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Finding TEFL Jobs

Quite simply, articles on the best way to find TEFL jobs around the world. From where to look for work to how to apply and then checking out the contract. Everything you need is here.

Accreditation & TEFL Courses

There is currently NO independent, international board of accreditation or assessment for TEFL certificate providers.

This means that each institute, school, or organization recognizes their own certificate and accreditation comes from good practice, professional standards and reputation.

There are a number of organizations which have been set up nationally. And there are a number of organizations which have been set up by schools as supposedly independent accreditation…


ACTDEC stands for the Accreditation Council for TESOL Distance Education Courses. It is a limited company which accredits TEFL certificate courses.

As of July 2012 they accredit 7 schools with a further 3 schools holding applicant status.
On its website, ACTDEC says it is a “non-profit making independent body” however it is registered with Companies House in the UK as a Limited Company No. 06713832. The registered office…

Age Limits for TEFL Teachers

This article looks at the age limits for TEFL or TESOL teachers around the world (Teachers of English as a Second or Foreign Language).

Unfortunately, as with almost any job, the older you get the more difficult it becomes to start a new career. However thanks to the nature of teaching where a degree of maturity, a certain level of responsibility, along with charisma and patience play…

Am I Old Enough to be a TEFL Teacher?

If you know English well enough, you can theoretically teach English at any age. You can get involved in TEFL‏‎ (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) whenever you want.

On the ICAL TEFL Certificate Course, for example, we have had students from 16 to well into their 80s! But after the course, once the teacher is trained, how easy is it for a…

An Introduction to Teaching English Around the World (TEFL)

This article is a very user-friendly introduction to Teaching English Around the World.

That is, heading off for a year or so to a foreign country and teaching English to people there. Or even staying at home in your own country and teaching English to students who come over to learn the language.

There are many thousands of English teachers right around the world (one estimate…

Apostilles in TEFL

An Apostille is an official stamp or note that guarantees a document is original and genuine. For example, a teacher working in Mexico‏‎ may need to have their degree certificate from home apostilled to prove that it is from an accredited public university.

The regulations regarding apostilles are set out in the Hague Convention. Documents need to be certified in the country where they were issued and they…

Applying as a Couple to Teach English Abroad

It is sometimes the case that two people – partners, friends, a married couple, etc – will want to head abroad and find work together, if possible in the same school.

Our advice is: do NOT apply to work in the same school.

There are several important reasons for this:

There tend to be less jobs for couples than for single teachers. If you…

Background Checks in TEFL

You want to teach English. And you’re not a hardened criminal, right?

Of course not! But you may well need to prove this last fact to get a job.

Many countries (though not all) ask prospective teachers to provide a valid Background Check when they apply for a teaching job. This is simply an official document from your home country saying that you have never killed…

Backpacker Teachers in TEFL

Backpacker Teachers is a derogatory term for unqualified, casual teachers who take on a job teaching English‏‎ because they happen to speak English and need the money while they are, generally, backpacking around a country.
Some 30 years ago there was a tremendous, new demand for English teachers to work in various countries around the world. There were simply more posts to fill than qualified teachers to…


Berlitz is the brand name of a well-known chain of English language schools.

From its humble beginnings in Rhode Island in 1878, the company has become a global corporation with both company-owned and franchised locations in more than 70 countries, and revenues of hundreds of millions of US dollars.
What It’s All About
All Berlitz language schools use the “The Berlitz Method”. This teaching method is a natural approach…

Beware of TEFL Scams

As in all industries there are, unfortunately, TEFL scams, too which prey on English teachers wanting to go abroad and teach.

Whilst there are marvelously run English language schools, scrupulous recruitment agents‏‎ and genuine TEFL course providers, there are also, unfortunately, ones to avoid.

Most teachers won’t come across TEFL‏‎ scams through their entire career, but just in case you are thinking that something doesn’t sound quite right…

Business Cards for English Teachers

If you are thinking of visiting a school in person to find work or maybe looking out for a few private lessons to supplement your income, it’s well worth getting a few business cards printed up for yourself.

These days it costs very little (or even nothing) to have cards printed online and they’re delivered almost anywhere in the world.

The card can look something like the facsimile…

Can You Teach English Abroad Without a Degree?

The idea of teaching English abroad without a degree comes up often. This article looks at different aspects of this and ways in which teachers without a degree can find work.

