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Teaching English Abroad

Thanks to the process of globalization, English has nowadays become one of the most widespread languages, with more and more people eager to either start learning it or perfect their already acquired skills. This translates into the fact that numerous job opportunities for teaching abroad are now open for English natives. The best thing about it? You get to see the world while earning a decent living.

Classroom-photo by Miljan (www.sxc.hu)A bachelor’s degree is required for most broad job opportunities. In addition, you should also consider obtaining a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) certificate before applying for jobs. These credentials will considerably increase your chances of getting hired. However, if you would prefer teaching English in a higher education institution, a master’s degree is also necessary.

You can acquire the above-mentioned certificates by joining a specialized course, attending the classes, and passing a final exam. You will have to pay for the training courses yourself, but other expenses, such as flight fares, accommodation, and sometimes meals are typically covered by the institution that hires you. Nonetheless, make sure to inquire about this particular aspect early on, so as not to have any unpleasant surprises.  

The vast majority of English teaching programmes are organised in countries where English is not an official language. Typically, your job will involve working with children and adolescents in educational institutions, but you might be able to find classes for adults as well. Contract lengths can vary quite a lot, but they frequently last between one and six months.

The application process will vary from one country to another, so you will have to inquire about any particular requirements on your own. Nonetheless, the process usually involves sending in your resume, complete with a cover letter where you can also state why you would be interested in teaching English in a foreign country. If you have any references, such as from your own teachers or maybe your academic adviser, it would be a great idea to include them as well. If your application is good enough, you will probably be asked to pass an interview, either on the phone or via an online video communication method, such as Skype. You might also be asked to provide proof of a clean criminal record. Past experience in teaching is not always necessary, so don’t worry that you will not be hired if you have just graduated.

You can even find a job in English-speaking countries, but options in these nations are somewhat limited as most employment opportunities will revolve around summer immersion programmes. With this type of positions, apart from conducting the language classes, you will also be in charge with planning various activities, such as field trips or sporting events.

Alternatively, you also have the option of looking for business English classes, as these types of positions tend to be more highly paid. Basically, business English classes are organised on-site, in a variety of workplaces, worldwide.

 

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