The Beginner’s Guide to Teaching English Abroad

7 June 2013

If you are thinking about teaching English abroad but don’t know where to start or even what’s what – our quick guide is here to help explain everything and get you ready to start your very own TEFL journey.

What is TEFL?

TEFL refers to teaching English as a foreign language and is usually done abroad although can also be done here in the UK, of course the demand is not nearly as high it being a native English speaking country.

You don’t need any previous teaching experience; all you need to take one of our accredited TEFL courses is English to a native level and lots of enthusiasm! You don’t even need to be able to speak another language; a TEFL certificate will give you all the skills you need to teach English to students of any age and any ability.

Why do people TEFL?

TEFL attracts people from all sorts of backgrounds for a variety of reasons. Some people use TEFL as a way of earning money on their gap year whereas others turn it into a full time career. With its obvious travel benefits, TEFL it is a great way to see the world and experience living in a community and new culture in a way that you would not be able to as a tourist. It is a great way to give something back and make a difference to the lives of those you have never met. Finally, on a personal level it will also help build your confidence, allow you to experience new things and boost your CV and employability.

Where can I TEFL?

Nearly anywhere in the world, such is the demand for Native English teachers. The importance of learning English has become a worldwide phenomenon, which is great news for the TEFL teacher! If you have a degree then your options are abundant. If you don’t have a degree you can certainly still work in many locations although in some places such as Japan or South Korea you might find it difficult to get the correct working visa.

Find out where you can teach English abroad: TEFL Jobs Centre

How can I start TEFLing?

The best thing to do is book on to one of our accredited TEFL courses. We recommend taking at least 120 hours of TEFL training as this will make you eligible for the widest range of TEFL jobs. Our Classroom courses run at various locations throughout the UK all year round and the online part of the course can be completed at your own leisure within six months of the course start date.

Find out more about our TEFL Course options.

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