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  CAN I WORK IN SOUTH AMERICA?
"I am a 53 year old female who is considering taking a TEFL course to become certified to teach English as a means of supporting myself in a Spanish speaking country for the coming winter. I do not have an undergraduate degree, however, have over 20 years business management experience in which I frequently was responsible for training personnel who reported to me. Can you tell me, honestly, if I were to become certified as a TEFL instructor WITHOUT an undergraduate degree, would I have the ability to work in Central America, or would their labor laws prevent hiring me for wages?"
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PREJUDICE AGAINST NON-NATIVE SPEAKER TEACHERS?
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I am a non-native speaker of English but a qualified teacher of EFL. Is there still a huge prejudice against non-native speaker teachers? I currently teach in my home town in Germany but would like to travel and wonder if there is any likelihood of my continuing to teach abroad.

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I am pleased to report that there is a recent re-appreciation of the strengths of non-native speaker teachers, principally for their insight and knowledge of the language and culture of the students' first language. Just as there is an appreciation for the native-speaker teacher's insight and knowledge of the target language. Where there is a stated preference for native speaker teachers, this generally comes from the client, i.e. the language learner. Where this is the case, it is difficult for schools to ignore this particular client preference, just as it is any other. I think it is a question of applying for advertised posts where this is not a condition.




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