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anticharisma 1 | -
9 Nov 2011 #1
I am considering moving to relatively remote town in Poland with my wife and am just wondering do public schools take on Native English teachers? There are no private schools anywhere near so this could be an option I would explore.

If they do, do they pay more than a Polish teacher? I'm aware that the starting salary is very low for teachers generally.
smurf 39 | 1,981
9 Nov 2011 #2
I wouldn't do that if i were you, money is terrible and it'll be difficult to teach kids that will have a terrible level of English. Plus in a language school most kids actually want to learn, public school they're just there coz they have to be. Move into the local town/city and get a better job there..........or else just do private lessons in the locality.
theKNOWLEDGE
9 Nov 2011 #3
am just wondering do public schools take on Native English teachers?

They can do. But it will depend on whether they have any vacancies - generally speaking, teaching is a "job for life" in Poland and there are simply too many teachers for too few children right now.

If there are no private schools anywhere near, then you know the market - non-existent. Generally, moving to Poland in such circumstances would be a recipe for disaster.

If they do, do they pay more than a Polish teacher? I'm aware that the starting salary is very low for teachers generally.

No. You'll be paid according to your qualifications and place on the "work path" - so essentially, the bare minimum. They cannot pay you more - this is all set in law.

I wouldn't do that if i were you, money is terrible and it'll be difficult to teach kids that will have a terrible level of English.

Come on, I teach 6/7 year olds every day...lots of paint and mess is involved :D It's great fun, but it's a private school - I dread to think about how a public school would be with the total lack of resources and large amounts of kids in one class.

or else just do private lessons in the locality.

Would there even be demand for private lessons in rural Poland? If there's no private schools nearby (heck, even places like Sanok have schools!) - then the demand must be incredibly poor.

Poland is not the place to live in a small village if you don't have connections/etc.
smurf 39 | 1,981
9 Nov 2011 #4
Come on, I teach 6/7 year olds every day...

yea, 6 & 7 yr olds that cannot write, I started school at 4 and was taught to write straight away :P
Impossible to teach kids that age in Poland unless you can speak Polish that was my point.

Always demand for private lessons tho.....kids wanting to pass matura will always want privates

But you're dead right about living in the countryside. I'd move into a town or city till you learn the lingo anti, and then you can get another job out in the country.
theKNOWLEDGE
9 Nov 2011 #5
yea, 6 & 7 yr olds that cannot write, I started school at 4 and was taught to write straight away :P
Impossible to teach kids that age in Poland unless you can speak Polish that was my point.

I manage okay, but I've got the help of a Polish assistant if I need her, and a tiny class - and a decent enough knowledge of Polish to say 'yes' or 'no' to most of their questions.

Totally different ballgame in a public school though. 30+ kids being the norm, little support for kids who have problems, a system where you have to "finish the programme" as a priority despite nowhere near enough time to do so, the list goes on. And we don't talk about the horrors of middle/high schools... Really, not a place at all for someone new to Poland.

Also worth pointing out that in such places, the jobs will go to people "in the know" - they're not going to hire a random native straight off the plane.

Always demand for private lessons tho.....kids wanting to pass matura will always want privates

But in rural Poland? There might not be that many kids around, and they might not have the money to pay anyway.
smurf 39 | 1,981
9 Nov 2011 #6
I manage okay

yea i did a kindergarten for a few weeks and got the hell outta there before I signed a contract. I learned a valuable lesson tho, teaching kids is not for me. I can handle a room of moody teenagers coz I remember what it was like being a moody teenager, but i just don't get them....and trying to teach kids that can't read & write.

When they told me the kids in the school couldn't read I asked them was it a special needs school, they said no and it was normal that kids that age can't read! I nearly dropped, couldn't believe it.

I wasn't trained to teach kids that can't read or write and I couldn't be arsed learning how to now when I've enough easier students to keep me busy.
beckski 12 | 1,617
10 Nov 2011 #7
there are simply too many teachers for too few children right now

Seems like Poland is experiencing the exact opposite, of the teaching crisis we're currently experiencing in the United States.

Re: Are there any English schools/jobs in Zamosc?

I'm living in Siedlce and my boyfriend is having troubles finding a job. I am working at an English school and having difficulties with the school.
Are there any English schools in Zamosc, and will it be hard for my boyfriend to find work?

Many of them, but it's the wrong time of year to start looking but then again you maybe lucky.
google.co.uk/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=zamosc+angielski+szko%C5%82a


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