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MFL teacher teaching abroad in near future (GCSE & A-level experience issue)

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Athel, Jun 18, 2016.

  1. Athel

    Athel New commenter

    Hi all,

    It's my first time posting on this forum and I hope people will be able to help me.

    I am a native French, and did a PGCE in French and German qualified to teach KS3, 4, and 5 (this bit is important, you'll see why later in the post) 2 years ago. I am now finishing my second year of teaching NQT+1 in a new school where I teach French and Mandarin at KS3 (not German).

    The school I am currently working at in the UK is a new school and only has KS3 pupils for now, which means that even though I had KS4 GCSE and KS5 A-level experience during my PGCE, I've only had KS3 experience as an NQT and NQT +1.

    I know international schools are mostly teaching IB anyway, but I am thinking of working abroad very soon, ideally in China or Japan (but would also consider Malaysia and South Korea). My questions are:

    - Could my lack of GCSE and A-level experience prevent me from getting a job in a good international school even though I am qualified teaching 11-19 and despite the fact I have 2 years experience?

    A few things that might be useful to know is that prior to my PGCE, I worked 1 year in a school in the UK as a French assistant, and I worked mostly with GCSE and A-level students so that was good experience but I have no idea if this would count for an international school because I was not qualified back then?

    I also speak fluent Mandarin and I am currently doing a distance learning master, but not sure if these might be helpful or not.

    I would be grateful for any help I will receive on the forum.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2016
  2. mermy

    mermy Occasional commenter

    I'll send you one of these conversation things.
  3. Athel

    Athel New commenter

    Many thanks mermy for your kind help! I would be interested in hearing other people's experience and point of view as well

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