News for ESL teachers in Canada
Some interesting "2007" facts for new ESL English Teachers
The world has definitely changed since September 11, 2001.
Good News for ESL Teachers
Samsung will use English as the head office language
Percent of individuals using fake certificates to get overseas jobs 60%
Best estimate for fake certificates sold in Asia to native English speakers to obtain jobs with fake credentials since 1980: 142,000.
Number of Asian agents selling fake University certificates and degrees charged: 3. Yes finally in Canada the OPP raided a very large scale Chinese forgery operation that specialized in Canadian University and College Degree sales to foreigners.
Unfortunately Canadians who have worked years to obtain a coveted Canadian University degree will have their hard work diminished by the lazy, incompetent, screw-ups who obtain jobs using fake Canadian credentials and then mess up. The value of Canadian University degrees plumets because of idiots and criminals using fake degrees and it makes life very difficult for real Canadian University degree holders to get jobs.
Cost of fake degree, TESL certificate, transcripts and special university hotline phone number to "verify fake degrees": $600.
Percent of worldwide ESL English language schools that are not properly registered, licensed or operating with illegal or unqualified teachers: 75%.
In the mad rush to get a good TOEFL score before the speaking section becomes mandatory - the cost for a Korean pro test writer to create fake ID and write a 600 score: $1,500,000 Won and the cost to bribe a Chinese test proctor to complete your test after the exam: $10,000 RMB.
Most obvious nonsense school ads: good looking English teachers to teach older gentlemen English at their home during the evenings.
Most brutal stories of Middle East ESL teacher mistreatment include: locked up in apartments with no food, water or heat, strip searches, robbery, assaults, death threats.
Most evil fraud: using J1 program to send underage prostitutes to the USA.
Reward to agents for creating a fake ID from a drug neutral country and obtaining a study visa to enter Canada, USA or UK for one year $25,000. This is one of the many methods the drug cartels position their field supervisors and personnel.
Being a new ESL teacher is difficult
Most North American ESL schools are marketing organizations. They like to sell their school as the best (in everything) to the international students. The schools like to present themselves as established, well organized, professional, with highly qualified and experienced teachers, proven curriculums, lots of resources, a history of happy students.
If you want to teach ESL in the competitive private school industry then you have to realize that as an ESL teacher you are part of a packaged commodity. Remember that most ESL schools pay for advertising, marketing, salesmen, agents, flashy brochures and have to travel to expensive international student education fairs to recruit students. ESL schools pay from 25 to 50% to get ESL students in the door.
For most ESL teachers to get a job in North America you have to have a combination of personal qualities, education and teaching experience. The ESL schools that try to cover 10 levels, 45 electives, activities, and self-directed programs are usually stretched because of budget restrictions. Many schools are on low-margin, high-volume operations programs and cannot afford to make hiring mistakes.
To be a successful career ESL teacher you can look at the stages most teachers go through. The start can be wonderful or ugly. It depends on your preparation. Many successful career ESL teachers tutored while they finished their university and teacher education programs. As a tutor you can really learn how to help a student. You can see their struggles and provide the solutions. The next step is the classroom. The leap from one student to 15 is major and requires all the theory and methodology necessary to operate as a classroom professional. You have to do this in person. Get the practicum supervision and corrections necessary to teach ESL professionally.
Experience can be gained in North America as a community volunteer, operating your own classes, team teaching classes, teacher observations, or tutoring. Traveling internationally where experience is not required can be exciting and educational - however one has to consider the dramatic life-style changes and risks which accompany these opportunities.
After 2 years of mistakes and corrections, continuing education, workshops, professional exchanges, brainstorming, team teaching, collaboration, students calling you wonderful, others not so happy - then many of the higher paying professional organizations consider you job-ready. Career ESL teaching in North America is not easy and not available overnight with most professional organizations.
New ESL teachers should take an internet tour of teacher white, grey and black lists, personal webpages and blogs to see good, bad and ugly teaching experiences.
May the force be with you.
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