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Teaching English in Greece

To read about working here, see Teaching English in the United Kingdom.

To read about working here, see Teaching English in Greece.

A Visa is an official document stating that a person is authorized to enter the country or territory for which it was issued and teach there. Depending on your own nationality, you may or may not need a visa to work in certain other countries.

For more, see Visas for TEFL Teachers Abroad.

A TEFL Certificate is the basic qualification to teach English to non-native speakers. Good ones are usually 120hrs and cover teaching methodology, classroom management, lesson preparation and so on.

For more, see TEFL Certificates.

A Private Lesson or One-to-One or 1-to-1 lesson outside the normal school. It is usually 1 teacher and 1 student (but sometimes 2 or 3 students).

For more, see Private English Lessons.

The EU or European Union is a collection of European countries; easy for British and Irish teachers to work there, more difficult for those without an EU passport.

For more, see Teaching English in the European Union‏‎.

The British Council is an organization set up to promote British culture around the world. They often have schools teaching English as well in most countries.

For more, see The British Council.

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Simply put, this is usually used to talk about teaching English to people who live in a non-English speaking country and who want to learn English for business or to take an exam, etc.

It is pretty much equivalent to TESOL and TESL.

For more, see TEFL‏‎ - Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Greece has traditionally been a popular destination for first time teachers. Although some years ago there were thousands of British and Irish teachers in the country (plus a few other nationalities) due to the recession and declining birthrate the number of teachers needed has slowly declined.

However, there are still jobs to be found. The pay is not fantastic, but it is an amazing country to live and work in. Long, hot summers, a relaxed attitude to life and very lively nightlife are just a few of the benefits of living and teaching English in Greece.

TEFL Schools in Greece

Teaching English is mainly done through private schools called frontisteria. These are often small affairs with anything from 10 to 1,000 students and there are many throughout the country; every small town will have two or three though not all will have a native English speakers working there.

You’ll be teaching from coursebooks‏‎ with classes of about 15 or so students. They are lively, inquisitive and talkative (perhaps too talkative!) and often very keen learners. Greeks tend to be good linguists and teaching English is not onerous with well-behaved classes and teachers offered more respect than in the United Kingdom, for example.

The working week is often about 20 contact hours per week (plus preparation). There is often the option of extra hours during exam time (i.e. when the older students take the First Certificate in English‏‎ or Certificate of Proficiency in English‏‎ exams). Schools will often help finding accommodation and sorting out the paperwork.

Many teachers also pick up extra income teaching private lessons which can be quite lucrative. A number of teachers live entirely from this.

Qualifications to Teach English in Greece

To teach English in Greece you’ll need a degree and a TEFL Certificate.

Because of visa issues, it is very difficult for teachers from outside the European Union‏‎ to find work in Greece. And there is also a requirement to have a proficient command of Greek‏‎ and pass an exam to prove this. However, this is illegal according to European Union‏‎ legislation and therefore technically not required. The majority of schools will ignore this requirement.

Examining Students in Greece

The UCLES exams are big business in Greece but recently the British Council‏‎ has lost its monopoly on examining students and two or three other groups are planning on doing so. This means there will be a need for new examiners and this can be quite lucrative and worth investigating if you’re qualified.

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