Friday, December 7, 2012

Working as an English Teacher Overseas

English has become a tool for international communication in science, business and art. To meet this increase in use, many graduates have taken a step to move abroad to teach English as a foreign language. In many countries there is still a huge demand for English teachers. So how can you become ELT (English teacher)?

How do I qualify to become a teacher?

Teaching English as a foreign language can be a difficult area to work. Good training is indispensable support if you want to succeed in this field. The most common qualifications are TESOL (Teaching English speakers of other languages), TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and CELTA (Cambridge English Language Teaching Award). These courses vary in length, but most respectable among them will be at least 120 hours and include some teaching experience in the classroom. Another popular choice is "Weekend TEFL diploma" or short TEFL course. These qualifications, although many often do not require the same respect and long-term rates.

Total visa requirement (especially in countries like Japan and Korea) that the applicant has a bachelor's degree. It does not particularly matter what discipline level, but language and degrees will always be more impressive if you plan to teach English.

If you are a graduate or have teaching experience, other qualifications may be considered, a Master's degree in TESOL, which is very well known time in teaching English abroad.


Teaching English has many benefits and advantages, at least reward that, in terms of country living and teaching in can really be very high. One of the biggest perks of teaching English is that you will be living and working abroad. For many English teachers, this experience was very enjoyable and rewarding. Opportunity to learn a new language is another perk of teaching abroad, many people find it very rewarding. Efforts and impartiality required to really take advantage of the international nature of the work can open new opportunities to improve skills that are valued by employers.

How can I get a job abroad?

Although a lot of work in many countries around the world, filtering through inferior ads can be time consuming. "First," says John, who teaches English in Asia, "I spent hours searching the Internet for a perfect teaching position, but soon found myself circling and that some of the ads are obviously of dubious character." Although that other organizations have been created to help those who want to teach English as a JET scheme in Japan and English teachers of the British Council program with instructors in 18 countries (see "Links" below) . If you are applying for a position with organization criteria is usually quite clearly defined. Many basic training positions are open to applications from people who have no experience in teaching. Another option is to take a voluntary placement. These are not paid positions are mostly in African and South American countries. Organizations such as VSO often advertise vacancies for volunteer teachers.

What to Avoid ?

The Internet is full of horror stories of people who have gone on TEFL positions, against and voluntarily, only to be severely disappointed by the reality of the situation. In any organization, you can connect to verify their authenticity and background as thoroughly as you can, whether it is an organization that places teachers in relation to school, or contact us directly with educational institutions. Also, read any contract that is given to sign. Many teachers have been deceived by false and contracts that are too binding. With a little common sense and intelligent research these unscrupulous organizations can be avoided completely.

What to look for ?

Despite the explosion of such criminal institutions, finding work as an English teacher abroad can be done. Examine carefully the place where you want to go. Post comments about TEFL forums to see what others have to say about the place you want to learn. Also, some studies conducted in the typical salary for a teacher in the district. If you are looking for accommodation in China, for example, there is a big difference between working in the center of the village in Shanghai and Guangzhou. Another criterion should be aware of is the type of English will be teaching. Technical English for business people? Or ABC is for boys and girls?

Wherever you want to learn, you will find lots of information online. Do some research and be clear about where you want to go and what you want to do. Above all, do not lose your enthusiasm for teaching and traveling.


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