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Teaching EFL detrimental to career?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by citizenkane, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Hi everyone, I was wondering if anybody could offer some advice. I have been offered a job teaching English at a High School in another country. I am a qualified teacher with a PGCE and 3 years experience.
    I would ideally like to teach my subject at an international school but have been unable to find a post (I have been quite selective about the region I have applied for and have not used recruitment agencies, which in hindsight was a bit of a mistake). I would be willing to take the change in subject (and paycut) as it would give me the opportunity to move abroad. My main question is would this be detrimental to my career in the long term? If I were to re-apply to international schools next year would they look at my EFL experience as a positive (developing different skills, understanding bilingual learners etc) or a negative (not part of IB, IGCE Curriculum, not a 'real' teacher etc)
    Any advice would be warmly appreciated.
  2. Yes and no. One of the international schools' main recruitment problems is to find people who can cope with a different country, different students and a different mentality. Having had the experience of doing that is a plus for you.
    But it also depends on what your subject specialism is. If your PGCE is in teaching English at secondary level, then teaching ESL in a high school is not that much of a stretch. However if you are a PE teacher or a reception teacher, then yes, recruiters might look less favourably at someone who hasn't recently tqught their specialist subject.
    Ultimately, it will be the luck of the draw. You will find that some schools might be turned off, but I think most schools will see it as a positive. When the time comes keep applying until you find the right one.

  3. Thisismytruth

    Thisismytruth New commenter

    If you are still thinking of applying and Abu Dhabi is on the list, go for the British International School there. It is excellent.
  4. nemo.

    nemo. Occasional commenter

    As said above depends on what you teach. Obviously in international schools many children are not native English speakers and a bit of "travel and teach" ESL might not be a bad thing. I was an ESL teacher then trained as a science teacher back in UK and it helps, but not all teacher trainers see it that way. Not using an agency is a bad idea!

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