At least he had the courtesy to reply, which the other poster didn't!
    Best wishes
    _________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     
  3. Thank you for your answer Theo, I've read the thread and it its rather discouraging, but it just confirmed what I thought, MFL teaching in England is not about teaching the students a language, it is about teaching them how to pass an exam. Personally, I think this is a shame, but there is nothing I can do about it, I am afraid.
    Anyway, thanks again!
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Hmn.
    I'm not so sure that this is what comes out of the thread - it is rather that you need appropriate qualifications and experience in order to be an effective teacher, in any context.
    And passing examinations is important too - just look at the concerns that all governments, regional and national, show over the PISA results. Some regions in Spain, for example, had worse results in Maths than Azerbaijan in PISA 2010, and the regional Junta/Gobierno jumped into action immediately.
    I hope that you manage to get a job that satisfies you./
    Best wishes.
    _________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     

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