ESL Teaching Guide - Greece
Female Teacher - June 2004
I've been teaching English for nine years in different cities of northern Greece.I'm currently teaching English in a primary school in Edessa, Pella.(it's a town near Thessaloniki) but I'm not going to work there any more from this September on.
The positive aspects are not many as far as the teaching material is concerned.The state school books are not fun to work with and we teachers are striving to make them more interesting to our pupils. Nevertheless the children are happy to have English classes and play games through activities in between their Greek lessons.
Barry Swinson - May 2004
Greece is a favourite option for young teachers just starting out on their teaching career. It is very easy to get in touch with agencies (in London, for example) which sort out teachers for the frontisteri which are the Greek private language schools. You will find yourself teaching kids who come to do private English classes straight after school so most of the work is 3-8pm and with kids between 12 and 17 years old.
The attitude of the students depends a lot on how good the school is. Each Greek town will have its good, expensive schools and its poor, cheap ones. You don't need me to tell you where the better behaved students will be. The fact that not many frontisteri hire mother-tongue teachers means any native speakers going to work there should find themselves in the higher end of the market.
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