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Re: I need some advice...

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Monday, 7 October 2013, at 8:31 a.m.

In Response To: I need some advice... (SilverPyramid)

I will try to sum this up in hopes I can acquire your sound and honest advice. I am wondering if teaching is an appropriate option for me and my somewhat unique circumstances. I hold an M.A. in Theatre and have been teaching Public Speaking at a University for the past three semesters. I am assuming I would still be required to get my TOFL,(or equivalent) to teach abroad to non-native speakers, correct? Also I am solo parenting a four-year old daughter, whom I would love to give a global education. Would you recommend this type of work and the challenges associated with it to someone like me? Are there positions for someone with my credentials in Europe on the University level? What about training international corporate executives in the public speaking arena, non-native speakers to speak publicly? Do those jobs even exist and if so, where do you look? I Love to travel and since settling in to get my Master's and navigate motherhood I haven't had the chance. I am just beginning to look into this option and would so appreciate your experience and feedback! Many thanks in advance!

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Some points/issues for you to be aware of:

- Although you're interested in Europe, as an American, you're pretty much limited to non-EU countries. You'd have to research which countries you can legally work in and if there are opportunities for university instructors with public speaking/related skills. Keep in mind you may find there isn't an equivalent subject being taught in overseas universities or that a PhD in Communications is required or that you need to be fluent in the local language.

- Since the ESL Cafe focuses on English language teaching, I doubt you'll get much info here about public speaking jobs. (Frankly, it's unclear if public speaking is what you want to teach or if you're truly interested in teaching English, which is a different field.) Anyway, you might try Toastmasters International for ideas on finding public speaking jobs abroad.

- Getting a valid TEFL (not TOFL) cert is a good idea if your goal is to teach English. However, this is an entry-level teaching qualification, which equates to a job with pay that may not be enough to support you and your child if you're particular to a certain region. I suggest you be flexible as to other countries/regions you can teach in.

Messages In This Thread

I need some advice...
SilverPyramid -- Saturday, 5 October 2013, at 9:42 p.m.
Re: I need some advice...
nomad soul -- Monday, 7 October 2013, at 8:31 a.m.
Re: I need some advice...
Tim -- Monday, 7 October 2013, at 9:37 p.m.
Re: I need some advice...
spiral78 -- Monday, 7 October 2013, at 5:07 p.m.
Re: I need some advice...
Diane -- Thursday, 17 October 2013, at 10:02 a.m.

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