Hi. I have a question.
I’m a Celta-certified English teacher with a degree from a Canadian university. I’m German by birth but have lived in Canada for the past twelve years.
I’ve been looking into ESL teaching jobs in Asia and have found that the fact that my first language isn’t English is a huge stumbling block.
I’m qualified, my English is flawless, and I have the references to prove it, but all I ever hear in response to my applications is “Native speakers only. Native speakers only.”
I am aware that some countries only grant teaching visa to nationals of English-speaking countries. I also understand the schools’ reservations – if they promise their students native teachers, they are obliged to give them native teachers. But I’m getting very frustrated. Are there any schools out there that employ qualified non-native speakers?
I’d be happy about any feedback.