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Looking to Switch Careers to ESL

Posted By: Keri <nebkeriura@juno.com>
Date: Tuesday, 23 April 2013, at 9:22 a.m.

I am 33 years old, a native Tennesseean, married with no children. I have a B.A. degree in History, but I have a strong background in English (meaning I was 1 class shy of having a creative writing minor). I have nearly 9 years of experience as a paralegal and have been laid off twice in 5 years. Yesterday I lost one of my part-time jobs. I told my husband that maybe it's a sign I need to do something else for a living.

I lived and worked in Ireland for a summer on a (non-teaching) work-abroad program in 2001 and loved it. (I have several other trips to the U.K. under my belt, too.) When I came back from Ireland, I wanted to teach English in Japan, but I had too much debt to afford to work overseas.

Now I have no debt, but also no job. (My husband is also unemployed at this time and can't even get any interviews.) So, I've been thinking about becoming an ESL teacher. I may consider teaching abroad (Japan, Israel, Europe/U.K.), but I think my husband would prefer to stay stateside at present. I would guess that places like Texas (a place we have already been considering) have a pretty big need for ESL teachers, given the immigrant population.

So, how does one start this process? I'm terrified of getting taken in by some diploma mill that will take my money and give me a certificate that no one will recognize. I know that there is no universally-accepted certificate, but I would like one that could get me teaching in the U.S. and have a reasonable chance of being accepted abroad.

I would prefer to teach adults, but would accept a position teaching children. Or maybe there's a niche market for business English that would be good for me, given my legal background? I can 'hitherto' and 'notwithstanding' with the best of them.

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Looking to Switch Careers to ESL
Keri -- Tuesday, 23 April 2013, at 9:22 a.m.
Re: Looking to Switch Careers to ESL
nomad soul -- Wednesday, 24 April 2013, at 2:23 p.m.
Re: Looking to Switch Careers to ESL
Stephen -- Wednesday, 24 April 2013, at 11:12 a.m.
Re: Looking to Switch Careers to ESL
Global Teacher -- Thursday, 25 April 2013, at 2:30 p.m.
Re: Looking to Switch Careers to ESL
majeh -- Sunday, 28 April 2013, at 11:11 p.m.

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