For most countries the basic qualifications to teach English are a degree and a TEFL Certificate.

The degree is usually required for visa purposes and in many countries you can only find teaching work if you have a visa, and you…

Careers in Teaching English

Careers in TEFL or TESOL are common. Many teachers start out in TEFL‏‎ as entry-level teachers in small schools around the world; some will stay a few years before going home and moving into a different field, but others will move on in TEFL. It is common assumption that TEFL is a stop-gap job, but this is simply not the case and there are many examples of teachers who have had…

Changes to EPIK Requirements

There have been rumors floating around about the recent changes made for any teacher joining the EPIK scheme to teach in South Korea‏‎.

This blog post explains exactly what those changes are and exactly what you need to join EPIK.
What is EPIK?
EPIK is a program run the by the South Korean government to supply English teachers to South Korea.

It’s not the only way to go…

Checking TEFL Teaching Contracts

Teaching Contracts vary considerably; there is a different contract for pretty well every different job so it is impossible to make valid generalisations for contracts.

However, when looking at a contract there are some general guidelines you should consider and things you should check.

The contract should state your duties: teaching contact hours (actually in the classroom in front of students) as well as preparation…

Contact Hours for English Teachers

A contact hour is an hour actually spent in the classroom teaching and working with students. (It is also sometimes ironically referred to as an hour at the chalkface.) Many schools will employ TEFL teachers for, say, between 20 – 30 contact hours per week (this is moderately high; some will be less). Thirty hours is already quite a lot and more than this will mean you are spending too…

Cover Letters for TEFL Job Applications

When you apply for a job teaching English, along with your TEFL/TESOL CV/Résumé you will also need to send a Cover Letter or email.

Remember that the cover letter is the first and best chance to make a good impression so it should be the best you can create. A potential employer will read this and then decide or not if it is worth opening the CV/Résumé…

Culture Shock & Being Homesick

Culture Shock is the term used to describe the anxiety and stress people feel when they relocate to a new environment. It’s most obvious when moving to a new country where habits, customs and language may be very different from the person’s own country.

Culture Shock comes about because of difficulties in assimilating the new culture, uncertainty as to what behaviour is appropriate and what is not…


The DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults) is an advanced qualification run by Cambridge Assessment‏‎ (formerly UCLES) for teachers. It was formerly known as the DTEFLA or the RSA Diploma. The DELTA is for teachers with several years experience teaching; it is regarded as the equivalent to an Masters Degree and is thus ideal for those teachers wishing to advance in the industry. It covers not only advanced teaching methodology…

Disney English‏‎

Disney English is a chain of English schools in China operating under the aegis of the Walt Disney Company in the US. When the first schools opened a number of non-affiliated schools using the Disney name were shut down. The first school opened in Shanghai in 2008 and there are currently 23 schools in all in the country. Disney aims to teach 150,000 children annually by 2015, expanding to 148 schools…

Do I Need To Know Grammar to teach English?

This question is often asked by new or potential TEFL teachers, especially since many schools in the UK and USA‏‎ do not teach grammar‏‎ as a matter of course and many high school graduates will not know a verb‏‎ from a noun.
Can you describe language?

It’s an important question. Grammar describes how a language works and, since you are teaching that language, you should be able…

Do I need to Speak the Local Language to Teach Abroad?

One common question asked by people wanting to teach English abroad is, “Do I need to speak the local language?”
“I’m going to teach English in Korea – do I need to speak Korean?”
“I’m going to teach English in Greece – do I need to speak Greek?”
“I’m going to teach English in Mexico – do I need to speak Spanish?”
“I’m going to teach English in…

Don’t Pay Your Agent!

Another story today of someone who lost a healthy lot of money by paying an agent to find them work… and the agent did nothing.

In today’s Guardian news paper is the sobering story of a teacher who paid to an agency called ESL Job Finder to find them a TEFL job.

And the agency basically won’t refund their money and has done nothing to help.

This is…

DoS – Director of Studies

DoS is an acronym standing for Director of Studies.

The DoS is a member of staff in larger, more professional TEFL schools. They are responsible for administering the academic side of the school which will often mean dealing with teachers and the material used in teaching.

