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Teaching English in Ukraine. Have you done it?
« on: April 05, 2017, 08:22:36 PM »
My latest crazy idea is to move to Ukraine in a couple of years, at least part of the time. I would have plenty of money to live. However, it would be nice to have something to do. I am currently a credentialed public high school teacher. The idea of teaching English sounds appealing. English is not what I teach now but I was born in the USA so I speak English fairly well :) (feel free to search this post for spelling and grammatical errors, the irony of which would be irresistible, I'm sure)

I read about TEFL certification, or Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Apparently this is similar to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Do you know if these are recognized certifications in Ukraine?

Do you have any first hand experience with this? Hell, even second hand would be helpful. Who am I kidding, I'm so desperate for input that I'll even take wild internet forum speculation and insults if that's all you've got.

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Re: Teaching English in Ukraine. Have you done it?
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2017, 02:27:23 AM »
My latest crazy idea is to move to Ukraine in a couple of years, at least part of the time. I would have plenty of money to live. However, it would be nice to have something to do. I am currently a credentialed public high school teacher. The idea of teaching English sounds appealing. English is not what I teach now but I was born in the USA so I speak English fairly well :) (feel free to search this post for spelling and grammatical errors, the irony of which would be irresistible, I'm sure)

I read about TEFL certification, or Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Apparently this is similar to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Do you know if these are recognized certifications in Ukraine?

Do you have any first hand experience with this? Hell, even second hand would be helpful. Who am I kidding, I'm so desperate for input that I'll even take wild internet forum speculation and insults if that's all you've got.

We have members with relevant experience. I believe they'll post when/if they got the time. Meanwhile, being you, i'd google sth like "teach English in Ukraine jobs". Then i'd skip the ads and get to something like: TEFL/ESL Jobs Ukraine (an actual result).
You get to someone advertising their company as "the largest employer in Ukraine for native English speakers from the US and Canada. Hiring all year round!"
Then you could check out the reviews of that employer/ school and only then ask for precise info that interests you.
I know of two members who are currently on similar positions in Russia, and i think one of them was until recently in Ukraine. But if you do the basic research yourself and ask concrete questions, maybe they'll be more inclined to offer more info.
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Re: Teaching English in Ukraine. Have you done it?
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2017, 03:41:11 PM »
I moved to Moscow 2 months ago to teach English here. I decided to start with formal training and my research told me that you can't go wrong with a CELTA certification (Cambridge English Language Teaching Assessment). It is a very challenging course, but from what I see as your stated credentials, you wouldn't have too much trouble that you couldn't overcome.

I'm fairly certain the CELTA is offered in Ukraine as well.

Don't, however, make the mistake of assuming that, simply because you are a native English speaker, you are qualified to teach English. Too many losers make that assumption and get nowhere. Given your background, on the other hand, I think you would have a lot to offer and could pick it up pretty quickly. I think you are ahead of the curve on this.

My situation is different than yours - I actually need to make a living.

As to making the big jump and changing it up, if it appeals to you, then I can't encourage you enough! You should follow and live out your crazy ideas as you only live once.

I wish you the best of luck!


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Re: Teaching English in Ukraine. Have you done it?
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2017, 08:34:00 PM »
Thanks for the information. I did look around the site of one English school in Ukraine already.

Thanks Jerash for the ideas and encouragement!

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Re: Teaching English in Ukraine. Have you done it?
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2017, 10:44:20 PM »
My latest crazy idea is to move to Ukraine in a couple of years, at least part of the time. I would have plenty of money to live. However, it would be nice to have something to do. I am currently a credentialed public high school teacher. The idea of teaching English sounds appealing. English is not what I teach now but I was born in the USA so I speak English fairly well :) (feel free to search this post for spelling and grammatical errors, the irony of which would be irresistible, I'm sure)

I read about TEFL certification, or Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Apparently this is similar to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Do you know if these are recognized certifications in Ukraine?

Do you have any first hand experience with this? Hell, even second hand would be helpful. Who am I kidding, I'm so desperate for input that I'll even take wild internet forum speculation and insults if that's all you've got.

