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Teaching Italian in the UK

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Giovanna79, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Hi everybody,

    I am an Italian teacher and I am qualified to teach Italian as a second language.
    I have taught several years in Italy so far, but I am wondering if this subject exists in the UK.

    Do you know of any school where students can choose Italian as a foreign language?

    Thanks in advance

    Giovanna
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Very few schools teach Italian. Very, very few.
    Moreover, those that do are unlikely to have a full-time member of staff doing only Italian - there will not be enough teaching to fill a whole timetable. It is likely to be only 2 or 3 hours a week, so the teacher will mainly be teaching something else.
    And finally - schools will be a little wary of appointing someone with no experience of the English/Welsh school system and above all of the examination system.
    This is not good news for you, I know. It was not what you wanted to be told. But to be quite honest, I think that you have very little chance indeed of finding a job as a full-time teacher of Italian in this country. Sorry!
    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
    I am timetabled for the October seminars - see you there!
     
  3. Thanks a million anyway.

    I am also qualified to teach History, Philosophy, Psychology and Social Sciences here in Italy.
    What should I do to have these qualifications recognized in the UK?

    Thank you
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well, I cannot be very hopeful here, either, I'm afraid.
    History will, of course, include English History, Social Sciences as such is rarely taught, and Philosophy and Psychology are, in the main, only taught at a high level in the Sixth Form. Your lack of experience of the English education system and its examinations above all will be a disadvantage for you, especially in the current climate where there are many unemployed teachers who have training, qualifications and experience in these.
    In the UK, somebody would not be considered an appropriate person to teach such a wide variety of subjects, since a specialist degree in one or two subjects only is the norm. Of course, in exceptional circumstances, a teacher may have to teach a subject in which he or she is not a specialist, but for an appointment, you normally need a degree in your main subject.
    However, it is not all bad news, as since you are an EU citizen, you are entitled to live and work in the UK according to the various Immigration and Asylum Acts. There is nothing to stop you coming here and then applying for a post in an individual school, on the same footing as an English person, This means you can access teaching positions in the same way as home-trained teachers. A Headteacher will look at your individual application and decide if they consider you suitable to work in their school.
    To qualify to teach in a state school our country, you currently need to have GTC registration. You can look on their website for more information:
    http://www.gtce.org.uk/publications/provregstr_overseas0709/
    I suggest that any more questions about this you ask in the Overseas Trained Teachers forum here on TES.
    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
    I am timetabled for the October seminars - see you there!
     

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