I worked for Education Queensland as a permanent LOTE teacher, then as a supply teacher between 2000 and 2003.
In January 2011 John Ryan, Director of the Queensland College of Teachers, suggested that LOTE teaching would be a good choice for people who wanted to train for a teaching career.
Robina Cosser comments : as an experienced LOTE teacher, I think there are a few issues that prospective Queensland LOTE teachers should consider -
To become a LOTE teacher you not only have to have teaching qualifications, you also have to pass a LOTE proficiency test.
So you are placing one extra hurdle in your way to becoming a teacher.
And you may love learning languages, but there is no history of language - learning in Queensland.
You may find that you receive VERY little support from parents, teachers and school principals, particularly those who have not travelled and who have little experience of other cultures.
LOTE can be seen as a burden for principals.
I am told that one principal, after a few drinks, stated frankly "I hate LOTE and I hate those f-ck-ng LOTE teachers."
Primary LOTE teachers are particularly vulnerable - a group of primary LOTE teachers will work at the primary schools that feed the High School where a particular LOTE is taught.
But at any moment the High School may choose to change LOTEs - and suddenly all of the primary LOTE teachers will be out of work!
Just imagine if you have made many visits to your LOTE country to build up the school's LOTE resources - all at your own expense - bought a house near to your school - and suddenly you find that your school and all of the nearby schools have abandoned your LOTE.
You may be committed to your LOTE, but your school may really have very little commitment to the LOTE or to you.
Too many teachers chasing too few jobs in Queensland, Carly Hennessy, The Courier-Mail, 9 January 2011 : http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/sunday-mail/too-many-teachers-chasing-too-few-jobs-in-queensland/story-e6frep2f-1225984264798