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ESL Teaching position required - Answers for Hanoi

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ESL Teaching position required
Single Aussie posted November 17th, 2017 at 9:56 am to Help!.
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Hi . I am 54 and from Australia. I looking for a ESL teaching position in Hanoi or away from the cities as long as there is an internet available, I am TEFL qualified But no B.A Degree .I am available from January 2018
Can anyone advise if this is possible or should I chase a different dream ....

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November 22nd, 2017 at 1:39 pm

For the sake of potential students, please chase a different dream.

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December 2nd, 2017 at 5:44 pm

If willing to work outside of major cities you may find work. Within the popular locations then you will struggle. I think internet may be patchy in the smaller towns. Perhaps ask about that specifically.

There are centres opening up in all sorts of odd places and they can’t get enough teachers.

No degree precludes a work permit and many of the bigger employers will not even consider you.

If you have an an extra income from investments or property life in the countryside towns can be very cheap. Rent is low and there is little to do or buy. You could manage on ten hours work a week at 10 usd an hour, unless you are extravagant.

It is difficicult to prejudge who will be an effective teacher based on a single post on here. If you just teach kids anybody who can get on with them, is kind and has the energy will do a reasonable job.

If you are thinking of teaching higher levels then you need to invest time and effort way beyond a basic TEFL cert.

December 7th, 2017 at 9:01 am

So how are the organisations in the rural outskirts going to get teachers if no one wants to go there? Those with no degrees are willing to go there but can work only voluntarily? This could be an issue as people in rural areas will never be able to catch up in English

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December 12th, 2017 at 12:15 am

A lot employ Filipinos. Filipinas more probably. They will work for lower pay and are often well qualified and capable. Just not native speakers and of course they don’t look the part.

The schools/employers are businesses. Student progress is the last thing they care about.

Personally I don’t think a degree matters and a TEFL cert though it shows you made some effort is not all that. People have to grasp the simple fact that unless it’s a Cambridge CELTA, Trinity College TESOL cert or another properly moderated qualification it is meaningless. It might fool the locals and even be accepted by immigration for a work permit but it won’t fool the more reputable employers.

Even one of these recognised certificate level qualifications was only ever meant to be an initiation to English teaching. Even the people who get top grades on them have a lot to learn when they start teaching. It’s only a 4-5 week course and they have to start from zero. I know because I have taught on TEFL cert courses (albeit the worthless sort) and underwent training to teach on a recognised course. Many of the people who got thru and were awarded certificates were pretty dodgy and I would not have employed them.

Perhaps I’m veering off topic. I don’t want to derail the thread.

December 14th, 2017 at 10:41 am

I was informed by a few schools “Show up in person in my office, and I can give you a job” I did make it clear that I don’t have any degree, so yes, it seems like the schools in the countrysides are more desperate.

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