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Looking to return to U.S. & teach English

 
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EvaInSeoul



Joined: 20 Aug 2009
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:39 pm    Post subject: Looking to return to U.S. & teach English Reply with quote

I'm a New Yorker and I've been living in South Korea for the last year, working in a public elementary school. I've extended my contract for another year and then probably will return to the U.S. I want to teach ESL in New York but don't know what's needed. I have a B.A. but in history and no certification. What certification and experience do I need to get started and what testing, if any? Thanks.
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Lexicon



Joined: 11 Sep 2006
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Location: New Orleans

PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eva,

It depends on if you want to teach in one of the NYC language schools for $10-20 per hour part time, or if you want to teach in NY public schools as an actual proper job. If you want to teach ESL in public schools you will need to complete a teacher certification through the state. They actually have programs through the NYC schools site in which people with a bachelor's degree can teach while pursuing a state-funded certification or master's. And, they are looking for ESl instructors.

Check out the websites and do some research and you may be set to go with a real job by the time you get back home.
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EvaInSeoul



Joined: 20 Aug 2009
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lexicon wrote:
Eva,

It depends on if you want to teach in one of the NYC language schools for $10-20 per hour part time, or if you want to teach in NY public schools as an actual proper job. If you want to teach ESL in public schools you will need to complete a teacher certification through the state. They actually have programs through the NYC schools site in which people with a bachelor's degree can teach while pursuing a state-funded certification or master's. And, they are looking for ESl instructors.

Check out the websites and do some research and you may be set to go with a real job by the time you get back home.


Thanks for all the info. I actually wanted to teach in a language school but if what they usually offer is only part-time work, then I don't think that's a good option. A friend of mine recommended the Board of Ed. site also so I will look into it. I have a whole year to prepare for imminent employment in the U.S. I'm just really worried about working in a public school due to disciplinary issues. I'm used to the level of discipline with Korean kids and I want to work in a similar environment.
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