Updated January 2016
It’s no surprise that Italy is such a popular destination for TEFL teachers. Full of glamorous cities and a romantic countryside, the fact that English is in great demand is simply an added incentive for TEFL teachers to search for opporunities in Italy.
- Term times – The academic year in Italy is made up of two semesters. The first semester starts in September and ends in February. The second semester starts in February and ends in June.
- Currency – EURO (EUR)
- Language – Italian
- Types of TEFL positions on offer – International Language Schools. Government Schools, Private Schools, Private Tutoring, Summer Camps
- Expected salary for EFL Teachers in Italy – Salaries vary greatly depending on the type of school, location etc however a typical salary for a full-time position is approx £1000 GBP per month. Teaching Business English can be very lucrative and private tutoring is a great way to make extra money. Salaries tend to be higher in northern Italy than in the south.
- Popular destinations for TEFL Jobs in Italy – Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence, Naples, Bologna, Sicily, Sardinia, Adriatic Coast
TEFL in Italy
Many students in Italy receive less than adequate English tuition at school and seek to supplement this with private tuition. This is where you and your TEFL skills come in! As well as good opportunities to teach young learners there is also a demand for Business English to be taught to adults looking to improve their job prospects by obtaining English fluency. There are also an increasing number of language schools, and summer camps are always a popular option for first time or young TEFL teachers. TEFL teachers will usually be expected to interview in person once they arrive in Italy.
Italian students of English are generally quite friendly, if perhaps lacking a little motivation. The pay for teaching English in Italy is good and should allow you to live quite comfortably. Although your contract will vary depending where you are teaching, schools typically offer around 20-25 hours of teaching per week, leaving you plenty of time to go out and explore! The most opportunities for TEFL jobs are in an around the major cities such as Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence and Naples.
Culture, history and cuisine all contribute to making Italy such a desirable place to teach but this also makes it a more competitive environment to secure a TEFL Job. To give yourself the best chance at securing a TEFL job in Italy you will need to get an official TEFL Org qualification. 120 hours of TEFL training is a minimum requirement but the more hours of TEFL training you have, the more your certificate will be worth.
With a population of over 60 million and growing, there has never been a better time for both TEFL teachers and learners in the area. Whether you want to stay in the beating heart of Rome, or branch out into the surrounding countryside, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to use your skills and build your TEFL career.
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