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Teaching MFL abroad

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by sm5399, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Dear all,
    I have a degree in French and Spanish (1st, University of Bristol, 2009) and am thinking of doing my PGCE next year. Once I have that, have done my NQT year and another couple of years in the UK, I'm keen to go abroad. I speak fluent French and Spanish and have intermediate German. Having done some research into places I'd like to live (Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, France, Spain - particularly Barcelona, Belgium, Netherlands), it seems that:
    - New Zealand would be fine, public and private schools.
    - Australia on the East coast would also be fine, public and private schools, but most states except Victoria have a central authority that places teachers in public schools, rather than being able to apply to a particular school. On the West coast there doesn't seem a great need for language teachers.
    - Switzerland would be fine, public and private schools.
    - Germany would be fine in some states re public schools, but some states again have a central education employment agency. Also fine re private schools.
    - Spain would be fine re private schools (does one need to be Catholic?).
    - Other option would be international schools.
    Can anyone comment on the above (and on the rest of the countries I've listed - I know the PGCE is basically useless in France) please, maybe from personal experience?
    Re international schools, do they only employ staff short-term, on contracts of say 2 years, or is it possible to get a permanent post? Are British-trained teachers accepted in American international schools?
    Realistically, how easy / hard is it to get a job as an MFL teacher in an international school in Europe?
    Would the GTP be recognised by international schools?
    If the government puts up the PGCE fees, is it a good idea to do an equivalent elsewhere, eg in Oz?
    Many thanks in advance,
  2. Only last week did someone ask a question on here about teaching MFL. https://community.tes.co.uk/forums/t/514689.aspx

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