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A First Time English Teacher in Italy

Welcome to Ally – a former ICAL student – writing this guest post. Ally began her  TEFL life after a career in banking; here she talks about her first experience teaching English which happened in a small town in northern Italy.

Living in Italy had been my dream for years, but I never wanted to go down the usual trodden paths – Tuscany, Umbria, Rome, Naples. Instead…

Teaching English in Yugoslavia

TEFL/TESOL in Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia was formed in 1918 and existed through most of the 20th century. For much of this time it was ruled by the communist General Tito who tended to distance his country from the west.

Following his death internal tensions rose and the country divided and broke up into various states. In general those states began to look to the west and learning English.


Teaching English in Europe

Europe, for TEFL‏‎ teachers, can be divided into several distinct areas. These sometimes overlap. For a list of individual countries and the TEFL situation in each of them, see below.
English-Speaking Countries
In other words, the United Kingdom and Ireland‏‎. There is a demand for English teachers here, mainly dealing with short-term groups of foreign students who come for a short course to learn English. Usually jobs are filled by…

Learn to Teach English in Italy

To teach in Italy you need:

to have a degree (a BA/BSc in almost any subject is fine)
to have a TEFL certificate
to be a native English speaker

The ICAL online TEFL Certificate Course will give you a thorough grounding in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

Our online TEFL course covers all major aspects of TEFL and TESOL…

Teaching English in Bosnia‏‎ and Herzegovina

Bosnia (or to give it its full name, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a relatively new country in the Balkans in South-East Europe which, by all recent accounts, is looking for TEFL teachers as the demand for English grows.

Although situated in Europe, Bosnia is not part of the EU yet so it is relatively easy for Americans and other non-European passport holders to get a visa to work here…

Teaching English in Iceland

Iceland is a small country with a population of about 300,000.

Until 1999 the first foreign language taught in schools was Danish (Iceland was part of Denmark for 500 and shares a great deal of background, values and culture with Denmark). However, due to globalization and the dominance of English a decision was made to make English the first foreign language in schools. (Although Danish is still…

Teaching English in Finland

Although it has a very high standard of living and often ranks highly on quality of life scales, Finland nonetheless is not a particularly common destination for TEFL teachers.

Perhaps it’s the weather (often cold) or perhaps it’s the food (lots of fish) but it doesn’t seem to attract the same numbers as other countries despite it being a pretty amazing place to live and work…

Teaching English in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a small country in Europe with just over half a million people. A large proportion of the population is foreign born and this has contributed to a strong multilingualism and a cultural pluralism which are evident not only in its customs and celebrations but also in the country’s architecture, its concert halls, museums, galleries, cultural centers, etc.

Luxembourg pays special attention to language education and…

Teaching English in Sweden

Sweden is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe; it borders Norway and Finland, and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Øresund. It is often ranked highly as well developed, socially aware and economically stable. In 2013 The Economist said that Scandinavian countries are probably the best-governed in the world with Sweden in first place.

English‏‎ is widely spoken in Sweden which means you don’t need…

Teaching English in Switzerland

Switzerland is a landlocked country in the middle of Europe. Although it is surrounded by the European Union‏‎ and has close ties to it, being out of the EU means it is easier for American and other non-European teachers to work there.

The country is beautiful. It has the Alps, lakes, greenery and is incredibly well organized. It is also quite expensive in some cities and the language…

Teaching English in Portugal

Portugal is a modern, developed democracy with a distinguished history. It is the westernmost country of Europe bordered on the one side by Spain and the other by the Atlantic Ocean with a pleasant Mediterranean climate. It has a population of about 10 million with a high quality of life ranking.

Small, private language schools are springing up everywhere from the towns and cities in the industrial north to the…

Teaching English in Albania‏‎

Albania is a small country in southeastern Europe struggling to overcome more than 40 years of almost complete isolation. With its chronic unemployment, poor social services and impoverishment it is quite poor by European standards.

The current population of Albania is estimated at 3.5 million, with as many as 700,000 living in Tirana, the capital. Traditionally, Albania has been about 70 percent Muslim, 20 percent Albanian Orthodox (predominantly in…

Teaching English in Ireland

Ireland is a beautiful country with a healthy tourist industry attracting thousands of foreigners every year. People visit Ireland not only for its natural beauties and historical heritage but also to learn English where English is spoken.

NB for simplicity, we are talking about both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as “Ireland”.
Where to Teach
The majority of English language schools are in the capital…

Teaching English in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom or UK (comprising England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) is the home of English and TEFL‏‎ schools abound here catering generally for small groups of foreign students in the country for a few weeks taking a short course. There are additionally some courses offering English to immigrants and private lessons can often be found in this area.

Often the schools are located in the more touristic areas…

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…

Teaching English in Greece

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…

Teaching English in Germany

Germany is a beautiful and diverse country. It is clean and dynamic and life ranges from large industrial cities to some of the most unspoilt and gorgeous countryside in Europe. It is very regional, also, and traveling around you will find great variations not only in the landscape and cityscapes between regions but also the character and attitude of the locals.

As regards teaching English‏‎, generally speaking…

Teaching English in the European Union

The European Union or EU is a collection of European countries which have formed a social and economic union. This has had important consequences for teachers there.
Essentially citizens of any EU country have the right to live and work in any other EU country and they will receive preferential treatment when it comes to finding work. Notably the bureaucracy involved is much simpler than for non-EU citizens…

Teaching English in Italy

Italy is one of the most popular destinations for TEFL teachers in Europe. It offers beautiful landscapes, clean and well presented cities plus almost unrivaled heritage and a wealth of cultural history. Thousands of foreign TEFL teachers work in Italy and this article explains what you need to do to join them.
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Teaching English in Spain

Spain borders Portugal‏‎ and France‏‎ and lies on the West of Europe. It is a large, relatively sparsely populated country (pop about 45 million) and attracts many tourists throughout the year. It has a diverse climate and can be cold in Winter in the North to semi-arid to Mediterranean.

The capital and largest city is Madrid (pop 3.5 million) with cosmopolitan Barcelona being the next major city. Obviously these…