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Any ex-MFL teachers out there?

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Brookville Wed 12-Nov-14 22:55:42

I would love to hear what you did next.
Obvious options:
Translation and proof-reading but I fear it's a mountain to climb to get work/qualifications / specialist area etc
tutoring - no
adult ed - not sure

And that's me fresh out of ideas.

CaulkheadUpNorth Wed 12-Nov-14 22:58:03

My friend went into radio. 'Twas a faith based station broadcasting abroad though so might not be possible.

Brookville Wed 12-Nov-14 23:03:28

Wow! caulkhead that's not something I would ever have considered. A nice contrast though.

threepiecesuite Wed 12-Nov-14 23:03:42

Interested too.

Translation looks too solitary. I don't want to work abroad as have young child at school.
But need to get out soon, MFL teaching utterly gruelling for very little return. Plus, it's becoming increasingly despised by students because it's 'hard' (ie. requires a bit of rote learning ).

Brookville Wed 12-Nov-14 23:05:41

My translator friend got out, did a MA in Translation and loves it. Proof-reading (texts that have been translated by others into English from the source language) is her bread and butter. She has a 1yo now in daycare. She is a different person to how she was in classroom. But yes, threepiece we'd miss the noise of the classroom...!

CaulkheadUpNorth Wed 12-Nov-14 23:07:01

She loves it. Main languages are German and French so does multi lingual programmes between them and English. Also trains staff in speaking in correct English to be understood. No idea re jobs though.
Teaching is a pretty transferable "thing", at least where I work. What would you like to do?

(Am ex primary myself)

morethanpotatoprints Wed 12-Nov-14 23:07:16

My friend started up her own business as a supplier of mfl teachers for private and public sector.
She employs all sorts of different teachers specialising in ages as well as language.
Her work comes from schools, after school language clubs, private businesses.
She does cover though if somebody is ill, but it isn't all the time.
My dd has lessons off her as she is H.ed but afaik she doesn't tutor anybody else regularly.

Brookville Wed 12-Nov-14 23:11:07

morethan that sounds impressively enterprising of your friend. I had thought of going into primary schools and offering some MFL seeing as it's a big deal on their curriculum soon and not all primary teachers have it. But not one school in my area bit at my offer. Either their heads are in the sand or they have it sorted.
Anyway, all I know is, I don't want to be planning lessons or have that knot of queasy anxiety that I feel every morning when the alarm goes off! Or have to mark GCSE essays on a weekend.
Maybe I need to focus on what I want rather than don't want...

Brookville Wed 12-Nov-14 23:11:40

caulkhead what do you work in now?

GoingToBedfordshire Wed 12-Nov-14 23:13:34

I have been out of secondary mfl teaching for a few years, but will look at mfl in primary for next year when my youngest starts school. No idea how easy it will be to get into, but that's my vague plan!

Brookville Wed 12-Nov-14 23:15:38

Going I think it might be a bit boring, dare I say it? Lots of songs etc. I think MFL teaching in Germany, for example, is more interesting as the kids there are so motivated by English-language popular culture and make rapid progress as they are more exposed to English and really want to learn.

funchum8am Wed 12-Nov-14 23:24:18

Take on a franchise doing language clubs for children outside of school (eg La Jolie Ronde?)

GoingToBedfordshire Wed 12-Nov-14 23:57:58

Yes, possibly. At the moment though, preferable to a load of disenchanted teens. We'll see!

morethanpotatoprints Thu 13-Nov-14 00:30:30

On my way to bed now but had a thought.

There are plenty of pockets of areas where languages are in demand, I know it is tutoring and not what many leaving schools would like but languages not offered by schools or only in certain schools.

My dd really wanted to learn Italian, French, German and Latin.
She is still young yet and will probably manage the first three in the future.

Her friend much older can speak quite good English, and has A*GCSE's in Polish, Russian, German and Spanish and at 16 can speak these fluently. Most of this she has either done herself or had the odd bit of help from family, friends and native speakers.

They live about 90 miles from each other so obviously not confined to one specific area and not well to do middle class families neither.

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