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October 05, 2007

Teaching Spots-Marrakesh

Hello Readers,

Have you ever wanted to explore northern Africa? How about the "Red City" or "The Land of God", otherwise known as Marrakesh, the second largest city in Morocco? Set in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh not only has the largest market (or souk) in all of Morocco, but it also has the largest square in all of Africa.

While the official language of Morocco is Arabic and the de facto language is French, there are millions of people...

...trying to learn English as an additional language, which means there should be plenty of work for ESL teachers.

If you're interested in working in Marrakesh, the most famous school to check out would be the American Language Center at: marrakesh.aca.org.ma.

Requirements for teaching there include being from an English-speaking country, having a TEFL certificate, holding an undergraduate degree and possibly a master's degree, being under 59 years old at the time of applying, and ideally having some knowledge of French or Arabic. According to their website, teachers work 20-25 hours per week and are given enough money to live comfortably. Other benefits include 80% of health care charges, free Arabic lessons, accommodation, and a travel allowance for those who are hired from abroad.

If you're looking at working in another city in Morocco, here are a list of schools and websites:

American Academy www.americanacademy-casablanca.org
American Language Center casablanca.aca.org.ma
Amideast Morocco www.amideast.org/morocco
British Center www.etudiant.ma/british_lang.htm
British Council Morocco www.britishcouncil.org/morocco
Business and Professional English Center - BPEC www.bpec-english.com
Calliope www.calliope.ma
Casablanca American School www.cas.ac.ma
George Washington Academy www.gwa.ac.ma
Lingua plus www.linguaplus.ac.ma
Pigier Maroc www.maroc.pigier.com

American Language Institute
Amicitia American School of Fes americanschoolfes.org

Al Akhawayn University aui.ma

American Language Center www.alcrabat.org
Amideast Morocco www.amideast.org/offices/morocco
British Council Morocco www.britishcouncil.org/morocco
International Language Lab Center www.languagelabcenter.blogspot.com
Language Lab www.languagelab.ma
Proformation www.proformation.fr
Rabat American School www.ras.edu.ac.ma

Lingua plus www.linguaplus.ac.ma

English College of Tangier Chams School www.englishcollege.ma
The American School of Tangier www.as-t.org

English Language Institute of Tetouan www.elitetouan.net

Do you have experience living or working in Morocco? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments section below.

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a Head teacher, an Education Manager, and a Material Development Manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in Reading, England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at October 5, 2007 02:27 PM

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Wouldn't you know we're riding on the Marrakesh Express? I'd love to teach in Africa someday!

Posted by: ray at October 11, 2007 12:55 AM

Yes, to explore Morocco is my dream and I'll do it soon. I know that Morocco offers a rich diversity of landscapes. Here you will gaze at snow-capped mountains, empty deserts and coastal plains that stretch to the horizon. Each city is a facet of an incredibly different and unique culture: Fez tipically Arab, Marrakesh completely Berber, Casablanca with European and Tangier plainly cosmopolitan. Marrakech is home to the largest traditional market in Morocco and the busiest square on the entire continent. Marrakech is an enchanted place where time can still when you want it to while being minutes from the most modern amenities. Marrakech has a vibrant community of discerning European expatriates.

Posted by: Marrakech property at October 26, 2007 09:36 AM

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