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EFL teaching, migration and the AMEP program.


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Hi,

 

New to posting here, though I’ve been lurking for a while! Anyway, hope you can bear with a few questions of mine – probably the first of many…

 

I am currently studying a CELTA EFL teaching qualification here in the UK, and I’m hoping to move over to Perth in future and teach there. I also have a languages-based bachelors degree, and a bit of teaching experience, and I have an additional season of teaching lined up next summer to add to it.

 

I’m in my early 30s, native English speaker with no health problems and no partner or dependents. British citizen.

 

 

  • What is the employment situation like for EFL teachers in Perth? Does the AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program for non-English native speakers) support much EFL employment? I’m particularly interested in working with AMEP, though general information on the purely private schools as well is most welcome.

 

 

  • What visas are worth considering? So far I’ve been looking at the class 187 and class 457, but am I missing anything obvious? Are language schools generally willing to sponsor/nominate? EFL teaching comes up on the federal skilled work list (at least it did on the last one!), but not the WA one.

 

 

  • Do EFL teaching salaries in Perth cover/reflect the higher cost of living and renting than on the east coast?

 

 

  • Is there anything in particular schools over there look for? Is there anywhere in particular they advertise for staff, or is it best just to Email them or call in face to face next time I’m over there?

 

Finally, is there anything here that sounds patently ridiculous and stupid to even contemplate? If so, I’d rather know now!

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There are a few different issues here.

 

First is the visa. Teacher is on the list, but I am uncertain if you will qualify as a teacher under the Oz definition - it requires 4 years of university study. Are your current studies at graduate or post grad level?

 

You need to look at the sol and CSOL lists.

 

A 457 visa is a temp visa that is normally for 4 years and requires a company / organization to sponsor. The key part is that it is temp and is tied to the employer.

 

Next, is the employment chances. To be honest, I would think it would be low. The vast majority of arrivals have to have established as part of their visa that they have sufficient English. There are obviously a number that don't, particularly families of the main applicant. However, the majority of the teaching of English for these is done by volunteers - I only know because my wife is one. She volunteers to teach English to new arrivals as part of the AMEP.

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There are a few different issues here.

 

First is the visa. Teacher is on the list, but I am uncertain if you will qualify as a teacher under the Oz definition - it requires 4 years of university study. Are your current studies at graduate or post grad level?

 

You need to look at the sol and CSOL lists.

 

A 457 visa is a temp visa that is normally for 4 years and requires a company / organization to sponsor. The key part is that it is temp and is tied to the employer.

 

Next, is the employment chances. To be honest, I would think it would be low. The vast majority of arrivals have to have established as part of their visa that they have sufficient English. There are obviously a number that don't, particularly families of the main applicant. However, the majority of the teaching of English for these is done by volunteers - I only know because my wife is one. She volunteers to teach English to new arrivals as part of the AMEP.

 

Thanks for the heads up with the 457. I didn't know it was bound to one employer - definitely one to avoid.

 

As for qualifications, the list does specify ordinary school teachers and EFL teachers separately, and EFL teachers usually do three years uni (bachelors) plus a seperate training course (CELTA), and the aussie employers are usually happy with that, so I wasn't expecting the immigration guys to throw a spanner in those works :(

 

I will double check this with the accrediting body in Canberra and post my findings back here, so anyone else following knows the score...

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