The duties of a DoS vary, but will often include:

managing teachers which will include the hiring &amp…

Essential Qualifications to Teach English

Are you looking for the right kinds of Qualifications to teach English as a Second or Foreign language?

If so, this article is for you. It is the essential guide to TEFL teaching qualifications so you can land a job.
What Do I Need?
That’s the key question. The answer is, however, that there is no single answer.

Some schools ask for one set of qualifications and another…

Expat English Teachers

There are many reasons why people move abroad, but it often happens that someone abroad is looking for work and stumbles over the idea of teaching English. This article is a quick guide for expats thinking about teaching English as a part-time or full-time job while they are abroad.

But first, a quick word on who we are talking about here; that is, the kind of people…

Fake TEFL Certificates‏‎

Fake TEFL or TESOL Certificates are a fact of life.

This article explores why they exist, where they come from, ways in which they are being used and methods by which legitimate companies are combating their use.

(PS click here if you need to get a genuine TEFL Certificate.)
In the past – some twenty or thirty years ago – many teaching jobs were available…

Get Ripped Off to teach in North Korea

You may have seen the ad in today’s press: North Korea has decided it needs to exploit some naive TEFL teachers to work in the country and teach tour guides how to speak to the hordes of visitors the country is expecting sometime in the future.

For this they approached Juche Travel Services (JTS) in the UK who are promoting the idea for them. However, despite insisting…

Homestay TEFL Tutors

Homestay is when students spend time studying at a school abroad but rather than live on campus or in a hostel, stay with a local host family where – it is hoped – they will learn more English. Homestays are most popular in English speaking countries: the UK, US, Australia and so on and many schools offer options to their students to stay with local families while they’re attending lessons…

How To Become a TEFL Teacher

Do you want to teach English abroad?

Quite simply, this this article will tell you how you can become a TEFL teacher abroad.
Speaking English
It’s going to sound obvious, but first, you must speak English‏‎ well. You don’t have to be a native speaker, but an extremely proficient command of English is a must.
Being Qualified
In the old days all you needed was to speak English but now it’s…

How to Choose a Good TEFL Course

The basic and most commonly requested qualification to teach English‏‎ abroad are a degree and a TEFL or TESOL Certificate.

This article explains what they are and how to choose a good Course and Certificate.

The TEFL Certificate is a short course which teaches the basics of teaching English; a typical course will usually cover needs analysis‏‎, how to present material to the class, lesson planning‏‎, classroom…

How to Find English Teaching Jobs Abroad

Once you have the qualifications and you know where you want to teach‏‎, it’s time to find a TEFL job. There are plenty of opportunities out there and this article explores the most common routes to getting work.

It’s not difficult and with the internet now it is far easier than it has ever been before not to mention quicker. So be prepared to start looking on Friday night and…

Ideal English Teachers

What makes an Ideal TEFL/TESOL Teacher? What kind of person is the perfect person to teach English abroad? In some cultures being a good teacher means you are good at teaching and that is it. In other cultures being a good teacher means you are the right age, you are not gay, you never drink and you are of the right religious bent. This article looks at issues facing teachers…

Insurance‏‎ & Health Cover for Teachers Abroad

Insurance/Health Cover is a very important issue, but also a personal one. Some TEFL‏‎ teachers will not travel without, other teachers don’t even think about the idea.

This article looks at different sorts of insurances you might want to consider before heading overseas and teaching. What we present here are common scenarios but you should of course check to make sure of the details about what your school…

International Schools

International Schools are generally schools based in one country but which use a curriculum and teaching methods from another country.

For example, in most countries of the world you will find schools which teach all subjects in English, with British teachers, with a British style uniform, based on British school structure, and which run exams overseen by British exam authorities. These schools – often just one or…

Japan – JET English Teaching Program

The JET program or Japan Exchange and Teaching program is a teaching and exchange program which has been running since 1987.

It allows foreign teachers to come and work in Japan as TEFL teachers. It grew quickly and in 2002 at its peak over 6,000 teachers came to Japan through JET. In 2010 it brought almost 4,500 teachers to Japan. Over 50,000 teachers have passed through the JET system.


Job Interviews‏‎ for TEFL Teachers

TEFL Job Interviews are part and parcel of getting a job as a teacher. This article looks at ways in which you can prepare yourself for them.

Although there are no hard and fast rules on how the interview will happen and the structure, there are some good general principles which will cover you for 90% of the questions you’ll be asked.

