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  • raj_j_i
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    4 August, 2008 at 6:40
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    Hi everyone, newbie here in dire need of some advice. Hopefully someone can help me out. I’ve been doing some research about the ESL market and I have a few questions.

    Most schools seem to favour teachers / instructors from English speaking countries, like the UK and the US, with a Native level of English proficiency. While I am not from a country where the native language is English, I personally speak it as a first language and I have been speaking English since birth. Would I be considered a Native speaker?

    Also, I do not have a degree. Instead, I have a Diploma in Sound Engineering and I’ve spent 5 years working as a sound engineer. Would I still have a harder time finding a job teaching English than Degree holders?

    Any help will be much appreciated. :mrgreen:

    Cheers,

    Raj J.I.

    dan
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    4 August, 2008 at 12:05
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    Reply To: Need some advice before taking a CELTA course

    Hi Raj

    Welcome to the forum.

    Most schools seem to favour teachers / instructors from English speaking countries, like the UK and the US, with a Native level of English proficiency.

    True!

    While I am not from a country where the native language is English, I personally speak it as a first language and I have been speaking English since birth. Would I be considered a Native speaker?

    If it is your first langauge, then yes, you should be considered a native speaker.

    Also, I do not have a degree. Instead, I have a Diploma in Sound Engineering and I’ve spent 5 years working as a sound engineer. Would I still have a harder time finding a job teaching English than Degree holders?

    Yes. Some countries have legislative requirements for foreign workers to have a degree (although your Diploma may be sufficient for some of these, i’m not sure). Some schools (for their own reasons) require applicants to have a degree. So your options will be more limited. I would definitely recommend taking a teaching qualification such as the CELTA so as not to limit your options further – with a CELTA or equivalent there will still be many opportunities open to you.

    Hope that helps?

    Dan

    raj_j_i
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    5 August, 2008 at 6:56
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    Reply To: Need some advice before taking a CELTA course

    Hey Dan,

    Thanks for the reply! It definitely helped alleviate some of the some of the fears I’m having about my possible future as an ESL instructor. Much obliged!

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