3 Things You Probably Don't Know About
Teaching English Overseas
To learn 3 things you probably don’t know about teaching English
overseas, read this short article.
If you're dreaming of a career where you can see the world and truly make a difference,
you need to take a serious look at teaching English overseas. While you may know some
of the basics about how these jobs work, there are 3 things you might not know:
1. You don't need formal teaching experience
Even though you'll be considered an English teacher to your students, you don't need a
special teaching degree -- or even a college degree, although a degree is preferred -- to
get one of these jobs! Instead, you need your TEFL certification.
How do you get it?
You have to take a 150-hour course (130 hours are in the classroom and 20 hours are
hands-on student teaching) from an accredited program. Once you pass, your
certification never expires -- meaning you can teach English all over the world for as
long as you want, without having to take any kind of continuing education courses.
2. The job market is totally different than the one here at home
If you don't want to get caught up in the pink slips that are plaguing all of your friends
here at home, teaching English overseas is a great way to get around them! There is
such a demand for TEFL professionals that you should have no trouble finding a job.
And, in order to make things even easier, a good TEFL course will offer lifetime job
3. You don't have to head to a big city
When you hear the words "Teach English abroad", you probably think of a bustling
city somewhere on the other side of the world, where everyone wants to learn English so
that they can advance their own career objectives. That's certainly the case for many of
However, that's not why all of them want to learn English.
There are also plenty of people who want to learn English for other reasons -- like being
able to watch English TV shows and movies, or being able to sing along with English
songs, or for the sheer enjoyment of learning something new. And, in many cases, these
people live outside the hustle and bustle of a big city -- meaning there are plenty of
teaching opportunities in suburban and rural areas.
For some teachers, they wouldn't have it any other way! By getting out of the big cities
they can learn more about their country. They can get more of a small-town feel and
learn just as much from their students as their students learn from them.
So, if the thought of heading to a giant, unfamiliar city scares you, don't let that stop you
from pursuing a career teaching English overseas. There’s a lot to be said for small