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Need help with teaching English in Poland

1 Jun 2006 /  #1
I have been thinking about coming to Poland and teaching English hopefully in Krakow. I have been looking at various websites about TEFL and TESOL's (teaching english as a foreign language) and to be honest i find it all a bit confusing.

Also what people have been telling me is diiferent from what i have read.
Can anyone hep me with what i will need to be able to teach or co-teach?
Some people have told me that i will be able to find work without any qualifications at all.
Preferably this would be better as i dont have a lot of money and the courses appear to be quite expensive but if i will need a qualification then i will study.

If anyone could let me know any information about this at all i would be most grateful.
Thank you
9 Jun 2006 /  #2
don't bother there is a surplus of teachers and most of them are Polish who have better English than those on the British Islands .... there is now a recruitment from the Scottish Education Department to employ Polish teachers to teach English in Scotland ..

so unless you have a PGCE with about three years experience of teaching in your own country I would suggest that you acquire the skills which are neccesary for working.
5 Mar 2007 /  #3
Now that I think about it I would definately hire a private English tutor to teach me English. That is definately the best way to start serious about learning English. But it costs a lot of money to have a private tutor (especially native English speaker) so...
daffy 23 | 1,508  
6 Mar 2007 /  #4
i know that they prefere native english speakers in many places.
My girlfriend has little confidence in her english and she should! she is fluent!
she teaches grinds for polish and english in her home towm and yet she tells me that i would have an easier time getting work than her!

which i find hard to believe as i have bad polish :) Though, i wouldnt mind being the 'dummy' in the corner (co-teach :) ) But id rather become more fluent in Polish before i considered it a career.
Varsovian 92 | 634  
6 Mar 2007 /  #5
Regular schools pay peanuts and may not even be able to employ people without Polish teaching qualifications.
Private language schools favour Brits because they don't have any visa problems, unlike other English-speakers.
Teaching is fairly easy as the kids are motivated (they pay!). Schools will have various demands as regards teacher qualifications, but I think that as long as you have some sort of certificate you should get somewhere. I'm out of the game now, and in any case had a PGCE (full UK teaching certificate), which is highly unusual in TEFL circles.

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