Our beginners’ guide to TEFL

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. It is possible to work in a private capacity as a TEFL teacher here in Ireland but demand is not nearly as high it being a native English speaking country.

For most job opportunities you don’t need any previous teaching experience; what you will need is to take an accredited TEFL course speak English to a native level and have lots of enthusiasm!  A TEFL certificate will give you the skills you need to teach English to students of any age and any ability. You don’t even need to be able to speak the local language as all lessons are through English.

If you already have a teaching qualification or teaching experience there are lots of job opportunities and you will also need to complete less hours of TEFL study

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 after college, some for summer camp work, some as a new career option and 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 TEFL teachers who speak English to a native level standard. 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, mainly in Europe and South America,  although in some locations 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. If you are new to teaching 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 Ireland 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. Start that adventure today!

Find out more about our TEFL Course options.

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