Teaching English in Mexico City for Experienced Qualified Teachers

For Experienced, Highly-Qualified Teachers

For very highly qualified English language teaching applicants with a university degree, a post – graduate degree, teaching certification and extensive experience, there are two distinct possibilities for employment. Contact these locations for further details:

Universidad Anahuac

e-mail: [email protected]

website: http://www.anahuac.mx

The universities undergraduate and post-graduate programs as well as some of their extension programs include English classes at varying levels. Qualified professionals in the English language teaching field are currently being sought for a number of disciplines.

ITAM Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico

e-mail: [email protected]

This high-level technical institute features more than 80 diplomados where English is included in the curriculum. Contact them initially by e-mail or through their website for key details and further contact information.

Mexico City Jobs Outside the Zona Rosa:

GREENGATES SCHOOL

Contact: the Principal

Telefax: 373 – 0765

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.greengates.edu.mx

A coeducational British International school of 1000 students aged 3 – 19, invites applications from qualified and experienced EFL/ESL and Junior High school teachers. Applicants should fax or e-mail full CV for consideration for the upcoming school year.

THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL

Contact: Miss Lene, English Director

Phone: 361 – 2299

Fax: 361 – 4827

Experienced English teachers sought (EFL/ESL) with a minimum of 5 years experience for the Junior High school level. Teacher Certificate required. Fax CV for consideration.

SANTA FE HIGH SCHOOL

Contact: Sra. Felgueres

Phone: 292 – 2294 to 97

Santa Fe High School requires an English Literature Teacher. Only candidates with university degrees, teaching experience in high school (2 years +), native English speaker. Excellent salary and working environment.

WESTHILL INSTITUTE S.C.

Telefax: 292 – 2377, 292 – 2378-81

The institute anticipates openings for English, French and Computer Science teachers. Requirements include a BA or BS degree, native English speaker and 2 years teaching experience. Interested applicants should fax resume.

SIERRA NEVADA SCHOOL

Phone: 363 – 1988

Sierra Nevada school requires English Teachers for high school in San Mateo. Native proficiency, university degree and previous experience necessary.

Be sure to check out my other articles in the two continuing series: Teaching English in Mexico and Traveling in Mexico. If you would like more information, have questions or comments, the author can be e-mailed; see below.

Assistant Language Teaching

After coming to Japan to support England at the 2002 World Cup (that’s soccer for anyone who doesn’t know the world sport!) I knew that I wanted to experience more of what the country had to offer. Returning to England I soon quit my job, enrolled in a teacher training course at International House in London and within six months was on my way back to Japan. This time with a one year contract to work as an assistant language teacher in a Japanese junior high school.

Assistant language teaching is a huge industry in Japan. There are a variety of recruitment firms that hire abroad and bring native English speaking teachers to Japan to work in the state school system. The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) is also a popular way to enter the world of the assistant language teacher (ALT).

The great thing about ALTing is that there are many positions where speaking Japanese is not a job requirement. Not speaking Japanese is one attribute that can make a great ALT simply because most communication with teachers and students will be in English which is what ALTs are paid to do!

After working in London for a few years I was keen to experience more of a countryside vibe and landed a job in Shizuoka prefecture at the foot of Mt. Fuji. It’s a great area with plenty of wide open spaces, fresh air and great tasting water. At the same time with the excellent Japanese bullet train network I am less than one and a half hours from Tokyo.

I work as an ALT in Susono where I have lived for the last six years! There are various options while working as an ALT. You could simply come for a short period of possibly a year or two and not take your job seriously and treat your time in Japan as a massive party. This option definitely has its merits!

Another option would be to really get into the Japanese way of life. Work hard, play hard is certainly one way to describe the Japanese. I had heard all about their work ethic before I moved here but after coming I discovered the Japanese also know how to party! Working as an ALT I create a variety of ALT lessons as a record of my time working here and also to be used as a resource by anyone looking for an ALT lesson plan.

Teaching Jobs Abroad Look Set to Explode

London teacher, Hannah Brunton recently packed her bags and joined 60,000 other British teachers and Headteachers in the process. Having spent three years at Barrow Hill Junior School in Westminster, Hannah moved to Beijing to start teaching at the Harrow Primary School.

It’s a move that was surprisingly easy for her. “I first became interested in teaching in an international school last November,” Hannah explains. “I was looking to use my skills as a teacher to open up opportunities for experiencing a different culture and felt I was ready for a new challenge. Additionally, having lived and worked in central London since graduating, I found my bank balance to be no healthier than when I was a student and teaching jobs overseas can offer the chance of saving money while offering a better quality of life.”

This figure of 60,000 British teachers and Headteachers already working overseas is expected to increase significantly as the number of international schools continues to grow at a rapid pace. It’s a market much bigger than most people, even those within the education sector, realise. At present there are 5,374 international schools throughout the world using English as the language for learning. They offer a variety of curricula including British, American and international (including the IGCSE, the International Baccalaureate, and the International Primary Curriculum). Most are independent, highly respected, well-equipped and skilfully managed. These schools not only attract English-speaking children from expatriate families but also children from the local population; typically the wealthiest of the local families who recognize that an international, English-speaking education opens a lot of career doors for their children. “In fact, international schools are now catering for the richest 5% of the non-English-speaking world,” says Nicholas Brummit, Managing Director of ISC Research which maps the world’s international schools and analyses developments in the international schools market.

It’s a market that is changing significantly as ISC Research figures attest. In the year 2000 there were 2,584 international schools. That number has doubled in just nine years and looks set to increase to 8,000 by 2015. That means a lot of jobs for skilled, English-speaking teachers and Headteachers and the reason why they’re looking, says Andrew Wigford of Teachers International Consultancy, isn’t just about salary. “In research that we carried out two years ago, the number one reason for teaching overseas was the adventure and the opportunity to travel. In retrospect,” he continues, “teachers and Headteachers who’d been working abroad for more than two years were able to say that the experience had been very good for their career with 89% saying that it had improved their skills and job opportunities. More than that, every single one of the respondents said that the experience of working in an international school had enriched them as a person and 66% had learned a new language along the way.”

Another teacher who said goodbye to Britain recently was Scottish teacher, Anna Coquelin. Anna, who taught French and Spanish at Craigroyston school in Edinburgh has joined the staff at the British School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In addition to more sunshine, the teaching opportunities where Anna has headed are far greater than in Scotland. The British School in Riyadh is just one of over 130 English-medium international schools in Saudi Arabia, more than 40 of which are in Riyadh alone. And there’s no slowing down in sight. Governments, not just in the Middle East but in many developing countries like Korea, are actively encouraging international schools to open as they increasingly recognize their importance.

So what of the international teaching opportunities for teachers like Hannah and Anna? “There are going to be more and more of them,” say the experts.