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Part time job as english teacher

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Im a basketball player who will be moving to Switzerland this summer. I'm looking for a part time job. I thought maybe being a English teacher would be good, since my primary language is English. How do I go about dong this? Are there part time jobs in this field of work? I will be living in Biel/Bern area. Any suggestions would be helpful, Thank you.
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Old 18.02.2013, 21:50
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Re: Part time job as english teacher

Got a teaching degree ? Got any degree ? A lot of people think they can just waltz in and get a job teaching English. Not that easy even with the aforementioned qualifications... Good luck though mate, surely not impossible...

http://www.compassteaching.com/teach...itzerland.html

http://www.sgischools.com/search-job.htm

http://www.e-tas.ch/job-board/open-positions
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Re: Part time job as english teacher

I have two degrees. Bachlors in Communications and a MBA. I heard that some places just look to see If you are educated. You think its possible for me to get this position? And do you know how much they get paid?
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Old 18.02.2013, 23:18
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Re: Part time job as english teacher

Yes you're right a lot of places accept 'qualifications'. In Bienne, I would estimate around 35-40 n hour with little/no experience and no teaching qualifications. If I were you, I'd get started by buying done grammar books/ methodology books.
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Re: Part time job as english teacher

Also, not to put a damper on this plan, but are you British or English? I hear that Americans have a harder time getting teaching jobs because Europeans would rather speak 'British' English.

If you have an MBA, why not get a real job? If you're the guy who is going to join his girlfriend, start trying to get a job and thus a permit. It's sort of a chicken-and-egg thing, most places won't consider you if you don't have a permit, but it only takes one, right?
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Also, not to put a damper on this plan, but are you British or English? I hear that Americans have a harder time getting teaching jobs because Europeans would rather speak 'British' English.

If you have an MBA, why not get a real job? If you're the guy who is going to join his girlfriend, start trying to get a job and thus a permit. It's sort of a chicken-and-egg thing, most places won't consider you if you don't have a permit, but it only takes one, right?
Teachers get up early as 5 or 6am to reach school at 7 or latest 7:30am EVERYDAY.

Teachers need to cater not just to the curriculum but all sorts of behavioral problems throughout the day and semester.

Teachers also have to prepare the whole semester's lessons when the students are on vacation and often teachers need to work thru the night to finish marking the papers the students hand in.

Teachers are not handsomely paid, as compared to REAL JOBS like bankers and wankers. Many love their job because they love teaching.

Before you write this statement which belittles all the teachers in this world, I would propose you should attend school once more.


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Re: Part time job as english teacher

CELTA qualifications can help you get a job, but those courses cost money. I don't know what is available in Bern, but in Zurich "Flying Teachers" supply such a course.
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Re: Part time job as english teacher

Finding a full-time job teaching is difficult. If you're not working for a state institution, your pay will be low and the hours can be long.

Teaching part-time is a great way to make extra money and have a rewarding job. I've met the most fantastic people doing this and have had many inspiring moments. However, I never know what my schedule will be like the following semester or how much money I'll be making. Considering the uncertainty and volatile state of teaching jobs, I'd say looking for a "real" job might be more beneficial.
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Re: Part time job as english teacher

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Im a basketball player who will be moving to Switzerland this summer. I'm looking for a part time job. I thought maybe being a English teacher would be good, since my primary language is English. How do I go about dong this? Are there part time jobs in this field of work? I will be living in Biel/Bern area. Any suggestions would be helpful, Thank you.
I took this to mean that the OP was looking for something not in his specialty, and was merely suggesting that he not give up on the idea of getting a job in the area for which he's most qualified and has more experience.

I have no problem with teachers, except that they tend to be overly sensitive. (c: Just kidding.
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Re: Part time job as english teacher

I think it depends a little on you, and a little on circumstances. Do you have what it takes to teach others (patience, ability to rephase the message 20 ways until everyone understands, etc.)? Do you have some skills in German or French, so that you can communicate with your students when they just aren't "getting it"? Do you have a permit that will allow you to work once you get here?
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Re: Part time job as english teacher

I'm a basketball player and I'm unemployed during the summer times. I also think I'm well educated to teach my own language. I'm not looking for a full time job, just something part time to keep busy during the summer time. All I want to know is If this is possible in Biel or Bern. I speak French and a little bit of German. I will be married soon so I'll have a permit to work and stay in Switzerland.
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I also think I'm well educated to teach my own language.
Being able to speak one's own language =/= being able to teach one's own language to others.

I would strongly advise you to complete one of the English language teaching courses mentioned earlier in the thread. They're not cheap, but qualifications are important in Switzerland and it's better to find out whether you're cut out for teaching earlier rather than later.

Good luck!
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Being able to speak one's own language =/= being able to teach one's own language to others.

I would strongly advise you to complete one of the English language teaching courses mentioned earlier in the thread. They're not cheap, but qualifications are important in Switzerland and it's better to find out whether you're cut out for teaching earlier rather than later.

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Being able to speak one's own language =/= being able to teach one's own language to others.

I would strongly advise you to complete one of the English language teaching courses mentioned earlier in the thread. They're not cheap, but qualifications are important in Switzerland and it's better to find out whether you're cut out for teaching earlier rather than later.

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