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by pokedmund
27 Jan 2013, 10:06
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Teaching in Hong Kong TEFL school w/o a degree
Replies: 1
Views: 3776

Re: Teaching in Hong Kong TEFL school w/o a degree

With a CELTA/Trinity TESOL and native English / native looks, you should be ok. They will haggle you on the wages (maybe $150+/hour). Obviously, it's much better with a degree, but it's not impossible to teach in HK. ... This isn't part of your question, but it's just me being nosey, but do consider...
by pokedmund
13 Jan 2013, 02:35
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Teaching english in China for asian (British Chinese)
Replies: 3
Views: 5189

Re: Teaching english in China for asian (British Chinese)

Don't pay anything yet. Have a look on youtube to see what Jolly Phonics is like. I think it's cheaper to learn in Hong Kong if you were still interested. It's only useful for Kindergarten and MAYBE early primary school students. But it's definitely good to have on a CV if you're teaching young stud...
by pokedmund
04 Jan 2013, 03:39
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Have teaching experience...would online cert do?
Replies: 5
Views: 6199

Re: Have teaching experience...would online cert do?

Are you caucasian? If yes, then China's pretty easy to work for teaching English. It's great to hear you have some teaching experience and if your headed to rural China, then reading about tefl through a book/internet or having a good knowledge of how to teach English in a classroom to foreigners sh...
by pokedmund
03 Jan 2013, 10:57
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Have teaching experience...would online cert do?
Replies: 5
Views: 6199

Re: Have teaching experience...would online cert do?

Depends where you are thinking of going to.

If it's China, then you should be ok. If it's Europe, maybe not so.

Do you have a degree? Have you thought about your visa requirements? Where are you going to?
by pokedmund
06 Dec 2012, 12:55
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Job search in Hong Kong
Replies: 4
Views: 4967

Re: Job search in Hong Kong

1) Try to determine your target audience. If you're gonna teach kids, you'll have a better chance of teaching. But I'm sure some adults in HK want to improve their English too. 2) If you really want to teach kids (say 3-5 years old) you could 'upgrade' yourself by taking a Jolly Phonics course. Tuit...
by pokedmund
06 Dec 2012, 04:23
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Job search in Hong Kong
Replies: 4
Views: 4967

Re: Job search in Hong Kong

What's your tefl certificate?
by pokedmund
06 Dec 2012, 04:21
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: First-timer contemplating doing a CELTA
Replies: 4
Views: 6371

Re: First-timer contemplating doing a CELTA

I did the same thing 2-3 years back. But I lived in London and the centre (SKOLA in soho) wasnt that far from my work place.

I used about 2-3 days annual leave during my studies (over three months) so its definately do-able.
by pokedmund
04 Dec 2012, 11:56
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Teaching english in China for asian (British Chinese)
Replies: 3
Views: 5189

Re: Teaching english in China for asian (British Chinese)

Where in China are you going? What is the TEFL certificate are you completing? Yes, being anything but a foreigner trying to teach English in China (in my case Hong Kong) is a negative, but fear not, there are still opportunities to be employed. It just depends on whether you're willing to do them. ...
by pokedmund
04 Dec 2012, 03:37
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Employment prospects in Hong Kong
Replies: 7
Views: 8972

Re: Employment prospects in Hong Kong

What are these tutor king/queen centres like? I've never been inside, and I think recording of lectures is prohibited. Searches on the internet haven't found much either, but from asking student experiences: 1) They cost about $50 per lesson (apprx £6-7). VERY cheap and affordable 2) Sometimes ther...
by pokedmund
04 Dec 2012, 02:20
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Employment prospects in Hong Kong
Replies: 7
Views: 8972

Re: Employment prospects in Hong Kong

Basically, yes to your question. But don't worry. It's not just improvements in speaking and listening to English, throughout a HK kids journey in education it's about getting the results to get in with a CHANCE to go to a university in HK . Mentioned from that BBC article, 1 in 4 / 1 in 5 students ...
by pokedmund
16 Nov 2012, 15:11
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Employment prospects in Hong Kong
Replies: 7
Views: 8972

Re: Employment prospects in Hong Kong

I'm afraid I've never done Business English in Hong Kong before. I remember an American teacher teaching privately a 20-something year old friend of a neighbour English. The going rate was about $200-300 per hour there. However, you could always post adverts at the local supermarkets (like they do i...
by pokedmund
16 Nov 2012, 04:48
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Employment prospects in Hong Kong
Replies: 7
Views: 8972

Re: Employment prospects in Hong Kong

Hi there, I'm currently teaching English in a very small tuition centre in Yuen Long. I've been here for nearly three years now. I'm asian but a british citizen with authorisation to work and live in HK indefinitely. Currently working 6 days a week, but teaching about 23-24 hours per week (NOT inclu...
by pokedmund
03 Sep 2012, 16:38
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: How can one teach without knowing the local language?
Replies: 7
Views: 10201

Re: How can one teach without knowing the local language?

Ideally, use a lot of hand and body languages. Use simple words and just be really animated. And SONGS, SONGS, SONGS!!!! With the right enthusiasm, you really don't need to know the native language. You'll be surprised how quickly very young children (2-3 years old) pick up English. For example, I l...
by pokedmund
21 Aug 2012, 07:32
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Work in Hong Kong...
Replies: 4
Views: 6132

Re: Work in Hong Kong...

Hi there, I'm an native English teacher whose been working in hk for the past two-three years. Asian looking btw. 1) I've never heard of your centre, BUT this is not uncommon. There are maybe hundreds of tuition centres based in and around hk (dare I say thousands?) I looked on google and found the ...
by pokedmund
28 May 2012, 02:47
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Working life as a Teacher in Hong Kong
Replies: 11
Views: 18156

Re: Working life as a Teacher in Hong Kong

NET means native english teacher.

Native being your first language is English.
by pokedmund
24 May 2012, 05:07
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Which Course
Replies: 9
Views: 8500

Re: Which Course

It means 'any' degree.

Most degrees from the UK/US match the requirements.
by pokedmund
22 May 2012, 05:39
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Part-time CELTA (have you taken or researched it)?
Replies: 4
Views: 5339

Re: Part-time CELTA (have you taken or researched it)?

I took the CELTA PT, but I did it when I was in London (which was one of the places you mentioned in your post that you did not want to do it in as it was an english speaking place). Since you haven't specified a country, may I suggest you check the cambridge website to see which countries you would...
by pokedmund
22 May 2012, 05:34
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Which Course
Replies: 9
Views: 8500

Re: Which Course

Whether its China, Japan or Vietnam. 1) Consider the visa application process for working in these countries. 2) If you look and sound like a Native English Speaker (Fair skin, blonde hair, blue eyes, etc, etc), chances are you'll get a job pretty easily. 3) CELTA/TESOL not only makes you look good ...
by pokedmund
08 Feb 2012, 01:21
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: When should children start learning English?
Replies: 4
Views: 5044

Re: When should children start learning English?

Depends on where you live. I live in HK where we speak three languages (Cantonese, Mandarin and English). The native language is Cantonese, followed by either Mandarin and English (dependent on how the government wants to take language education in the future) So, when we have English intergrated in...
by pokedmund
07 Feb 2012, 06:21
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: The realities of teaching after the CELTA course
Replies: 2
Views: 4195

Re: The realities of teaching after the CELTA course

Hi there,

I just completed a survey for you.

Hope it helps!