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Old 17.03.2010, 15:29
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Hi all,

This is Rouzy and I've been reading this forum for about 2 years and sure learnt alot about the country and the culture and mentality of people in Switzerland and finally it's about 2 weeks that I've landed in Zurich.
I'm learning Deutsch 5 days a week for the moment which will last about 1 year and then off to my university in Winterthur for my Computer major.
I'm originally from Iran and 28 years old.
I was thinking to get a side-job as to socialize a bit more and also earn some money.I'm not sure if I'm posting this message in the right forum or not.
I have the experience of teaching english (not in very high levels) for about 5 years but currently I'm hearing that most of the institutes and even people here are looking for native English speaking teachers to recruit.
How do you see my chance of resuming my English teaching here in Zurich or do I have to look for a compeletely different job.

Thanks a Million

P.S:Any links or websites I could get more information on this issue would be appreciated.
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Old 17.03.2010, 15:33
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Re: New and Needing Advice

Welcome Rouzy.
Since you are now in CH, I guess its time to change your location in your profile.
Khosh amadid.....
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Old 17.03.2010, 15:56
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Wow Aki! I was Missing Farsi language here! sure I will.
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Re: New and Needing Advice

Hello Rouzy,
Welcome to Switzerland!
There is one problem with teaching English here, most students will need some sort of "certificate" from an institution for job searches etc. Likewise, you may face the same problem when trying to get a position as a teacher.

My wife is not an accredited teacher, but she has a university degree which helped her get a job as an English teacher a few years ago. Her colleagues all seemed to have teaching credentials of one form or another.

I'm not sure how your experience will count, but you have nothing to lose by trying. I think the schools themselves will tell you straight off if you have a chance to qualify. As you know, it is not easy work, the preparation is demanding, especially for the first set of courses.

Check the postings on the board at your local supermarket, you never know what you could find there (except furniture).

Cheers and good luck.
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Old 17.03.2010, 19:09
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Thank you so much, Sergneri , for the great info.
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Hi Rouzy, welcome to Switzerland.

Although I do not have a first hand experience on this but I think you could find a job, I guess it's all depends on where you would work. For example I've read recently (on here!) that most International schools do employ native teachers with required qualifications (CELTA, DELTA, etc). but for other companies it's not compulsary. But if you don’t have any relevant qualifications, maybe you could just spread a word around or as was advised above, simply put an ad in your local Migros, Coop etc and offer your knowledge/experience and see what happens, maybe for a conversation sessions or for kids??

Good luck and also Eidet Mobarak.
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