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Non-native speaker French teachers - at a disadvantage in NYC?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by silenceapres3, Dec 18, 2019.

  1. silenceapres3

    silenceapres3 New commenter

    I am a French teacher keen for a job in fabulous New York where unsurprisingly jobs hardly come up, and have a hunch that not being a native speaker may put me at a disadvantage in a competitive field. I am assuming I can only work in independent schools too. I wondered if any teachers with experience working in the Big Apple can shed any light on these two questions for me? Thanks!
  2. taiyah

    taiyah Occasional commenter

    Lived in NY for 3 years, my husband got invited to a job located in Mid-town NYC.

    Non-native speaker a disadvantage?
    Yes. All MT or LOTE teachers in my husband’s school HAD to be native speakers. In NYC alone, the pool is HUGE. In your elite private schools parents seek tutors (not nannies) native in certain languages. In some cases a family will have 2-3 tutors specialising in language+math, language+science et al.

    Working in NYC
    You need to contact the education board first to see if you are qualified to get a license.

    Living in NYC
    It’s expensive simply because of the rent if you want the Sex and the City version. Working in their local/district schools won’t give you enough money to live like a broke Carrie Bradshaw. We were lucky, through our NGO connections we did a London-NY (Manhattan) house swap with one of our friends for 2 out of the 3 years. Loved our time, had family over there too so the kids got to know their American cousins.

    Outer areas like Flushing, suburbs that are only 2-3 stops after the Hudson where the rent is reasonable do exist. Well.... NY reasonable.
  3. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    Are you a US citizen? If not then the number of schools who will sponsor visas falls every year. It's becoming increasingly difficult for them.

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