Teaching English

Teaching English in Greece – What Do You Need to Know?

Executive Summary about Teaching English by Emmanuel Mendonca

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The employment situation can be quite uncertain for newcomers to Greece and therefore many people choose to try teaching English as a foreign language, on a full or part-time basis.

Qualifications and Experience

There are many language schools or frontistiria in Athens and all over Greece, to which you could apply for work. In order to get a job in one of these schools, it is still not strictly necessary to have a formal teaching qualification such as TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

It would provide you with some teaching theory, knowledge of English grammar (let’s face it, many of us have never formally studied English grammar in any great depth, even though we speak and write English everyday) and give you some valuable experience of teaching in a classroom, since this is included in most courses.

Many people also swear by the approach of not speaking your students’ language, so that they hear only English being spoken for the duration of the lesson. In my experience of language teaching, it can even be counter-productive if your students know that you speak their language well, because they may be too easily tempted to speak to you in Greek when they find it hard going.

Finding work

Teaching English as a foreign language jobs are widely advertised in newspapers and on the Internet all year round and most often from August to October.

Pay and working conditions

If time is on your side, it may be worth speaking to several schools rather than taking the first job you are offered. Many people who teach English as a foreign language in a school, also do private English on the side and this can become a lucrative activity in itself.

Working in a language school for a few months is a good way to meet students and advertise the fact that you do private English lessons, on a one-to-one basis. The University of Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) exam system seems to be the most widely known and respected in Greece, many people who want to be taught privately are preparing to sit a Cambridge exam or some other type of test.

The exams which are most commonly sat by students are the “First Certificate in English” (which many people still refer to by its old name: “Lower”), “Certificate of Proficiency in English” (known as “Proficiency”), and “Certificate in Advanced English” (commonly referred to as “Advanced”). More information is available from the Cambridge ESOL web site.

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