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Born in Denmark, want to teach English in Poland - possible?


Fredenmark 1 | 1
14 Jan 2013  #1
Hello my Polish friends. I am a 21 year old male born in Denmark to Polish parents. I speak and write Polish, but rather poorly, especially grammartically.

I want to learn more Polish, so I can eventually work in Poland as an English teacher, because I feel like I want to improve my Polish but also help out other people in learning English, as I know Poland is really advancing as a economy and maybe there will be a huge demand for English teachers?? I have a few questions regarding that..

1) Should I read Polish in university? Or English? (My English is fluent, but perhaps having English on the diploma will open up more job opportunities

2) How does my idea sound - a native Dane teaching English in Poland? (Maybe they only want native speakers, maybe it's a silly choice or outright stupid because of low pay or whatever)

3) How are job opportunities regarding English teaching in Poland in a few years (4-5 years), will there still be a need for English teachers?

And finally, if you can give me any advice or tips regarding my choice, I'd appreciate it! I'm not 100% determined on it, in fact I'm quite confused and doubtful :(

Dzienkuje bardzo,
Fred
gumishu 11 | 5,012
14 Jan 2013  #2
there will be a need for Danish teachers Fred.

there is (and most probably will be) a need for Danish speakers as consultants in American info centres that are created in Poland
Lyzko
14 Jan 2013  #3
Welcome Fredenmark!

Whilst we realize there's lots more need for an English teacher in Poland than a Danish teacher (about anywhere else outside maybe Eastern Scandinavia), wouldn't you find it not the least bit "challenging" shall we say to teach a second language to other second language speaker of a language much different from your their mother tongue?? The idea is scarcely "stupid", indeed, rather ambitious I should think. So long though as you seem to intend to teach beginning Polish English learners in Polish at the beginning, this is a sound idea:-) How's your English pronunciation? I DID however notice a few minor English errors, you ought to try to iron them out as much as possible, unless you're teaching advanced academics English, in which case, minor mistakes and or pronunciation gaffs will be less important.

Til lykke og vi onsker dig succes!
phtoa 9 | 236
15 Jan 2013  #4
And finally, if you can give me any advice or tips regarding my choice, I'd appreciate it! I'm not 100% determined on it, in fact I'm quite confused and doubtful :(

Hi Fred,

I'm a native Dane living in Krakow, I as many other foreigners here works in a BPO center. The job is good, and the pay is even better as we are very few Dane's in Krakow, but a high demand for us.

If you are interested in moving to Poland, either think about this career, or like Gumishu said, think about teaching Danish instead (IMO gr8 idea)

We are even a few Scandinavians in Krk, thinking to start a small Scandinavian language school here but it is still work in progrees ;-)

Anyways held og lykke med det!
Lyzko
15 Jan 2013  #5
Fredenmark, I too think that it might be interesting to teach Danish to Poles! Wasn't my intention to be discouraging to you the other day:-)

Held og lykke!


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