TEFL - FAQs

Here at ITTT, we will do all we can to ensure your entire TEFL training experience is as straightforward and rewarding as possible. If you have any questions regarding our courses, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section below.

Our FAQ section should clear up most of your queries but if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by submitting them via the form provided at the bottom of this page.

TEFL & TESOL (General)

What does TEFL stand for?

What does TEFL stand for?   

The acronym TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foriegn Language. As well as the actual act of teaching, it is used to refer to the courses that potential teachers take to become qualified in the field of English language tuition.

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How do TEFL and TESOL differ?

How do TEFL and TESOL differ?    

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and is most commonly used in British English. TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and is generally used more in North America. In general, these two acronyms are used interchangeably to refer to English language teaching.

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Is a TEFL certificate necessary for teaching English abroad?

Is a TEFL certificate necessary for teaching English abroad?   

In the past it has often been possible to find overseas English teaching jobs simply by being a native English speaker. However, those days are largely consigned to the past as official requirements and expectations of employers and students now suggest that a TEFL certificate is required in most situations.

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Is a TEFL certificate necessary for teaching English online?

Is a TEFL certificate necessary for teaching English online?   

While it is possible to find a teaching job without possessing any qualifications, gaining a TEFL certificate will give you far more options in the job market and will prepare you for the realities of life in a virtual or traditional classroom.

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What does an ESL teacher do?

What does an ESL teacher do?    

An ESL teacher is a fairly broad term that is used to describe a range of scenarios where an individual is teaching English to non-native speakers. Teachers in this field of education can have anything from one to fifty students in their class of any nationality, age or educational background.

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Can I make a career out of TEFL?

Can I make a career out of TEFL?   

There is a common but misinformed attitude among many people that teaching English abroad is something that young people do for a short time before returning home and starting a real career. Although this is true in many cases, plenty of people actually make a long-term career out of TEFL.

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Do I need previous teaching experience to teach English online?

Do I need previous teaching experience to teach English online?    

Previous experience is generally not necessary for online English teaching positions, although those with at least a year under their belt can often earn a higher salary. All you need to get your career under way is a TEFL certification course that covers all the most important topics.

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Do I need a TEFL certificate if I’m a fully qualified teacher?

Do I need a TEFL certificate if I’m a fully qualified teacher?    

Many fully qualified teachers move abroad to teach English but are surprised to find that their general teaching qualifications are often not enough to secure the best jobs. As there are many differences between domestic teaching and the demands of an international classroom, a TEFL qualification is typically required.

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Do I need a second language to teach English abroad?

Do I need a second language to teach English abroad?    

Having the ability to converse in the local language of your students might be of some benefit while teaching English abroad, but it will not have a significant impact on your teaching. These days only the target language is used throughout each lesson, so all you need is a good understanding of English.

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Am I too old to teach English abroad?

Am I too old to teach English abroad?   

One of the reasons why teaching English abroad is so popular is the fact that it is open to all age groups. Regardless of your time of life, there are teaching opportunities waiting for you. All you need is enthusiasm and a desire to pass on your language skills in the classroom.

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Is a degree a requirement for teaching English abroad?

Is a degree a requirement for teaching English abroad?    

While it is true that some countries require overseas teachers to possess a degree to qualify for a work permit or visa, there are many more that have no such restrictions. If you don’t have a degree, don’t worry as there are plenty of choices available.

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How long do online TEFL certificates last?

How long do online TEFL certificates last?   

Once you have earned a TEFL certificate it is valid for life. No matter how long you stay in the EFL teaching profession you can use your certificate as proof that you successfully completed a training course covering a wide range of important subjects.

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Am I too old to teach English in Asia?

Am I too old to teach English in Asia?    

Despite being the undoubted number one destination for teaching English abroad, Asia does have some restrictions in place that might limit your available options. One of these potential restrictions is a teacher’s age.

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Do I need previous experience to teach English abroad?

Do I need previous experience to teach English abroad?    

Although a small percentage of employers only take on teachers with previous experience, the vast majority are happy to employ first-time teachers as the global demand is so high. With a TEFL qualification on your CV/resume you should have no trouble getting started on a new career in the EFL classroom.

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Do teachers learn another language while teaching English overseas?

Do teachers learn another language while teaching English overseas?    

Many people choose to learn at least some of the local language when teaching English abroad as they are naturally immersed in it on a daily basis. It can also be a great way to settle in quickly and to feel more at home in your new environment.

