TESOL Jobs TEFL/TESL
Year Introduction | Language
Study Abroad | Paid
Work Abroad | Gap Year Organisations
spend your Gap Year doing TESOL jobs abroad?
TESOL = Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; also know as TEFL/TESL
is the most spoken language in the world and the language of choice
for international politics, business, science, travel and many
other areas, so is considered the most important foreign language
in most countries - giving native speakers worldwide travel opportunities
as English teachers.
you will not get work paid at a reasonable rate if you are under twenty one
years old, without a degree or language teaching
experience or qualifications. Graduates stand a better chance of gaining
as a 'Foreign' or 'Second' Language?
the United Kingdom the term 'Teaching English as a Foreign Language'
or 'TEFL' is used broadly.
In the United States of America the term 'Teaching English as
a Second Language' or 'TESL' is used broadly.
The term 'Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages' or
'TESOL' is in use on both sides of the Atlantic and is more accurate
though it may be used to describe teaching English to immigrants IN Britain, not
Other less common abbreviations are EAL (English as an Additional
Language) and ELT (English language Teaching.
Forget this avenue until you are established somewhere,
with some experience and contacts. The best students will
always come through personal contact rather than advertisements and may well become good friends too.
needed for TESOL Jobs Abroad:
qualifications are required for most paid jobs, with a teaching
Diploma or Certificate in addition to a degree of some sort.
For voluntary jobs, only the most basic courses - perhaps not
leading to an internationally recognised certificate - are really
necessary and could be as short as one month part time, but it's safest to only pay for courses which come with job placement or help to
n.b. being a good TESOL teacher is more about being lively,
interesting and communicative than being super smart.
from various accredited institutions around the world and thus
of varying quality.
certificates below are recommended as they have consistent syllabi
and teaching standards.
CELTA (University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate Certificate
in English Language Teaching to Adults) - more
Cert TESOL (Trinity College Certificate in Teaching
English to Speakers of Other Languages) - more
TESOL Certificate (School for International Training Teaching English to Speakers
of Other Languages Certificate) - more
the certificates above the quality of courses may vary considerably,
however Diplomas when accredited properly cover the subject more
broadly and are a step up before a full Degree or Masters Degree
that if you have one of the more highly regarded certificates
under your belt, you will always have something very worthwhile
to show for your Gap which you could use again in the future.
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