There are many opportunities for teaching English abroad that are open to anybody who is able to speak English fluently. Whether you have a teaching degree or a certificate in English language teaching you can find work almost anywhere in the world.
This article looks at two options for people who want to teach English abroad including private language schools and teaching English abroad in International Schools. To learn more about the Reasons You Should Move to Singapore – News Watchers.
International Schools International schools are elementary, middle and high schools for expatriate children whose families live abroad. There are international schools that offer an American curriculum, those that offer a British curriculum and many more. The language of instruction in most international schools is English but many of the students have English as a second or third language, and so most international schools have teachers who support these students by teaching them English language.
Teaching English abroad in international schools can be done with the same qualifications that are required for teaching in a private language school however you will be competing with people who have teaching diplomas. With over 4000 international schools worldwide, there are many positions vacant every year.
Teaching in an international school often offers better pay and more benefits than teaching in a private language school. Some benefits you are likely to receive teaching in an international school are annual flights, accommodation allowance, medical insurance and, free tuition for your children in the school.
International schools follow the regular school year, so you will only be teaching for around 200 days, and you will be paid for your vacation time, unlike private language school where you will receive 3-4 weeks holiday in a 12 month contract.
Private Language Schools Teaching positions in private language schools are easy to secure. English language tuition is a growth business in many areas of the world, in particular in Eastern Europe and throughout Asia.
In order to teach English in a private language school you need to be able to speak English fluently and have a certificate from either Trinity or RSA CELTA. These courses are around 4 weeks long and can even be completed online. Some language schools will hire native English speakers who do not have any ESL qualification, but usually these schools are not as reputable as those that insist their teachers have the appropriate qualifications.
You will need a Bachelor’s degree in certain countries to be considered for a working permit. You will see if you don’t have one, as you may end up working unlawfully abroad. Your degree typically does not have to go to education in any subject.
The idea that you know the local culture of your students and see how they develop in a private language school can be satisfying. You would typically have 12-20 students in a mix of classrooms and private lessons where only one or two students are taught.
Across Asia you are able to find English at any moment, but in Europe, from early autumn in September to early summer in June or July most of the contracts are agreed.
I suggest that you try and focus on achieving an overseas role in an international school because the salary and benefits are great and you get more breaks too, having taught English in both private language schools and having worked in international schools.