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Old 16.06.2007, 19:44
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hello everyone!

i am just curious if a CELTA qualification, a years practicum tutoring english at a learning center (in germany), and fluent german skills should be enough to get a 'good' english teaching job in the basel area.

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Old 16.06.2007, 22:06
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hello everyone!

i am just curious if a CELTA qualification, a years practicum tutoring english at a learning center (in germany), and fluent german skills should be enough to get a 'good' english teaching job in the basel area.

thank you for your response!

It depends what you mean by "good". With just one year experience you can't expect too much.
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well, i geuss i am not really to worried about whether or not it is a 'good' job, just worried, more or less, about whether the possibility of getting a job in the basel area is there, and whether or not i could get one........ just curious and worried.

another question, does anyone know anything about being an interpreter?? i am native english, but have studied german for the past 8 years, and am at a level C1, nearly native. i have been thinking about becoming an interpreter, but don't know if the market is out there for english - german

thanks for you response!
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Old 17.06.2007, 06:55
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sounds like your German would be up to par..not sure about your English, though
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Old 17.06.2007, 08:18
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well, i geuss i am not really to worried about whether or not it is a 'good' job, just worried, more or less, about whether the possibility of getting a job in the basel area is there, and whether or not i could get one........ just curious and worried.

another question, does anyone know anything about being an interpreter?? i am native english, but have studied german for the past 8 years, and am at a level C1, nearly native. i have been thinking about becoming an interpreter, but don't know if the market is out there for english - german

thanks for you response!
I don't know about Basel specifically, but in Switzerland as a whole there is room for more transalators both from English to German and vice versa in my opinion. It took ages to find one, and then was very expensive. It's also a business that is well suited to the internet. If you have web skills as well, then you could consider chasing the smaller sites in Switzerland and offering an English version - lots have an "English coming soon" link without any sign of it actually happening.
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thank you for your answers!!



(ps. why are people rude on the internet?? i haven't figured the answer to that ever since i started to use the internet)
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Old 17.06.2007, 11:33
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Sorry mate, didn't mean to offend you. The means that it's supposed to be a joke and shouldn't be taken seriously. The English in your post was just a little funny..

Just don't take offense..I know it's easier said than done but it's much better for your mental sanity if you start being offended about what people say about you. People are rude, because they can be, it's simple. No-one can punch you in the face, so anything goes. Just ignore the BS. Good luck in Basel, it's a cool city
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okay, no prob!!! i wasn't really offended, more shocked than anything. and i must also say in my defense that my english has gotten worse, due to the fact that i am mostly communicated in german, even when i am teaching english..... is kinda crazy, but the level of which i am dealing with is school level, so speaking english all the time is impossible.

once more thanks for the heads up!!!
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Old 17.06.2007, 11:49
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ps. why are people rude on the internet?? i haven't figured the answer to that ever since i started to use the internet

I don't think Gautsch was being rude, just pointing out your spelling and use of English appears a little hurried and making a joke out of it - after all, in your post you are talking about translating or teaching English for a living!

Examples:

"i" in the first person is always used in uppercase "I"

"to worried " in the context used should be spelt "too worried"

There are quite a few more and you don't come across as a native English speaker in the text.

Don't be offended , we all take shortcuts in our posts but it is the context in which your use of English is used that makes it funny.
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Thank you for the English lesson, I was not aware that we needed a proof reader to post things on the site?
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Thank you for the English lesson, I was not aware that we needed a proof reader to post things on the site?
Good Morning Martin 1976 - You are right of course.

On the other hand Gautsch and Swissbob certainly have a point.

If I were looking for a job specifically to use my language skills and if I were asking folk on an open forum for information on the subject, then I would make sure that my skills were obvious to anyone who cared to check on them.

Maybe someone on here has vitamin B and could find the poster a job, but would think twice about recommending a 'stranger' who doesn't appear to have the necessary ability.

Just to add my bit - long, long ago, 'English' and 'German' as names of languages were also written upper case (those were the days when the word 'uppercase' made sense).

I DO love behaving in a manner as befits my Avatar!

By the way, Vitamin B, around here means Beziehungen. (Connections, Network, Old Boys' Club) I've left the original in, as you might need some.
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Re: jobs in basel

If you are native English and have a Celta, then you're well-placed to get a job teaching English in a language school in Basel. However, I know for a fact from all of my teacher friends here, that business is slow and that everyone's hours are down by as much as 20%. You'll have to be incredibly well turned-out to get hired in today's market, so I agree with the previous post, be very serious about how you present yourself.

As for interpreting, they say it's both an acquired and an innate skill. One test, I'm told, is to watch the TV and repeat word-for-word what you're hearing. If you can keep up, (it's actually really hard), then you have the skills to make it as a conference interpreter. Serial interpreting is easier, but then you need a really good memory! I know I couldn't do it. No idea what the market is for that, as most Swiss I've ever met speak good English.

Good luck in your search!
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