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Hi everyone,

I am new to this site and I joined up because I am thinking about moving to Switzerland. I am a TESOL teacher and I was just wondering what the demand was like in Lausanne. I want to learn French and I love Switzerland but of course I need to find a job. I am not a mainstream school teacher, will that restrict me when looking for work? Are there many private langauge schools in the area? I have over two years experience including exam classes. I don't have CELTA but I hold a Masters in TESOL...

Any advice about this would be great. I am only thinking about it but want to know as much as I can before I decide what I am going to do...

Thanks in advance
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Re: ESL in Lausanne

Hello and welcome to the forum...
I'm an English language teacher in the German speaking part of Switzerland and CELTA is definitely 'king'.
I have no knowledge of the Francophone cantons but I'm sure someone more knowledgeable of the Lausanne area will be along to help.
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Old 13.03.2012, 22:18
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Re: ESL in Lausanne

first, welcome! i have a masters in tesol and linguistics and i had no problem finding a job. first, i would ask what you have in terms of experience because it is getting to be a tighter market around this area so that can make a difference. celta is usually for those who are interested in teaching adults but before i has a position in a school, i was offered positions that required a celta as often people are happy to have someone with a higher level degree as well.

one other question that would be important is if you received pedagogical training as part of your masters?

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Hi. Thanks for replying so quickly. In terms of experience I have taught children and adults, mainly adults. I have taught Trinity GESE exams, IELTS and some FCE but mainly General English, at all levels. The fact that I don't have CELTA has never been an issue before I have taught in Australia and I am currently located in London, teaching in a private language school. Are there any useful websites I could be looking at?..google is suggesting too many general sites.

My masters consisted of 6 weeks teaching practice in Hungary.

I think one of my major questions is, can I teach in schools, because I have heard mixed reports about teaching there. Some say you need a BEd in teaching, others say you don't.

Another worry is my level of French..I am only pre-intermediate and learning French is one of the reasons I would like to go to Lausanne. I have heard of many people moving to Switzerland because they have partners there, but I want to move because I want a change. What are the set up costs like over there?

Thanks so much for all your help on this..I am very greatful for any advice I can get!
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