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Can single women teach English abroad safely?

Can single women teach English abroad safely?    

For men and women alike, following a few basic rules, using common sense, and doing plenty of pre-travel research should ensure your overseas teaching adventure is free of any personal safety concerns.

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Can I take my children with me while teaching English abroad?

Can I take my children with me while teaching English abroad?    

It is absolutely possible to take children along on your overseas teaching adventure as long as you are aware of all the issues you need to consider. By researching all your options you can ensure you choose the right destination to suit you and the rest of your family.

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Will I be lonely while teaching English abroad?

Will I be lonely while teaching English abroad?   

As teaching English abroad generally means heading overseas alone to work in an unknown environment, it can lead to some level of initial homesickness. However, this should soon pass as you develop a new network of friends and colleagues.

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Is there a strong demand for online English teachers?

Is there a strong demand for online English teachers?   

The number of people across the world learning English online continues to grow year on year and demand for TEFL qualified online teachers is at a record high. Due to the convenience and flexibility of online learning this trend is unlikely to change anytime soon.

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What should a TEFL teacher pack when heading overseas?

What should a TEFL teacher pack when heading overseas?    

Part of your planning for teaching English abroad should include what to pack and what to leave at home. Here we look at a few things you might want to consider.

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How can I maintain contact with home while teaching English abroad?

How can I maintain contact with home while teaching English abroad?   

Almost everyone who decides to head overseas for any reason will have a few worries on their mind, and one of the most common is how to keep in touch with everyone back home. Here we look at a few things to consider.

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Is there a strong demand for TEFL qualified teachers?

Is there a strong demand for TEFL qualified teachers?    

The number of people learning English worldwide is staggering and the figures continue to rise every year. This continuous growth ensures that the options for TEFL qualified teachers remain extremely high in most corners of the globe.

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TEFL & TESOL Courses

Which online TEFL course should I choose?

Which online TEFL course should I choose?    

The best way to choose a suitable online TEFL course is to research, research, research. While researching a course provider you should check how long they have been operating and what their course graduates have to say about their experience.

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How long are online TEFL courses?

How long are online TEFL courses?    

All our online TEFL courses can be completed at any pace that you feel happy with. Whether you are able to commit full-time to your studies or only a few hours each week, you should find you can finish your training to fit any timescale.

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Are online TEFL courses open to non-native English speakers?

Are online TEFL courses open to non-native English speakers?    

As long as you are fluent in both the written and spoken forms of English you are more than welcome to join any of our online TEFL courses. In fact, non-native English speakers make up a high percentage of the overall total of our graduates.

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What is the cost of an online TEFL course and how can I pay?

What is the cost of an online TEFL course and how can I pay?    

ITTT provides a wide range of online TEFL courses that are individually priced to reflect the length of study involved. To make things as easy as possible we accept payment via many different platforms including credit/debit card, PayPal, bank transfer, and Western Union.

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Should I take an online TESOL Diploma course?

Should I take an online TESOL Diploma course?   

The online TESOL Diploma is aimed at teachers who are looking for a qualification that will take their knowledge and CV/resume to a higher level. With this qualification you should find you are eligible for a wider range of job options that potentially offer a higher level of pay and responsibility.

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What is the lifetime TEFL job support service?

What is the lifetime TEFL job support service?    

At ITTT we provide all our graduates with a range of job support services for the duration of their teaching career. Among the services on offer is access to our exclusive database of potential employers, help with constructing CV/resumes and cover letters, and advice on preparing for interviews.

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Should I take a specialized online TEFL course?

Should I take a specialized online TEFL course?    

Once you have completed an online TEFL certification course you could increase your job prospects by adding one or more specialized courses to your CV/resume. Our three online specialized TEFL courses are the Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners (CTEYL), the Certificate in Teaching Business English (CTBE), and the Certificate in Teaching English Online (CTEO).

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Should I take an online TEFL course?

Should I take an online TEFL course?    

Our online TEFL certificate courses provide the ultimate in convenience and value, without compromising on the quality of the materials and instruction. Wherever you are located around the world, you can study online with us at any pace that suits your lifestyle and existing commitments.

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Does anyone fail an online TEFL course?

Does anyone fail an online TEFL course?    

It is possible to fail an online TEFL course as it is a serious qualification that requires considerable effort to complete. However, we do all we can to ensure that only a very small percentage of trainees fall short of their expectations.

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How many hours should my TEFL course be?

How many hours should my TEFL course be?    