Preparation is the key…


There are a couple of main areas of concern regarding LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) people and issues in TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language).

being LGBT in different countries
being an LGBT teacher
LGBT materials

This article looks into each of these areas.
LGBT Teachers & Countries
Of course there are LGBT teachers. However, it is not so much about being an LGBT…

Looking at a TEFL Teaching Job Offer

There are plenty of good TEFL‏‎ or TESOL jobs out there for English teachers. But unfortunately there are also a few slightly questionable jobs. This article looks at what you should look for when applying for a job teaching English.
Look For
Online Comments
When applying for work, make sure you check out the school online. This means searching the net for any kind of comment you can…

Masters Degrees for Teachers of English

The usual qualifications‏‎ for newcomers to TEFL‏‎ are a BA degree and a TEFL certificate such as the ICAL TEFL Certificate. However, after a few years experience, some teachers will want to go for further study. The two main options here are a TEFL Diploma or a Masters Degree (or MA). The MA is considered a higher qualification than a Diploma and is often a requirement for university or college level jobs…

New Opportunities for TEFL Teachers in Cuba

It is only recently that diplomatic relations have been restored between the USA and Cuba and the consequences are already being felt.

Granma, the Communist Party newspaper, reports that teaching English is to become a priority for Cuba in the very near future with schools restarting language programs which were effectively halted in the 1970s when Cuba switched foreign language teaching from English to Russian.


Non-Native Speakers as TEFL Teachers

Can a non-native speaker get work as a TEFL or TESOL teacher?

This usually depends where. If you have the right qualifications then you can pick up work in your home country quite easily. Schools will often employ several local NNS (non-native speakers or those whose Mother Tongue‏‎ isn’t English‏‎) for each NS (native speaker) they employ.

Getting work outside your home country is a little more difficult. If…

Passports‏‎ & English Teachers

Your Passport is arguably the most valuable document you possess whilst living and working abroad and it should be carefully handled. This article offers some good, sensible advice regarding handling and using your passport. As a general rule never send your passport through the post (unless you’re renewing it which you will do via courier anyway) and never leave it with anyone for any time. It’s your property so you…

Pay, Wages, & Salaries in TEFL

While for many of us TEFL is a vocation, we still need to live, but right at the start we need to get something out of the way: whether you call it Pay, Wages, Salary, Stipend or Cash, let’s be honest and say we’re not going to become millionaires by teaching English. In other words, TEFL is not about money, it’s about a great career, living and working in countries…

Personal Safety when Teaching Abroad

Personal Safety is often a concern of teachers heading abroad for the first time. This article looks at the facts about personal safety abroad.
It’s often the case that people think the situation is worse abroad. It’s the fear of the unknown plus strange stories told by a friend of an aunt of the lady next door who went to a foreign land on holiday and had…

PGCE‏‎ or TEFL for Teaching English Abroad

One frequently asked question is this: should I take a PGCE and/or a TEFL Certificate to teach English abroad? This article answers that question and offers the best advice on what you should do when you’re given that choice. It looks at what the PGCE is, how they are seen by schools abroad, and what you can do with it if you want to teach outside the UK. If you…

Preparing to Go Abroad & Teach English

So, you’ve got your qualifications, had your interview and now you’ve been offered a job teaching abroad.

And you suddenly realize that in just a very short time you’ll be climbing aboard an airplane and heading off into the unknown and suddenly you’re thinking, What should I pack? How much money do I have to take with me? Do I need any inoculations?

In other words…

Private English Lessons

Many TEFL teachers rely on private lessons to supplement their income. They often pay more than regular lessons and qualified teachers who offer a professional service can earn a great deal this way. Some, in fact, will stop teaching at a regular school all together and set up as self-employed to teach English.

In most cases private lessons are one-to-one or perhaps one-to-two. But things can get…

Private English Lessons to Businesses‏‎

Many teachers often supplement their income with private lessons or even live on them entirely. However, one lucrative area in this field which is often overlooked by teachers is giving Private Lessons to Businesses.

Although many of the issues involved with private lessons are relevant when teaching business people, there are one or two additional points worth considering. This article looks at how to find private lessons…

Racism in TEFL

Racism in Teaching English does occur to a greater or lesser extent in most countries.

