Having doubts...is it possible?

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  1. #31

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    as stated before though, if he comes as a dependent, then he doesn't need a work visa... but YOU need to prove that you can support the two of you on your ONE income...


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    Quote Originally Posted by jayinhongkong:
    About the certificates...they don't really mean squat. They're incredibly easy to get IMO. A good teacher is a good teacher, with or without an easily obtainable scrap of paper.
    I haven't done one of these courses, nor do I dispute the value of experience on the ground. However, my understanding is that the purpose of the course is to give potential teachers guidance as to how lessons may be approached. At the very least having the 'easily obtainable certificate' is better than not having it.

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    It's true that just being native doesn't mean you can teach English, perhaps some are not even good at it (wrong grammar!!! )

    But if you're a native speaker, and you have pretty decent English, then teaching English as a second resort job is not bad at all. Yes, it's unfair, "just happened one has English as a native language" but who said life is fair

    There was one poster here who couldn't even distinguish present from past tense - as in dances vs. danced!!! And he got a working visa. So it's an easy and practical fallback option.


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    Just to share my experience. I'm a BBC, born and raised in Scotland. I went back one summer and did an intensive TEFL course, got the cert no bother. Came back and applied for jobs and quickly found out that:
    1) I was the wrong sex - they prefer females.
    2) I was the wrong colour - they prefer western looking ppl.
    Even tho my first language is English and I can speak darn better english than some of the local chinese teachers here. Some are down right terrible IMO and shouldn't teach to kids as they will pick up all their mistakes and think nothing of it. No offence of course.

    If your husband can tone down his accent, he has a chance. But as he is coming from a banking background I think he should be ok. See if the banks in UK have some openings in HK or just contact the banks directly. They are always hiring I've seen.

    Best of luck to you both.


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