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Teaching English In Greece
There is some demand for teaching English as a foreign language in Greece and there are a number of opportunities for jobs teaching English, both regular full time and part-time employment. Learn about teacher training, pay and conditions for jobs teaching English in Greece in this guide.
- In Greece there are many "frontistiria" (private language schools. Singular ‘frontistirio') and many Greek school children attend one after school hours. Native English speakers may find work teaching English either in frontistiria or by giving private English lessons to pupils. Frontistiria are open during the school year, September to June, and usually close for 2/3 months in the summer.
- A Presidential Decree signed in 1997 made it possible for European Union Nationals to be generally employed in and also open Foreign Language Frontistiria. Officially EU citizens need a university degree to open or teach in a 'frontistiro' language school. Another, more recently enforced, requirement for all non-Greek nationals teaching English in Greece is to demonstrate fluency in the Greek language in order to obtain a teaching licence, however some language schools will employ you without a degree or teaching licence (particularly in the islands).
- A TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign language) or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate is also very useful and can improve your chances of getting a job teaching English but, perhaps more importantly, you will learn how to teach English as a foreign language... which will include brushing up on your English grammar (can you distinguish the present perfect simple tense from the present perfect continuous?).
- TEFL / TESOL courses can be taken online as well as at many centres throughout the world, including the UK and Greece. There are both full courses and the shorter introduction courses, some of which include classroom teaching experience. You can even take an online course and then gain experience with practice teaching in Greece if you wish, before taking on a job teaching English.
- The vast majority of students who study English in Greece do so to gain qualifications - Cambridge or Michigan, usually the First Certificate ('Lower') and Proficiency levels - with the emphasis on written work, comprehension and grammar, so teachers need to be confident in their ability to teach English at a high level.
- More information on teaching in English in Greece, as well as a list of private language schools in Greece, can be obtained from the Panhellenic Association of Language School Owners (PALSO) : P.A.L.S.O (Panhellenic Federation of Language School Owners). Likavitou 2 Athens 10671 Tel.: 0030 210 3640792 Website: http://www.palso.gr/
- PALSO have local offices in all the major towns across Greece and the Greek Islands. Although PALSO is not an employer, their offices hold lists of vacancies in local language schools so if you have a preference to teach in a certain area or island you can contact the local PALSO in that area for details. You can also email your CV to the local PALSO office, or visit their office and post your CV on their notice boards, so that Language School Owners looking for English teachers can find your details.
- Teaching jobs in Greece are sometimes advertised on the internet and in local Greek newspapers, usually in May/June and then again August/September, before the start of the school year for positions which have not been filled. There are very few vacancies at other times of the year, but occasionally teachers leave mid year or mid term and vacancies may arise.
- Non EU Citizens require a work permit to teach, which must be obtained in advance. Many language schools prefer to employ EU citizens as there is less red tape involved.
Students in Greece attend private language school frontistiria after school hours so the majority of teaching English jobs are in the afternoon and evening hours. It is normal for students to take English classes up to 10.30 pm at night. Usual frontistiro hours are from around 3.00 p.m. until 10.30 p.m. so you are most likely to be working in the evenings.
Pay & Conditions for Teaching English in Greece
The minimum wage in Greece is around 520 euros net per month. Check out the working conditions/ hours before accepting a position.
Many English teachers supplement their income with private lessons which are more lucrative, although the austerity squeeze on Greece's economy means that parents are unable to pay high rates per hour. Once you are established in a language school you may find that some students require extra lessons at home so make it known that you are available. Word of mouth amongst parents then often leads to more private students.
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