I would not give up you day time job, just yet.

The topic has come up from time to time on RUA. There is one guy in Mykolaiv/Nikolaev called Bill Green who runs a language school there. From California and fairly laid back, usually. The school is called Larissa ? ? ? and he has some blog. Would be worth speaking to him. He stops by very occasionally on RUA

In Kiev there are numerous English language schools one on almost every corner it seems. Sometimes I think the third most popular type of shop/business in Kiev; pharmacies and shoe shops being #1 & 2.

Jerash seems to be making a go of it in Moscow and I believe Steveboy started out as an English language teacher.

The TOEFL test/score is quite well known here and is Internationally recognized. Every school running an IB program in English will insist on it. It is interesting to take the trial tests, usually I get 100%, but not always. Julia scores about 70% which frustrates her.

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Re: Teaching English in Ukraine. Have you done it?
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2017, 10:54:26 PM »
My latest crazy idea is to move to Ukraine in a couple of years, at least part of the time. I would have plenty of money to live. However, it would be nice to have something to do. I am currently a credentialed public high school teacher. The idea of teaching English sounds appealing. English is not what I teach now but I was born in the USA so I speak English fairly well :) (feel free to search this post for spelling and grammatical errors, the irony of which would be irresistible, I'm sure)

I read about TEFL certification, or Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Apparently this is similar to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Do you know if these are recognized certifications in Ukraine?

Do you have any first hand experience with this? Hell, even second hand would be helpful. Who am I kidding, I'm so desperate for input that I'll even take wild internet forum speculation and insults if that's all you've got.

I would not give up you day time job, just yet.

The topic has come up from time to time on RUA. There is one guy in Mykolaiv/Nikolaev called Bill Green who runs a language school there. From California and fairly laid back, usually. The school is called Larissa ? ? ? and he has some blog. Would be worth speaking to him. He stops by very occasionally on RUA

In Kiev there are numerous English language schools one on almost every corner it seems. Sometimes I think the third most popular type of shop/business in Kiev; pharmacies and shoe shops being #1 & 2.

Jerash seems to be making a go of it in Moscow and I believe Steveboy started out as an English language teacher.

The TOEFL test/score is quite well known here and is Internationally recognized. Every school running an IB program in English will insist on it. It is interesting to take the trial tests, usually I get 100%, but not always. Julia scores about 70% which frustrates her.

Is the dyslexia kicking in again? Just kidding.  ;D

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Re: Teaching English in Ukraine. Have you done it?
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2017, 11:24:00 PM »
My latest crazy idea is to move to Ukraine in a couple of years, at least part of the time. I would have plenty of money to live. However, it would be nice to have something to do. I am currently a credentialed public high school teacher. The idea of teaching English sounds appealing. English is not what I teach now but I was born in the USA so I speak English fairly well :) (feel free to search this post for spelling and grammatical errors, the irony of which would be irresistible, I'm sure)

I read about TEFL certification, or Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Apparently this is similar to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Do you know if these are recognized certifications in Ukraine?

Do you have any first hand experience with this? Hell, even second hand would be helpful. Who am I kidding, I'm so desperate for input that I'll even take wild internet forum speculation and insults if that's all you've got.

I would not give up you day time job, just yet.

The topic has come up from time to time on RUA. There is one guy in Mykolaiv/Nikolaev called Bill Green who runs a language school there. From California and fairly laid back, usually. The school is called Larissa ? ? ? and he has some blog. Would be worth speaking to him. He stops by very occasionally on RUA

In Kiev there are numerous English language schools one on almost every corner it seems. Sometimes I think the third most popular type of shop/business in Kiev; pharmacies and shoe shops being #1 & 2.

Jerash seems to be making a go of it in Moscow and I believe Steveboy started out as an English language teacher.

The TOEFL test/score is quite well known here and is Internationally recognized. Every school running an IB program in English will insist on it. It is interesting to take the trial tests, usually I get 100%, but not always. Julia scores about 70% which frustrates her.

Is the dyslexia kicking in again? Just kidding.  ;D

 :snivel: It is often prevalent when there is a lack of coffee.  :coffeeread:
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