It is common practice for TEFL course providers to classify their online training courses by the number of hours they expect them to take the average trainee to complete. A quick online search will reveal a wide range of options.

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Can I take an online TEFL course?

Can I take an online TEFL course?   

The good news is that due to a very high demand for TEFL qualified teachers, there are few restrictions on who can take a TEFL course and go on to teach English abroad. At ITTT all we ask is that you have a solid grasp of the English language.

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How do I know if an online TEFL course is valid?

How do I know if an online TEFL course is valid?    

In recent years the popularity of online TEFL courses has soared and this is set to continue. Unfortunately, an online search for TEFL courses will return a seemingly endless amount of options. With such a wide choice, how do you know that the one you pick is a valid option?

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What does online TEFL course accreditation mean?

What does online TEFL course accreditation mean?    

Choosing an online TEFL course can be a daunting prospect as an online search will reveal a vast number of options from a range of course providers. One good way to gauge each individual course is to check for any independent accreditations it has been awarded.

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What TEFL course should I take to teach English online?

What TEFL course should I take to teach English online?    

If the idea of teaching English online appeals to you, you will need to complete a TEFL certification in order to be considered by most reputable employers. If you also have a specialized qualification that is focused on teaching in a virtual environment you will be in an even better position when applying for jobs.

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How can I prepare in advance for an online TEFL course?

How can I prepare in advance for an online TEFL course?    

Before you begin your TEFL course there are a few things you might want to think about to help the process go that little bit smoother. Reading up on English grammar, constructing a study plan, reading through pre-course materials, and joining online groups are just a few of the options available.

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How long will it take to finish an online TEFL course and start a teaching job?

How long will it take to finish an online TEFL course and start a teaching job?   

It is hard to give a specific time frame for completing a TEFL course and starting a job in the classroom as there are so many variables between individual cases. Typically, the answer will depend on how keen you are to get going, your existing commitments, and the teaching destination you head to.

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TEFL & TESOL Jobs

What questions should I ask in a TEFL interview?

What questions should I ask in a TEFL interview?    

The main purpose of an interview is to get enough information so you can make an informed decision on whether the position is a good fit for you. Some of the important areas you should always be clear on are salary, hours of work, the size and age of the class, and what resources will be available to you.

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What questions will I be asked during a TEFL interview?

What questions will I be asked during a TEFL interview?    

Every job interview will be different depending on the position, where you are in the world, and the individual expectations of the employer. However, there are certain types of questions that you can be prepared for as they are always likely to come up in one form or another.

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What is the best way to get a TEFL job?

What is the best way to get a TEFL job?    

There are a variety of factors that will determine the best approach to finding a TEFL job for your individual situation. In general, you will either move to a specific location and interview for jobs in person or apply online and interview remotely.

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What are the best locations for teaching English abroad?

What are the best locations for teaching English abroad?    

With a TEFL certificate in your back pocket you will be able to choose from a wide range of countries worldwide. The largest markets for foreign teachers are found across Asia, although there is also plenty of demand in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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How quickly will I get a TEFL job?

How quickly will I get a TEFL job?   

There are many factors to consider with this question, such as where you want to teach, the time of year, and your personal approach to the recruitment process. The bottom line is: If you are determined and focused there is nothing standing in the way of you finding that ideal teaching job in a reasonable amount of time.

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How long will my TEFL contract be?

How long will my TEFL contract be?    

If you are required to sign a contract it will most likely be for one academic year or one calendar year, depending on the employer. Private language schools and summer camps are two areas where shorter contracts can often be found.

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How can I get a TEFL job in South Korea?

How can I get a TEFL job in South Korea?   

Teaching jobs are plentiful across much of South Korea and they are available via a range of recruitment options. The government backed EPIK Program is highly popular as it is efficiently run and well paid. Plenty of other options are also available via online job boards and professional recruitment companies.

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How can I get a TEFL job in China?

How can I get a TEFL job in China?    

The most common method for finding a TEFL related job in China is via a recruitment company as they take care of all the paperwork for you before you leave home. Alternatively, you will find plenty of jobs advertised independently via online job boards and other TEFL websites.

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How can I get a TEFL job in Japan?

How can I get a TEFL job in Japan?    

Jobs are typically plentiful in Japan either via the government sponsored JET Program or through independent recruitment companies, both of which will make all the necessary arrangements for you before leaving home.

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How can I get a TEFL job in Thailand?

How can I get a TEFL job in Thailand?    

