Teaching English Abroad

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The opportunity to teach English abroad exists in most countries where English is not commonly spoken. There are both for-profit and non-profit organizations that help people to find English teaching positions in such countries. Some organizations will accept applicants who do not have a teaching degree or background, so long as they are native English speakers, while others will require at minimum a TEFL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Students of such teachers may be in elementary, middle, or high school.

Peace Corps

  • The U.S. federal government sponsors the Peace Corps program with locations throughout the world. One section of the Peace Corps involves "Education, Youth Outreach, and Community Development," for which volunteers teach English. While the salary might not be as high as compared to other teach-abroad programs, benefits include student loan deferment, funding to help transition back into society, and full medical benefits during service and for up to a year and a half afterward.

Job Postings

  • Websites that post English-teaching positions include teachabroad.com, teachingopportunitiesabroad.com, eslcafe.com, eslworldwide.com, eslint.com, teachabroad.usnews.com, and engish-international.com.
    Do not pay a company to locate an international teaching job for you, as you might become the victim of a scam.
    Understand the position's requirements, including the number of classes per week, the average number of students per class, compensation structure, visa arrangement (to enter the country and work, as well as to travel and return), and housing arrangements.

Considerations

  • Most schools want native English teachers to enhance their faculties. Foreign teachers often are not expected to rigidly teach grammar, spelling, and reading. Instead, foreign teachers emphasize conversational English and work to strengthen students' confidence with speaking and listening in English. Teachers should realize that even high-school students who have taken several years of English are not likely to be fluent. A typical class will have students at all levels of skill, thus a clear challenge will be to develop a curriculum that engages all students.

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