This article looks at racism in TEFL‏‎ outside English speaking countries; this is where it is most prevalent.
Reactions to Foreigners

In many countries foreigners can be the source of interest and speculation and this applies to any new face, regardless of color. This kind of interest can happen in any…

Recreational Drugs & TEFL Teachers

By drugs we are referring to so-called recreational drugs such as cannabis and alcohol etc.

This article looks at traveling with drugs and using them while you are living in a foreign country as a teacher of English.

Note that this article does not discuss the moral issues of using drugs but looks at the practicalities of the situation. The information presented here is true to…

Socializing in a New Country for TEFL Teachers

Moving to a new country or location can often be a daunting experience for people. Not only are you likely to be starting a new job, you’ll probably be surrounded by a completely new culture and with people speaking a completely new language to you.

It’s easy to suffer from culture shock‏‎. However, one of the ways to dive straight in and begin enjoying yourself is to…

South Korea – TALK

TALK or Teach and Learn in Korea is an opportunity for undergraduates who are seeking a personal, professional and educational experience in South Korea. It allows students to spend time in rural locations teaching English. Approximately 500 people take part in the program annually. To be part of the program you need to have at least 2 years of college education and be from one of the 7 major English…

South Korea‏‎ – EPIK English Teaching Program

EPIK (English Program in Korea) is a government sponsored program designed to bring English teachers to work in South Korea. It places over 1,000 teachers in Korea each year. The program was established in 1995 with the aim of improving standards amongst students and to further cultural exchange. The program places teachers in March and September in various locations throughout the country. Some locations are more desirable than others so…

Spain – MoE

The Ministry of Education in Spain offers positions in state schools in Spain to US and Canadian teachers of English. The usual hiring period is from November to March for work beginning in mid-September. Each year about 2,000 American or Canadian teachers take advantage of the program to spend 8 months or so in Spain teaching. In Spanish the position is known as, Auxiliares de Conversación. Note that this program is…

Spain‏‎ – CAPS

CAPS (Conversation Assistant for Spanish Schools) is a privately run program placing teachers in Spain for 3 – 6 months to work as au-pairs and also teaching assistants in primary or secondary schools. Candidates for the programme are: 18 – 27 years old have A levels or equivalent friendly and outgoing The work includes acting as a teaching assistant to primary or secondary school classes for a maximum of 25…

Split Shifts and Teaching English Abroad

Split shifts happen fairly often in schools that teach English. Most commonly it means you have to work for a few hours in the morning, then take a long break, and then start work again in the evening. First you should check your teaching contract before you sign it to see if there is any mention of the timetabled hours you will be required to work at the school (and ask…

Student Loans & English Teachers Abroad

Many new teachers are often recently qualified and have the burden of student loans to pay back. Normally the pay for an entry-level job teaching English is enough for you to live on reasonably well and save a little. But is it enough to pay back your loan? Loans received normally attract very little or no interest rate but do increase with the inflation rate. Many teachers who work overseas can…

Taking Pets with you when Teaching Abroad

Taking Pets Abroad is generally not a good idea when you as a TEFL teacher go away to teach and this article explores when it’s best to leave them behind and then those rare occasions when it’s actually a good idea. Above all, remember that the well-being of your dog, cat or other pet must be your main concern! So, the first thing to do before taking any animal abroad…

Tattoos‏‎ and English Teachers Abroad

The attitude towards teachers with tattoos varies according to country and school. Even in the west where tattoos are fairly common, school owners will often look down on teachers sporting obvious tattoos. In many countries tattoos were often used in the past as signaling membership of a criminal gang (e.g. the Yakuza in Japan or the Mafia in Italy‏‎) and whilst we are more familiar with images of popstars or sports…

Taxation for English Teachers Abroad

Tax for TEFL/TESOL Teachers

Unless you have a lot of money, tax is unavoidable. This article discusses the tax situation for teachers working abroad.

Please note that information here, whilst true to the best of our knowledge, is not legal advice and when dealing with taxes you should seek the help of a qualified tax lawyer or accountant who will make you pay for the privilege of…

Teach and Travel as an English Teacher Abroad

Do you want to travel the world? Experience what other cultures have to offer? Visit the greatest sights on Earth?

Well English teachers working abroad get to do that.

