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Where are all the jobs for German teachers?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by angie1977, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. Hi Joe,
    I am on a MFL SCITT course German with French to KS3. My colleague and I, also a German specialist, have been shocked at the lack of posts advertised for teachers of German. It seems Spanish is the thing at the moment. We both live in a suburb of London so not out in some rural idyll where there are few schools around. Where are all the jobs? Out of hundreds on TES website this week, a handful are for German and none of them within easy commuting distance from where we are. Isn't MFL a shortage subject? I thought the demand for MFL was supposed to be high. . Are we panicking too soon? Or are our plans to start applying for jobs 20-30 miles away or temporary or part-time posts justified? Will there be a flood of vacancies in May? Thanks.
     
  2. megmogndowl

    megmogndowl New commenter

    There are a couple going in Surrey at the moment (I don't know which bit of London you are in) and I know of another going in next week. Jobs will probably be going in in the next few week I should think as the deadline to resign for teachers is 31st May.
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    As a trained German specialist, I'm afraid I see more and more German being phased out each year. It reall is irresponsible of colleges to not make students aware of this fact.
    Yes there ARE jobs but few and far between and often one has to make up one's timetable with othre subjects.
    Not what what you wanted to hear perhaps but you need to be aware as no-one else is honest enough.
    I know 2 colleagues, who in 2 years time will not be doing German at all, being phased out! And neither do I actually teach German at the minute, I'm a long term supply as there's so few jobs.
     
  4. dalej

    dalej New commenter

    Hi angie1977,
    I think this is just a reflection of the times we live in. German used to be the second most popular MFL behind French, but in recent years this has been replaced by Spanish. I advise that you keep looking and be prepared to relocate if the right job comes up. Good luck!
     
  5. You might want to check german jobs and french jobs on a job search engine. maybe try to filter results with education on the industries section.
     
  6. I don't think MFL has been a shortage subject since compulsory languages at GCSE was phased out.
     
  7. Jessaki

    Jessaki New commenter

    I had to relocate from Manchester to Cambridgeshire for my German teaching job, and that's with primarily teaching French with some German. However the Ebac has turned things around for me and we are now teaching GCSE German/French to Y8s, Y9s and now I teach more German.

    But, German is on the out. It will be like Greek and Latin soon.

    Shame.,
     

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