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I want to be an English teacher in Switzerland

Hello guys, Im a student in Turkey and I am both Swiss and Turkish. I want to be informed about my situation..

I am 20 years old and I have 3 years more to graduate from my university in Turkey. After I graduate, I want to teach English in Switzerland and I have citizenship.

Is it possible for me to be a teacher in Switzerland? Please let me know...

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Re: I want to be an English teacher in Switzerland

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I guess that would depend on a few things - but a key question has to be are you currently working towards a recognised teaching qualification? Are you fluent in a Swiss language? You need to be in order to be able to teach in a state school, otherwise you would be limited to international schools.
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What is more, how fluent is your English? Do you have any degrees to show for it and do you have any recent certificates? Often these are deemed very important here - cases can vary, of course, but if you have them, that would be good.
Also, as you are Swiss: Are you fluent enough in a Swiss language to be able to switch between this Swiss language and English, as well as translate from that language to English and vice versa, at the drop of a hat?

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Re: I want to be an English teacher in Switzerland

As far as I know, you have to finish either one of the 13 "Pädagogischen Hochschulen" or one of the 4 Universities here in Switzerland.

Otherwise for recognition of foreign certifications, you need to contact to The State Secretariat for Education

http://www.sbfi.admin.ch/diploma/index.html?lang=en
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Re: I want to be an English teacher in Switzerland

You could get a CELTA or TEFL teacher training certificate, maybe your university offers those courses? They are widely accepted. Although I think for teaching English most language schools look for native speakers.
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You could get a CELTA or TEFL teacher training certificate, maybe your university offers those courses? They are widely accepted. Although I think for teaching English most language schools look for native speakers.
These aren't really teacher training certificates. CELTA is for teaching adults and TEFL isn't great. Neither is much use if the OP wants to teach in a school.
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Re: I want to be an English teacher in Switzerland

Without speaking a Swiss language (French, German, Italian depending on where you want to live here) you won't be able to teach in the Swiss public school system so that limits you to international schools.

Having looked at your profile I have to ask what are you studying at the technical uni? Couldn't you put that qualification to use here instead of having to get more qualifications to teach English?
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Re: I want to be an English teacher in Switzerland

Please don't be discouraged by the somewhat hard questions in this thread. I think you are doing well to make enquiries well in advance.

And I think that Medea Fleecestealer has a good point, that you might consider what else you could do in Switzerland, besides teach English.

You have 3 years of university ahead of you. My advice would be, in addition to your studies, if you have any spare time left, to try to do your best to learn a Swiss language. If you have friends or family in Switzerland, then I'd suggest you choose the language of the area in which they live. Otherwise, I'd say go for German, simply because it is the most widely used.

Any Swiss language you speak will increase your chances of finding work in Switzerland, in nearly every field, and across just about all levels except the very, very top. Go for it!
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Re: I want to be an English teacher in Switzerland

I used to speak german but I forgot it as I was 5-6 years old. However , I think I can learn it again and speak.

Thank you for your replies and I think after graduation , I should focus on German as you all said.

With German , I think it will work !
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Re: I want to be an English teacher in Switzerland

To teach at public schools, you need a double major: one in teaching and one in the subject you're interested in teaching, such as English. You also need to speak the local language and should be able to teach a second subject as well.

To teach for Migros or other language schools, you need at least a CELTA and possibly a CPE (Cambridge Proficiency) certificate. Unfortunately, DELTA is not a recognized certificate in Switzerland yet. Because most adults want to learn English in the evening and on Saturdays, so you'll need to be flexible with your working hours. Be prepared for unsteady hours and income. Your wages will be significantly lower than at a public school.

Switzerland's really cracking down on its requirements for teachers and even well-established, experienced teachers are facing the necessity of acquiring degrees that did not exist 20 years ago.

The days of employing native or proficient speakers with little experience in teaching are over. Because of the glut in the English language market compounded by the high availability of English teachers, companies and schools have become very selective in hiring.

I don't want to dash your hopes but it's important that you have a realistic view of the situation before you make any decisions.
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...To teach for Migros or other language schools, you need at least a CELTA and possibly a CPE (Cambridge Proficiency) certificate. Unfortunately, DELTA is not a recognized certificate in Switzerland yet...
Just to add to this...I asked teacher at Migros what qualifications I'd need if I wanted to teach English there. In addition to the above, she said you need to be at least B2 (with certificate to prove it) in the most prominent local official language. Since I'm in Bern I'd need B2 in German. HTH.
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Just to add to this...I asked teacher at Migros what qualifications I'd need if I wanted to teach English there. In addition to the above, she said you need to be at least B2 (with certificate to prove it) in the most prominent local official language. Since I'm in Bern I'd need B2 in German. HTH.
B2 - wow. I thought it would be C2 at the very least.
Learned something new today.
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That's just what Migros requires. Who knows, other schools may be different.
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Re: I want to be an English teacher in Switzerland

Migros' hourly wage is about SFr. 60+/lesson. Vacation pay is included in the wage.

Teaching English to adults is an excellent source of additional income but often not enough to make a living.
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Re: I want to be an English teacher in Switzerland

As far as I understood you all say that it is difficult even if I graduated and learned German fluently for me to teach in national schools in Switzerland..
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As far as I understood you all say that it is difficult even if I graduated and learned German fluently for me to teach in national schools in Switzerland..
It depends on so many things. The right recognised qualifications and relevant experience would hopefully go a long way.
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These aren't really teacher training certificates. CELTA is for teaching adults and TEFL isn't great. Neither is much use if the OP wants to teach in a school.
OP didn't say in a "kids school" he/she would need a professional teaching qualification or at minimum a Masters degree to teach higher education (in the UK at least) CELTA and TEFL are both internationally recognised, and language schools do look for those qualifications.
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As far as I understood you all say that it is difficult even if I graduated and learned German fluently for me to teach in national schools in Switzerland..
Probably to teach English, your native language might be easier. But as you are a Swiss citizen it might not be hard to find other sorts of work, if you want to live here you will need to be flexible in what you do. I have a Masters degree but I am definitely not working in the field I studied here.
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OP didn't say in a "kids school" he/she would need a professional teaching qualification or at minimum a Masters degree to teach higher education (in the UK at least) CELTA and TEFL are both internationally recognised, and language schools do look for those qualifications.
I know. But they are not teacher training qualifications, which is what I said. If by higher education you mean university, then increasingly PhDs are required. If you mean secondary, 11-18, then a Masters is not a requirement but a "like to have". Unless, it turns out, you're training to be a teacher in Ireland.
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As far as I understood you all say that it is difficult even if I graduated and learned German fluently for me to teach in national schools in Switzerland..
As you haven't told us what you're studying how would we know? At the moment to me, it sounds as if you plan to graduate in whatever your studying and then want to teach English. Well, unless you're already studying to teach English at your uni, you won't be able to teach it here as you'll have no qualifications to do so.

If you are studying to teach English, then yes if you learn German and you have a second subject you can teach as olygirl said you should be able to teach in public schools here. You will need to get your teaching qualifications recognised by SERI.

Provide us with info on exactly what you're studying and any experience you might have to support it and we may be able to enlighten you further as to your prospects.
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