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Old 10-31-2013, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Dividing time between Massachusetts, Virginia, and Québec
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I'm looking to teach English as a Second Language in Montreal. I've recently certified through CELTA as an ESL teacher and have years of experience as a French teacher in the USA. As an American, I've been told I need to have a job offer first, then apply for the work permit. I have a BA in Education, a Master's in French and Francophone Studies, much experience in Québec and a passion for its culture and people. Anyone been through this process or know how it works?
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Aliss????
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Moose Jaw, in between the Moose's butt and nose.
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There's even a demand for ESL teachers in the Montreal Metro area? Weird.
Maybe 1/2 an hour outside of the city, but anything less than?
Besides, don't they have to prove that there aren't Canadians who can do the job?
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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Yeah, how is there a demand for this? Anyone could just go to a normal school for free?
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:06 AM
 
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Plenty of ESL jobs in demand for the Montreal area
https://www.google.ca/#q=esl+jobs+montreal&safe=active

now you just need a work permit.
Application to Work in Canada — Work Permits
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:53 AM
 
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I am an ESL teacher here.

Normally an American would never get a permit to work in Canada to teach English.

Fortunately, your ability to speak French means that Quebec immigration would like to hear from you Your degree in education comes with a teaching certificate, correct? I do have one friend here from NY whose teaching certificates transfered just fine. She married a Quebecois though, I don't know any Americans who applied here direct.

You should speak with an immigration lawyer. ESL teachers in public schools with proper education degrees (teacher certificate, not CELTA) are in very high demand (it's called a brevet here). That would be your best route. There is not as much demand for adult learners (CELTA) in terms of immigration. There are, of course, plenty of jobs though. I recently went to a job fair in a lovely little town called St Bruno and there was about 800 people. He went around the lineup calling out anyone who was certified to teach English, to go in a separate urgent line. lol!
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:54 AM
 
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There's even a demand for ESL teachers in the Montreal Metro area? Weird.
Maybe 1/2 an hour outside of the city, but anything less than?
Besides, don't they have to prove that there aren't Canadians who can do the job?
I recently sent out applications to teach ESL and got a call back on every single resume sent. The demand here is huge, even in the Montreal metro area. There aren't enough teachers who are actually qualified with a related education degree/TESL certificate. There are plenty of anglos in Montreal but not ones that are qualified to teach the language.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Dividing time between Massachusetts, Virginia, and Québec
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Thank you for sharing your knowledge!
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:27 AM
 
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I entered the thread to warn you but after I read your qualifications, I changed my mind. You will have no problem finding work. There are scores of foreigners in Montreal from countries where they speak NEITHER French nor English. If you are fluent and trained in both, you will be busy with work.

Consider contacting Berlitz directly in addition to other language schools. I have an acquaintance who worked for them for a while.

Also, take the evaluation on the Quebec immigration site to find out how many "points" you have. If you have a significant other in Quebec and if you are a certain age it will be easier for you than for other people.

I love Montreal, too! Good luck!
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Old 11-17-2013, 05:37 PM
 
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Thank you so much!
I'm encouraged.
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