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American teaching ESL in London???

 
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LaraMascara



Joined: 03 Nov 2012
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Location: American in London

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:34 am    Post subject: American teaching ESL in London??? Reply with quote

Hello all...

I am new to this forum!

I am an American, legally ABLE to work in the UK, and I am considering getting a CELTA (With a PTLLS... and eventually, maybe a DELTA) but I am afraid schools may not hire me in London because I have an American accent.

Does anyone know if my accent will prevent me from working in the field in London?

(I love teaching!)

But, I am concerned my accent might prevent me from being employed here.

So, before I spend the money, and do the training, I thought it best to ask on here...

As an American, with an American accent, legally able to live and work unrestricted in the UK, what are my chances of finding employment as an ESL instructor in London?

Does anyone have any experience in regard to this semi-specific situation?

I'm afraid the students in London might want British tutors. Otherwise, wouldn't they have gone to America for the lessons?!

Thank you very much, in advance, for any and all help, experiences, and information,

Lara

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unionjack
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Joined: 04 Jun 2004
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Location: UK

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:07 am    Post subject: ACCENT Reply with quote

Hello LaraMascara

Welcome to the forum

We love the American accent in the UK, having been brought up on American movies all our lives.

You are a native speaker, so you should have no problems.

Go for it...

UJ


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LaraMascara



Joined: 03 Nov 2012
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Location: American in London

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:25 am    Post subject: Re: ACCENT Reply with quote

HELLO! Thank you for responding! Thank you for the welcome!

unionjack wrote:


We love the American accent in the UK

UJ


Um, sadly, that has soooo NOT been my personal experience in the UK. I wish it has been, but it has not been an asset AT ALL here. Quite the opposite.

And, I would not be teaching Brits! (Oh my, could you even imagine if a school for Brits to learn American accents opened up in London? Maybe for actors, lol!)
I'm wondering how the people who come to London to learn English would feel about having an American accented instructor.
And how the schools would respond to a CV from an American accented tutor applying for ESL positions in London, ya know!?
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unionjack
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 2:40 pm    Post subject: TEST CVs Reply with quote

Laramascara

Send out some test CVs and see how they react to your American accent.

Try the following recruiting agency; it is FREE.

www.Timeplan.com

Also download our ELS School Finder's guide to your desktop, for contact addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of ESL schools in London, including lots more throughout the UK and over 10,000 worldwide.

http://www.esl-school-finder.com/

UJ
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LaraMascara



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Location: American in London

PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 2:53 pm    Post subject: hi... Reply with quote

OK, will do... Good idea! Thank you!
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unionjack
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:54 pm    Post subject: SHORT TERM WORK Reply with quote

Laramascara

Try here too:

http://www.selecteducation.co.uk/Jobseeker/FurtherEducation/

You can get good short term ESOL and EFL contracts at various colleges through Select Education. The Central Office is a pain to get to (London Bridge /Hammersmith) but the pay is weekly.

UJ
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LaraMascara



Joined: 03 Nov 2012
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Location: American in London

PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks boss! xoxoxox
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TEFL east



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good work Lara. I don't think you will get any problems.
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