Published: 12 October, 2018  |  Last updated: 06 January, 2020

Teaching English in Munich, Germany


Report submitted on 05 Nov, 2017 by Elidgh.

Teaching English in Munich, Germany:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Munich, Germany?
Join Melta, the English language teaching association. Jobs are advertised on their website and there are plenty of networking opportunities. The Volkshochschule ( Adult Education Centre) has plenty of teaching opportunities and there are many private language institutions and firms looking for English teachers.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Part time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools, teaching at colleges / universities, teaching at companies, teaching at community centers, etc., private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.)

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
Celta, Tesol or similar. In kindergartens native speaker level is sufficient.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Celta or Tesol or similar.

What are the levels of payment?
Between 20 and 60 Euros (approx. 23 – 69,50 US$) per hour.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
As many as you are willing to do. days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
As many as you are willing to do. hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
Most Esl teachers are self employed. If you are lucky to get a permanent position then 6 weeks holiday is normal.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Munich, Germany to teach English?
It`s difficult to find a full time job teaching adults but there are plenty of part time opportunities. Full time opportunities can be found in bilingual kindergartens but the pay isn`t very good as you have to have a German qualification to get the top rate. Finding accommodation is difficult because of the high cost of renting.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Munich, Germany?
Germans are very keen to have native speakers as teachers and the job carries status.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Munich, Germany?
Lack of full time jobs.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Germans are perfectionists. They like to be taught from a textbook and their aim is to speak perfect English. They get annoyed when you don`t correct every mistake. They prefer traditional teaching methods and can be hard to motivate when you introduce new ideas.


Living in Munich, Germany:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Germany?
For members of EU states there are no requirements but other nationalities may require a visa and certificate of residence.

What is the cost of living like in Germany?
More expensive than the States but less expensive than the UK. Renting an apartment in Munich is very expensive and health insurance is mandatory.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Most people rent. Accommodation can be found through newspapers and estate agents.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Munich, Germany?
Munich is a beautiful city with lots of cultural and traditional events. There`s always something going on and you are only a few hours from the alps.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Munich, Germany?
Germans can be quite reserved so it can be hard to get to know them and the bureaucracy is horrendous!

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
Make sure you can afford to live in Munich and make sure you have your paperwork in order. There`s a lot of bureaucracy to get through before you can be considered eligible to live and work in Germany.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Germany?
The friendliness and humour of the Scots. Some foodstuffs. British Tv.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
The good weather. How safe the city of Munich is. A huge selection of bread.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
You can get everything you need in Germany.


About Me and My Work:

My Name: Elidgh

Nationality: British

Students I’ve taught in Germany: toddlers (2-4 years), pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), adults, business

Where I teach: St Franziskus , VHS Haar in Munich. Teaching for 25 years.

How I found my current jobs: Through Melta (Munich English Language Teaching Association.

My school facilities: Good. Teaching resources.

What kind of teacher support is available at your school/s?: training / workshops

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