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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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Re: am I too old

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:
Introduction to Teaching Online

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Re: am I too old

Unread post by Renier8 » 23 Jun 2019, 07:04

And thank you kindly for that as well.

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Re: am I too old

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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