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For all the English teachers out there. Are you happy that by just learning the grammar of your mother tongue at the sufficient level,  you can have a job and travel around the globe? 
Mar 14, 2017 5:17 PM
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Being an English teacher can be very rewarding, and as you say, many native English speakers simply need to get a basic TESOL certificate in order to get work in places that are grateful just to have a native English speaker.

In my humble opinion, however, very few of these young American or British people have any life experience or organisation skills for handling a classroom, and it shows. Yes, they are probably happy, but I'd hazard a guess their students may not learn as much until the teacher has become more experienced.

March 15, 2017

Richard - I think what TestUser meant was that (in his opinion) people with an English or US-passport are able to travel the world as English teachers if they simply learn a few English grammar rules.

TestUser - what's stopping you from learning a few ;) Russian grammar rules and travelling the world as a Russian teacher? Teaching Russian is not exactly a niche market, is it?

March 14, 2017
In some sense concerning Ukraine and Russia TestUser is correct. When to a school or language courses comes a native speaker with A  level all moms and people around awesomely raise their eyes to heavens and say with inspiration, "Ah!.. HE is a Native Speaker!" It Russian we call native speakers 'language bearers' because they 'bear' their mother tongues. And that is when even some people around do not exactly know what does the word "bearers" mean. That's the mentality. But the idea is not of being a "bearer", as Andi said, it's in how one can explain and teach.
March 15, 2017

ok, <a ui-sref="user({id:comment.commenter_obj.id})" href="https://www.italki.com/user/2552793" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Susanne Walter</a>'s right. I meant all those ESL teachers who acquired the TESOL certificate or whatever. How hard can it be to learn their own language?! And sorry if I'm gonna get a little emotional here. 

Here's a little story, a guy in his 20s a native English speaker went to Japan and got a job as an English assistant without ANY teaching cerificate and experience. How was that for an example? He lived in Japan, in Thailand, South Korea... And only then he went and got his masters in teaching. 

Another story... A supermaket guard from Canada, went to Ukraine once again, without any idea how to teach, our school is just proud to have a native speaker here. He married a Ukrainian girl and now lives here. 

And now.. I'm looking at my life and how can I get to Japan or other countries? Only as a tourist, paying only $2000 for a plain ticket. 

That's why I'm asking...are you happy?

March 14, 2017

Hi TestUser

Learning vocabulary and grammar is usually enough to travel and visit cities as a tourist.

But for work, one's second language (the language of the workplace or the language used to communicate with customers) must be better and should have very few grammar mistakes. When the grammar is not good enough, a lot of confusion could result and that means that the company or the customer may have problems (especially problems that cause finacial losses).

I have travelled to many countries and in almost every country the people can speak/understand some English. 
If not, then I can always find a translator or use a Phrase book or even an applicaton.

Hope this answers your question.

March 14, 2017