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Teaching MFL abroad

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by sm5399, Sep 6, 2011.

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    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,

    Sarah


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  2. Sorry, this is not copying properly - if you can't make sense of it, as I'm sure you can't (!), please see my original post under 'teaching overseas'.
    Thanks,
    Sarah
     
  3. I can only speak for Germany (Bavaria in particular).
    To work here, you would definitely need a PGCE, I don't think they will accept a GTP. The central employment agencies shouldn't be a problem, if they offer you a contract at a place where you don't want to work, you can always refuse. In Bavaria, you also have the opportunity to apply to the school and then they can "order" you. It doesn't always work, but in most cases it does. Additionally, Bavaria has a lot of Catholic schools (no need to be a Catholic as a teacher, but you should at least be a Christian for most of them) and you can apply directly to them. There are also "city schools", especially in big cities like Munich and Nuremberg, which are funded by the city itself rather than the Bavarian state, and you can apply to those directly. In any case, you will have your degree/PGCE accepted by the Bavarian Ministry of Education as equivalent to the Staatsexamen (Catholic and city schools usually also only employ fully qualified teachers, i.e. those with both Staatsexamen). Spanish is only taught at Grammar Schools, so you would have to have it accepted as Staatsexamen for Grammar Schools. The degree you usually need for that is equivalent to a Master's, but I would try anyway because you never know.... If they don't accept it as equivalent to the Grammar School Staatsexamen, you might as well have the possibility to teach English and French (or even Spanish in some schools where they teach it as a so-called "Schulversuch") at a Realschule. As for Spain: I think in Barcelona you would have to speak Catalan.
     

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