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Teaching english, if i'm not a native english speaker.

Postby wststreet » Tue 05.06.2008 3:09 pm

I've seen many people saying they teach english in japan to get a visa.. But those people are native english speakers.

What about me, i'm from romania... i speak enlgish (some problems with the accent though), i have a very good teacher.. but is that enough? A friend told me to look up information on TESOL certificate, but i don't think that would be an option for my country.

Other suggestions on how to get a visa are also welcome here.
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Re: Teaching english, if i'm not a native english speaker.

Postby tōkai devotee » Thu 05.08.2008 2:42 am

I believe that most English schools in Japan require their teachers to be native speakers, so unfortunately for you that's not good news. Some private schools however, have been known to employ non- English speaking people, as long as they receive a high score on a particular English test. I don't know the name of this test, but perhaps someone else will be able to help you with that.
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Re: Teaching english, if i'm not a native english speaker.

Postby spin13 » Thu 05.08.2008 11:11 am

I know AEON hires many non-native speakers. I have a Japanese friend who returned from the States to earn a quick buck to fuel his PhD (just so happens to be linguistics, but...) and is working for them. He mentioned that he is not the only non-native speaker and I would also guess that many of the other non-native teachers don't have the qualifications that he does.

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Re: Teaching english, if i'm not a native english speaker.

Postby becki_kanou » Thu 05.08.2008 11:41 am

I just checked out AEON's site, and apparently they do hire non-native speakers.

Applicants from countries where English is not the native language (or not the only native language) must have a total of at least 10 years of education from schools where English is the primary mode of education, including a Bachelor's degree from an English speaking country.
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Re: Teaching english, if i'm not a native english speaker.

Postby wststreet » Thu 05.08.2008 2:47 pm

yeah but does AEON hire people from Romania, i saw on their website that they only recruit people from the US and Asia (and canada, i can't remember). Or is that something else?
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Postby clay » Thu 05.08.2008 3:12 pm

I have a German friend who for years has taught English at his university. In fact, this semester is his first to teach German (He says he is a little nervous).
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Re: Teaching english, if i'm not a native english speaker.

Postby becki_kanou » Thu 05.08.2008 10:06 pm

wststreet wrote:yeah but does AEON hire people from Romania, i saw on their website that they only recruit people from the US and Asia (and canada, i can't remember). Or is that something else?


You should check out their website or e-mail them if you want to find more details.

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Re: Teaching english, if i'm not a native english speaker.

Postby wststreet » Fri 05.09.2008 3:36 pm

Well, bad news from what i have seen on the website...
I must have 10 years of education in a school where english is the primary mode of education (in my country, nowhere to be found) also a Bachelor's degree in English.. (again, nowhere to be found).

Sigh... so many downsides to living in romania :(
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Re: Teaching english, if i'm not a native english speaker.

Postby two_heads_talking » Tue 05.13.2008 11:02 am

wststreet wrote:Well, bad news from what i have seen on the website...
I must have 10 years of education in a school where english is the primary mode of education (in my country, nowhere to be found) also a Bachelor's degree in English.. (again, nowhere to be found).

Sigh... so many downsides to living in romania :(


only if you want to teach English in japan. You might want to look at some other avenues.. Or move to a country that uses English as the primary mode of education. The UK would probably be your closest English area.
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Re: Teaching english, if i'm not a native english speaker.

Postby wststreet » Sun 06.08.2008 4:02 am

I did some research and there is a college in my city where you become a teacher... As far as I know it's Romanian/English so this is the hard part.... I don't want to specialize in Romanian because is very difficult to do so. But I'm willing to go there if that's going to help me in any way... My other option was computers specialization.
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