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am I too old?

Unread post by Renier8 » 23 Jun 2019, 06:40

Hi.
I am a guy, 46 years old. I work from home and I was thinking of the tefl even if just for experience and to supplement my income. I do realise that the real opportunities are for youngsters ready to travel. I could travel if there was a good opportunity, but for the most part I would probably teach online. Is there scope for this?
Are there any other "older" people like me that still teach?

Thank you for your input

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Re: am I too old

Unread post by Joe » 23 Jun 2019, 06:45

There are lots of people over 46 teaching English as a foreign language all over the world, both offline and on. Some countries make it more difficult to get employed after 50 or 60, but it's far from impossible.
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Unread post by Renier8 » 23 Jun 2019, 06:48

Thank you very much. I will pursue this further then

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Re: am I too old

Unread post by Firefox » 23 Jun 2019, 06:54

Pardon me while I roll on the floor laughing :lol: I got my first teaching job (in a language school in Asia) when I was 50. And if teaching online, your age is even less relevant. Also, don't forget that not all countries are as ageist as we are in the West.

On the other hand, many native English speakers think they can teach English just because they speak it. It's increasingly difficult to get work on that basis today, and having a good TEFL certificate up your sleeve also prepares you personally to teach better and feel less stressed.

If you're into online, check out:
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Unread post by Renier8 » 23 Jun 2019, 07:04

And thank you kindly for that as well.

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Unread post by MiaWilliams » 23 Jun 2019, 09:25

I'd like to add on here what others have written that while you may sometimes come across a school with an age policy, it is the exception rather than the norm. More mature teachers bring experience to the table and are less likely to go swanning off and breaking a teaching contract. And yes, teaching online has no age limits.

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Re: am I too old

Unread post by Renier8 » 23 Jun 2019, 09:56

Thank you for all the input.
appreciated.

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Unread post by MiaWilliams » 30 Jun 2019, 13:51

You are welcome! :)
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Re: am I too old

Unread post by Ms. Clara » 18 Jul 2019, 11:35

That's the great thing about TEFL, there is no age limit! Many of my past and present colleagues are 50+ and fantastic teachers, loved by their students and enjoying their work. You are NOT too old. I say go for it with gusto :)

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Re: am I too old

Unread post by Renier8 » 18 Jul 2019, 13:45

Thank you for the kind reply.
I will begin the course in a week or two.

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Re: am I too old

Unread post by DAP » 11 Sep 2019, 11:23

I am 58 and in my second year
Thoroughly enjoying it.
Teaching line and in a voluntary capacity face to face for local refugees.
Go for it!

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Re: am I too old

Unread post by Renier8 » 11 Sep 2019, 11:30

Cool - thank you for the reply

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Unread post by Romeo » 08 Oct 2019, 14:58

These days, its all about life experience., the more life experience you have.. the better!! Yes, being young and free is still a bonus, but if I was a student today and serious about learning English, I would prefer an older teacher. As well, don't be fooled, lots of schools hirer older teachers.
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Re: am I too old

Unread post by Renier8 » 09 Oct 2019, 04:51

Thank you for your input.

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Re: am I too old?

Unread post by diane » 09 Oct 2019, 16:53

Hi
I was wondering the exact same thing. I am 57 and have been teaching for 20+ years. I am retiring with my husband to Greece over the next few weeks and have completed my TEFL qualification. My idea is to do some online teaching because I love the job and I feel too young to "do nothing". I have taught English previously but not in this format. My question is; is TEFL teaching online easy to adapt to? Any information/experiences will be appreciated.

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Re: am I too old?

Unread post by Waylon » 10 Oct 2019, 03:16

normally at this age,you are young enough to teach overseas,such as China,if you are older than 60,that's too old to teach in China or even online.Usually the university teacher or adult trainer will still be able to teach at that age.So you are just 40s,that wont be a problem at all.

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Re: am I too old?

Unread post by pasqual » 10 Oct 2019, 12:05

There are lots of options for the "mature" teacher. Good article here.. https://www.tefl.com/blog/article.html? ... id=1108084

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Re: am I too old?

Unread post by HomebasedTch » 14 Oct 2019, 05:30

It's never late to teach,the order you are the more knowledgeable you are,what you have to do is to find the right fit,you may not teach young kids but adult or teenagers would be great.
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