As a teacher you can work right across the world and experience some incredible places and cultures. Quite simply this article explains how many teachers live their lives, teaching and traveling around the world.

And how…

Teaching English Abroad as a Single Parent

This article looks at the practicalities of being a single parent and working as a TEFL teacher abroad with your child living there with you as either a single mother or single father. At first glance it may seem very difficult but there are solutions to many of the problems and it has certainly been done before so it’s by no means impossible to do! Assuming you have the…

Teaching English in your Gap Year

A lot of students take a year off after finishing high school, or during their university studies, and spend the time working or traveling abroad in what is known as a Gap Year.

The idea of warm seas, exotic locations and eye-opening new cultures is difficult to resist and it’s no wonder that many students think that working abroad teaching is a good idea.

However, there…

Teaching English with Volunteer Organizations‏‎

Volunteering to teach English overseas is big business and there are lots of organizations involved in placing teachers around the world. And lots of organizations are getting rich doing this. However, there are also lots of problems. If you’re thinking of volunteering to teach overseas then you need to make sure you go with a reliable and worthwhile Volunteer Organization. This page looks at the only organizations which we can…

Teaching in the EU for Non-Europeans

This article is about restrictions and practices for teachers wanting to teach English in countries belonging to the European Union‏‎ (EU). The most common question on this is one of visas and whether non-EU citizens (Americans, Canadians, Australians, etc) can work in the EU. This is addressed below.
In general, the minimum requirements to teach in an EU country in terms of academic qualifications are a degree and a TEFL…

TEFL Employment Agents‏‎ (Recruiters)

This article is all about using a TEFL Employment Agent or Recruiters to find work in a country.

Essentially an Agent is an individual or organization which matches up teachers and schools. They approach schools and promise to find them English‏‎ teachers for a fee. They then advertise and get in touch with teachers who want to work in the country. They then recruit some of those teachers and send…

TEFL Job Sites

There are a several good job sites for TEFL teachers. There are also a lot of terrible sites which charge money to join and offer nothing in return.

The sites we list on this page have been carefully reviewed by our expert panel and offer worthwhile jobs for TEFL teachers.

If you are looking for work, remember it’s worth going back to these sites on a daily basis…

TEFL Teacher Portfolios

A Teaching Portfolio (sometimes also called a Teaching Dossier or Teaching Profile) is a valuable tool used by TEFL teachers to document who they are, what kind of teacher they are and what they have achieved.

It’s also a great tool to help you get that TEFL job!

That’s because it’s often used by teachers to support their application for a job. Along with their TEFL/TESOL CV/Résumé…

TEFL Teaching English Online

Teaching English Online or Virtual English Teaching is a growing business. Essentially it means teaching students – usually 1-to-1‏‎ – from your own home and thus bypassing a school. With the advent of new technology and the prevalence of broadband internet (allowing audio/visual communication) it is gaining ground on traditional methods of teaching.

This article explains exactly how to teach English online.

Some of the features of…


The world of teaching English is full of acronyms‏‎. One question which pops up all the time is: what is the difference between TEFL and TESOL and TESL and CELTA and… and also: should I get a TEFL certificate or a TESOL certificate?

This article explains what these terms means and looks at differences between them when it comes to qualifications and finding work.


The usual qualifications‏‎ for newcomers to TEFL‏‎ are a degree and a TEFL certificate such as the ICAL TEFL Course. These are usually enough to secure a decent job in teaching English as a foreign language. However, after a few years experience, some teachers will want to go for further study. The two main options here are a Diploma or a Masters Degree. By far the most well known and…

The Academic Year for TEFL Teachers Abroad

The Academic Year is when a school or learning institute is open for business.

In many countries this is from September/October to the following May/June.

In some countries in the Southern Hemisphere, the academic year runs from February/March to November/December. Obviously then an academic year for most schools lasts about 10 months or so (including holidays).

Most schools divide the academic year into either 2…

The British Council‏‎

The British Council (BC) is an organisation set up to promote British culture around the world. They have offices in 110 countries and territories and are often a useful source of information on teaching in a particular country. A significant part of their work involves teaching English and many British Council offices have schools attached where they teach English to local people or are involved in teacher training. In some…

Trinity CertTESOL

The CertTESOL or (to give it its full name) the Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is a TEFL certificate.

It is roughly equivalent to the CELTA and is probably best suited for teachers with a couple of years experience under their belt.

