Ten things you didn’t know about TEFL

14 November 2013

1. TEFL is not just for young people

We’re seeing increasing numbers of people who fancy taking some time out, or taking a career break or simply looking to do some travelling they didn’t get a chance to do when they were younger. It is also a great opportunity for any expats wanting to supplement their income a little while living abroad.

2. It’s a great way for those who may be slightly older to get paid work abroad

Those who are slightly more mature might become quite restricted in employment options overseas. TEFL has a wide range of opportunities, though – so this problem may not be so problematic!

3. TEFL can fit anyone’s schedule

Online courses, being taught in the classroom, a combination of both – it’s up to you. For online courses you’ll get up to 6 months to work through it at your own pace, perfect for those who may currently be leading a pretty hectic lifestyle. Jobs vary greatly as well; you may find work for a whole academic year in a school or you may just spend a few weeks helping out with a summer school.

4. TEFL courses are not all equal

They vary in intensity, cost, type of learning and duration. This allows you to choose one that best suits your budget and timescale.

5. You definitely don’t need to speak a foreign language!

The whole reason that institutions abroad want native English speakers is because it’s what they want used, all the time, in the classroom! Knowing a bit of the local language is helpful in a social setting, but certainly isn’t necessary for teaching English. Often you’ll get a local teacher helping out in class, and they can interpret if it’s essential.

6. TEFL isn’t just about teaching children

Many TEFL teachers do work abroad in nurseries, kindergartens and primary schools, but there is also a huge demand for TEFL teachers in university or higher education institutions, as well as in an organisational setting. Teaching business English is becoming increasingly popular, especially in the Far East. Where and who you teach all depends on what you’d enjoy most!

7. Learning the English language is of huge significance to students abroad

In many countries, English is seen as key in their economic development and increasing their global presence. Many people want to be able to give themselves a better future for themselves and their families. It’s especially important in very tourist-orientated communities, too.

8. You won’t be taking local jobs

You’re there to help. Native English speakers are in demand, and locals are therefore unlikely to be suitable for the job. You’ll be assisting local staff, not taking employment away from them.

9. You won’t just be a teacher; you’ll be a student, too

You will learn an incredible amount – not just from your TEFL course – but from your pupils, other teachers, locals and from the culture. You’ll come back with a new outlook on life and will have become more culturally aware.

10. TEFL can help you find a job at home!

This experience, of travelling and teaching abroad, can help you stand out to employers. It’s a valuable way to gain paid work experience, and you’ll develop a wide range of transferrable skills which will aid you greatly in any future jobs!

An amazing experience in all aspects, TEFL is a fantastic travel option – try it! Get TEFL-qualified today!

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