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English has become a compulsory language in schools in Italy. Kids from as young as four or five are learning it in Scuola Elementaria. Italians realize how important English has become – and you will often hear it being expressed as a passport to the world.
However, at the moment there is a big learning gap between Scuola Media and Superiore. Most of the Medie are situated in small towns or villages on top of the hills, and the areas all speak their own particular type of dialect. The children are lively and mostly undisciplined but at the same time they are enthusiastic about learning English.
There are some teachers in the Scuole Medie who are very well spoken and trained to a high level to teach English and then there is the other side of the coin-teachers who don’t even understand simple conversation because they haven’t learned English very well themselves. This inconsistency is then carried on through the pupils into Scuola Superiore.
Pupils are now more aware of foreign languages due to TV programmes interviewing UK and USA film and pop stars, nowadays Italian TV adverts are being made with short English phrases as catch lines to their product. Parents have a lot of expectations because speaking English is seen as a “must” for your life and your job
There are teachers from EU countries and North America working all over Italy, both legally & illegally. You almost certainly won’t be paying tax in Italy, but have a look at your contract. Most schools call their teachers “collaborators” which means they’re not obliged to pay tax for them. This is a shame as you get far more contributions in Italy than you do in the UK.
If you’ve been paying tax they will have asked you to get a “libretto di lavoro”. A lot of schools claim that only Italians need them, but this is nonsense: if you’re working under an Italian contract then you have to have one, but they won’t give teachers genuine contracts because it’s a fairly short-term job and and a lot of schools are a bit, shall we say, disreputable.
In Italy when everything shuts between 12.30pm to 3.30pm for siesta (except in some big cities)
There is absolutely no reason not to get paid on time, But if it happens more than once, then think about a new job!
Italy is big on “Methods” eg. The Sandwich Method, which is odd, and very boring to teach, but does often work and you will get training for this within your school it takes a few days!
All schools should require you to get a “codice fiscale” (tax code) even if you are under the table it’s simply to cover their asses in case the tax police come visiting. You are, however, not eligible to get a codice fiscale without a work/student visa or EU passport. However, Italy being Italy, sometimes you can get lucky and find a clerk who will issue one anyway. You will also need a “Permesso di soggiorno document” your school will help you get this as this is your work permit.
What general TEFL teachers work contracts say in Italy: Teaching hours 25 a week max, and you don’t usually get paid for preparation time or meetings, if your contract states more than 25 hours a week, your boss is having a laugh with you and this is not normal!!!
If you do get offered a 1 year contract you are liable for 2 extra months pay, 1 at Christmas and the other in August for your holiday break, this pay is offered to Italians and is the working LAW of Italy, to be paid this by your company, (if they say nothing they are being illegal because all companies know this LAW. (This is also why schools offer only 8-9 month contracts so they don’t have to pay it to you).
There is always the chance that you can find private lessons then you can stay for as long as you like you can charge from €20ph.
TEFL teacher worked in Turin story.
It was an amazing experience. I loved all the time I spent their, Italians are a great laugh, they have the same sarcastic humor as the Brits which helps making the class fun. I started my 1st lesson at 9am for 1 hour then I had to teach until around 1.30pm after which I went home and relaxed until around 6pm. Then I came back to teach again until 10pm. The other teachers had the same hours but we were all spaced out with different teaching times. I didn’t mind it so much as we only lived 7 minutes walk away to work in our free flat. There were 3 English teachers at the school plus an Italian teacher, Russian, French and German all the English teachers shared a big 3 bed apartment. I managed to go home at Christmas for 2 weeks holiday, from saving every month. I got paid 900 Euros and saved about 250 a month. Bills are cheap usually around 30 euros each for all appliances. Food is really cheap a weekly shop including meat was around 30 quid. Bottle of vino is about 1+ euros. A whole Chicken cost about 5 euros from the market. I got all my veg for around 6 euros for everything. We had international TV at work and home by Jade 23, Australian.
“Italy is full of beautiful people and when you live in or leave Italy, you will find yourself becoming more fashion conscious”! You have been warned! Ciao Bella……
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