The course was designed by Trinity College London and is offered by a number of schools around the world which offer…

Video CV/Résumé

Some teachers are now creating video CV/Résumés. These are uploaded to sites like YouTube and the link sent to prospective employers along with their standard printed/emailed CV/Résumé‏‎. A video CV/Résumé is not meant to be a substitute for the traditional résumé but it is an addition that will undoubtedly make you stand out and greatly increase your chances of being remembered by any potential employer. Background One of the great…

Visas for TEFL Teachers Abroad

Quite simply a visa is a document stating that a person is authorized to enter the country or territory for which it was issued.

If you intend to go abroad to teach depending on where you go and your nationality you may or may not need a visa to enter the country and stay there.

For example, British citizens can enter Italy‏‎, part of the European Union‏‎…

Volunteering‏‎ to Teach English Abroad

TEFL Volunteering is working as an English teacher in a school without being paid; often this is wrapped up as a Gap Year experience where you can go abroad to some exotic location and spend a few hours each day in the classroom and then lie in the sun. Some volunteering organizations require that the volunteer pay for placement, especially when it is offered as a gap year option. This can…

What to Take With You when Teaching Abroad

What to Take With You is a checklist of what you should pack when you are heading off to a new job, possibly a new country.

It isn’t exhaustive, of course, and many of the items below you’ll want to leave out, but it’s a good start.
Medicines, Drugs & Hygiene Products
Take a good supply of your personal medicine and prescription drugs, the pill, etc…

What to Wear in the TEFL Classroom

Business suits, smart casual, any old shirt …???

Teachers often wonder what they should wear when turning up for a new teaching job. Here are a few fashion tips we have put together based on the feedback we have received from teachers working around the world.
Dress Code for TEFL Teachers

Generally speaking, formal attire (such as suits) is not expected in private English schools. Smart…

When to Apply for Work‏‎ as an English Teacher Abroad

Whilst it is true that in many countries around the world English teaching positions can be found all year round, some months are better than others and whenever possible you should try and apply for a job when the demand is at its highest so to avoid frustration and missed opportunities. Below is a list of countries‏‎ in alphabetical order with their best hiring season. America In Central America the…

Where Can I Teach English Around the World?

This simple flowchart graphic shows where you can work as a TEFL teacher. It’s general in approach and there are many exceptions. (For more on this, see the useful links under the graphic.)

Useful Links
Where to Teach‏‎ English as a Foreign Language – general destinations for English teachers

Teaching English without a Degree‏‎ – if you don’t have a degree, here are some likely destinations…

Where to Teach English as a Foreign Language

Where to Teach is one of the key questions asked by newly qualified teachers as well as experienced teachers who are looking for a change.

On the plus side teaching English happens in pretty much every single country in the world so there are jobs available almost everywhere. On the negative side, there are certain practical and legal restrictions on where you can teach.

This article looks at…

Which Degree to Teach English Abroad?

The basic usual teaching qualifications for the majority of TEFL‏‎ jobs are a degree and a 120hr TEFL Certificate. Although sometimes you can find work without a degree in some countries, this article looks at the type of degree which is best to have to teach English and which degrees are not usually acceptable. Which Type of Degree? By degree we mean a 3 or 4 year BA (or sometimes…

WorkSmart – help teaching English when you need it

ICAL WorkSmart is an exclusive mentoring program designed to help ICAL TEFL teachers and students find work and then be successful in their teaching.

Think of us as a knowledgeable, friendly professional who can help you with advice and suggestions; someone you can turn to when you’d like a second opinion; someone who has many, many years experience in the TEFL industry and who is there to…

Your Nationality when Teaching Abroad

This article answers a question we’re asked quite a lot: do you have to give up your nationality or citizenship when you go and work in another country?

The simple answer which applies 99.9% of the time is: No.

The rest of this article explores this topic in more detail.

As an example, suppose you are a citizen of the United States and you hold…

Your TEFL CV/Resume

Your TEFL Résumé or CV (Curriculum Vitae) is critical in helping you find work.

It is likely to be the first contact between you and a potential employer and thus is it extremely important that it looks good and is laid out properly.

There are 2 main ways to write a TEFL CV/Résumé: chronologically or thematically. The more traditional way is chronologically and since most of the…

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