I am a Romanian teacher of English, obviously non-NEST!
I have been learning/studying English for 35 years now and teaching it for 25 years. Over the years, I taught English to pupils and students from K to 12 and adults. I obtained all the degrees in teaching that count in Romania and have no meaning for the rest of the world.
I have always been a titular teacher (as opposed to substitute); for those who may not know, in Romania this means that a titular teacher is hired and can work in one school until retirement or until s/he decides to transfer to another school or to give up the teaching career. A substitute teacher is hired for only one school year and needs to find a teaching job every year. If you’re wondering why being a titular teacher would be something worth mentioning in a teacher’s life story, let me remind you we’re speaking about Romania… I don’t think this detail would be of any significance anywhere else in the world.
Between September 2007 and August 2009 I was a school inspector for English and German (a language I don’t really speak) with the County School Inspectorate which is subordinated to the Ministry of Education and coordinates the teaching activity of all the teachers of all subjects all over the county. As a school inspector, I was responsible with the English and German languages and with how they’re taught in all types of education provided in Romania: general, technological, vocational, ongoing and post graduation, adult etc. The job description involved organising, monitoring, supervising and inspecting the activity of about 325 teachers of English and 21 teachers of German all over the county. Did I have a say in hiring or firing teachers? Of course not!
Starting September 1st 2009, I’m back in my school, ready to start full-time teaching again! What’s changed? My views on teaching! There’s more to come on this…