Is my B.Ed useful for TEFL?

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Is my B.Ed useful for TEFL?

Unread postby nickb » 11 May 2010, 06:30

I recently just finished a program where I received a B.Ed degree in foreign language education with and an A.B in French. As part of my requirements for the B.Ed, I taught high school French under the supervision of a teacher for around 14 weeks. I don't have any teaching experience past what was required for my degree.

There was also a combination for the B.Ed in Foreign language and a second degree in English, but I figured that the most important thing would be the education degree and teaching experience, so I wanted to take the chance to earn a degree in a language I like other than my primary language, since I already speak English. What kind of prospects would someone in my shoes have for securing a job teaching English (or even French, if I could, but I bet I'd face fierce competition with French natives..) in Europe? What countries should I look into? What are the challenges I'd face?
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Re: Are my qualifications useful in TEFL?

Unread postby nickb » 11 May 2010, 15:25

Also, I should point out that I am a US Citizen.
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Re: Are my qualifications useful in TEFL?

Unread postby nickb » 12 May 2010, 16:46

Anyone? What path should someone in my shoes take?
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Re: Are my qualifications useful in TEFL?

Unread postby Lucas » 12 May 2010, 18:43

Your biggest challenge would be to obtain a work permit without a EU passport. Some options available for US citizens are the Czech Republic and Germany. You may be able to find a job with just your B.ed so look around.
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Re: Are my qualifications useful in TEFL?

Unread postby nickb » 12 May 2010, 20:07

Given the choice, I'd choose Germany (unless it was Prague!). I'd just hate to have to pay the cost for a CELTA/Trinity cert after I've already received a B.S.ed in FLE. What would be a good way to look around and approach people for positions for non-EU citizens in Germany?
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Re: Are my qualifications useful in TEFL?

Unread postby Lucas » 18 May 2010, 20:56

For any job in Europe, you need to reside in the country of choice and apply in person, unless you find a job ad in one of the TESOL/TEFL related websites and you can send your resume by e-mail. Never give money to an agency or school for job placement assistance or for a work permit.
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Re: Are my qualifications useful in TEFL?

Unread postby nickb » 30 May 2010, 00:02

Would anyone happen to know anythin of Qatar/Kuwait requirements?
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Re: Is my B.Ed useful for TEFL?

Unread postby systematic » 04 Jun 2010, 05:23

That's a different topic Nick. Try posting in the Asia employment section.
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