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Q: how can i get an english teaching job?

I am a student from nigeria coming to school in a university spring 2012. Do they consider nigeria a native english speaker.

9 years 7 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - Beijing

 
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First, if you aren't a teacher, than look for something else. If you are, you can search the answers section just by typing in teach. You'll get several posts.

Second, I don't think Nigeria is considered a native english speaking country in China.

This is my answer to a previous question... there are other answers on previous posts as well... all with some good advice.

Google TESL or teach English in China. Youll get a ton of websites, including places to get your certification. You need the certification, no matter what. They're usually 100 - 120 hour courses. There are even some you can take online, or some of the franchise schools offer their own certifications you can take when you arrive. I'm not sure if they are good for just that school, or if they are accredited.

http://www.oxfordseminars.com/esl-country-information/countryataglance.p...
http://www.teflonline.net/index.htm

My niece is going through Buckland International Educational Group, and you can go all over China. She has a 2 year degree, and is working on her BA, but taking a semester off and going with me.

http://www.bucklandgroup.org/

These sites also have ideas of other agencies, and other suggestions for going abroad to work.
http://www.eslcafe.com/
http://www.eslteachersboard.com/cgi-bin/tesol/index.pl
http://www.onlinetefl.com/tefl-chalkboard/

I think for a first timer, going through a reputable agency isn't the worst idea. You just need to do your research. There was a question posted a few days ago that had some info about what to look for... http://answers.echinacities.com/question/13763#answer13836

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To answer your question. No they do not.You must come from the US, Canada and Great Britain.

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You can probably find work but it will be hard . I have African friends from Congo and Cameroon (francophone countries) who teach English. They are students who were able to find part time work. However they have been in China 7 and 5 years respectively so they definitely had to build their reputations (and their Chinese) first and who knows what terrible compensation they may be receiving. It will take a long time of networking but it IS possible if you're diligent. I am black (American) and I applied to over 90 schools (seriously) in Shanghai while still in the U.S. before I found one that didn't care or even ask to see a picture of me. Strangely enough, I even found one job that specifically only hired Africans and would not hire me because I am African-American.

It's an irrational process. I've seen schools that want Americans but won't hire British or schools who don't hire Australians but do hire white South Africans. Heck, some schools hire French, Russians and all sorts of non-native speakers but wouldn't hire Barack Obama if he wasn't president (they probably wouldn't hire him now even AS president). They're paying for white faces and the outstanding English speaking abilities of most Chinese reflect the results of this brilliant strategy. *sarcasm*

To summarize, it's difficult. The process might thoroughly annoy or frustrate you before you actually find a job. BUT if you really want to as just a way of earning extra cash I say wait till you get there and are able to actually meet people. I've found that wealthy Chinese are usually more well-traveled and are accustomed to seeing black people/know that we are human beings. It's the less wealthy, can't afford to leave China ones that act like villagers and think only "white man speaka Engrish" Laughing out loud

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Before you judge someone walk a mile in their shoes, that way you're a mile away and you have their shoes!

 
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Hansmas, you can't get an english teaching job at all, your attitude is really not very good. I say this because your other question got deleted. China doesn't need english teachers like you, grow up and think about it!

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I'll say this as an African American, that has done teaching in the past. Most employers, especially the ones that ask for a photo before an actual interview or looking at your resume. Are going to solely go based on your ethnicity, i hate to think that i'm in a country that has people that think like that but it's true. I've went to job interviews with non-native english speakers( classmates, friends) but I did not receive the job but they did, do you know why? Because they were blonde here and blue eyed, English speaking television is mainly dominated by European faces so you can not blame them for being racial unaware of other races being able to come from a native english speaker country. Hope that helps, man.

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who went to england or america hundreds of years ago ,,, Irish and Scots , who is who? what dose it mean we al are here.

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The fact that you omitted four capitals for proper nouns (including your own country twice), and the question mark in the question, casts some doubt on your abilities. The grammar and missing words are also a little worrying. Perhaps you could study English first, before thinking about teaching it.

Nigeria is not a native English speaking country (note the capitals for future reference), and you generally need a degree to teach here.

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I knew a Nigerian who worked part time for a training center in Jiangxi province.  He was also a student. 

 

It is possible, however, this was a very small city and there were almost no foreigners at all. 

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Go to Bai Du (百度), find the city you're going to study & make an ad.  You can teach at school or do some private tutoring.

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