Thailand is a popular teaching destination as jobs are widely available and the culture is famously inviting. In order to work legally you will need a degree in any subject and a TEFL qualification is generally expected by most employers.

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What are the differences between teaching English in Asia and teaching English in Latin America?

What are the differences between teaching English in Asia and teaching English in Latin America?    

Asia and Latin America are two of the most popular regions for TEFL qualified teachers. However, there are a few differences between them regarding the usual method of recruitment, the average salaries, and the typical classroom environment you can expect.

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Is it possible to teach English online?

Is it possible to teach English online?   

Online study in all fields of education is booming across the world and learning English is as popular as any of them. To meet this surge in demand there has been a huge increase in the number of online TEFL jobs available.

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Can I get a TEFL job in Russia?

Can I get a TEFL job in Russia?    

Due to the vast size of the country that covers no fewer than eleven time zones, Russia has plenty of opportunities for foreign English teachers. Although it is not one of the top destinations in Europe yet, it is becoming more popular every year.

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Where can I get a TEFL job if I don’t have a degree?

Where can I get a TEFL job if I don’t have a degree?   

If you have a degree and a TEFL certificate you can choose virtually any country in the world as your teaching destination. However, do not worry if you lack a degree as you will still have plenty of great destinations to choose from across Asia, Europe and Latin America.

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What options are there for teaching English online?

What options are there for teaching English online?    

With an ever increasing demand for online English teachers worldwide there is no shortage of online platforms for you to work for. Before signing up for any of the available options it is worth doing a bit of research as conditions such as pay rates and teaching hours vary considerably.

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How can I get a TEFL job in France?

How can I get a TEFL job in France?    

France is at the top of many peoples dream list of teaching destinations as it offers so many attractions, from culture and fashion to history and cuisine. If you want to make your dream a reality there are a few things to consider.

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Is it possible for couples or friends to teach English abroad together?

Is it possible for couples or friends to teach English abroad together?    

It is relatively common for people to share their teaching adventure with a friend or partner. All you need to do is a bit of research and some forward thinking and you can set off together with nothing to stand in your way.

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Where will I live while teaching English abroad?

Where will I live while teaching English abroad?    

Typically, most people who move abroad to teach English find they have plenty of options when it comes to finding suitable accommodation. Common choices include a private apartment, sharing a house with other teachers, or renting a room with a local family.

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What kind of students will I have in my TEFL class?

What kind of students will I have in my TEFL class?    

As there are different reasons why people learn English around the world, there is no typical scenario that sums up an EFL classroom. In many cases you will teach young learners who haven’t actually chosen to be there, while others could find themselves teaching a room of high-flying business executives.

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Will I get free accommodation while teaching English abroad?

Will I get free accommodation while teaching English abroad?   

TEFL qualified teachers often have additional benefits on top of a basic salary added to their contract and one of these is free or subsidized accommodation. You can realistically get this bonus in any part of the world, but it is most common in the major teaching markets of Asia and the Middle East.

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Will I get free flights when teaching English abroad?

Will I get free flights when teaching English abroad?    

Employers in some countries routinely recruit teachers from within their home countries. In this scenario it is common for the subsequent contract to include free flights in and out of the country, or at least a subsidy towards the cost. Securing a job in this manner is one way to significantly reduce your initial start up costs.

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How much does it cost to start teaching English abroad?

How much does it cost to start teaching English abroad?   

While it is true that TEFL qualified teachers can earn a good living, you will still have a few initial costs to cover before the paychecks start coming in. The actual amount will depend on your destination, but the main expenses are likely to be airfares, accommodation and meals.

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Should I teach English in a public or private school in South Korea?

Should I teach English in a public or private school in South Korea?    

Every year many thousands of foreign teachers head to South Korea to teach English in government schools or private language centers. Both of these environments have pros and cons, so which you choose is down to personal preference.

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Can I teach English abroad anywhere I choose?

Can I teach English abroad anywhere I choose?    

A TEFL certificate is a widely recognized qualification that will open up job opportunities in countries all over the world. However, the full extent of your options will depend on a few other factors.

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What will happen if I don’t see out my TEFL contract?

What will happen if I don’t see out my TEFL contract?   

Despite the best of intentions, there is always the chance that you will need to break a teaching contract before it runs its course. If this does happen you might miss out on any end of contract bonuses on offer, but otherwise there are unlikely to be any big  issues to worry about.

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Can I get a TEFL job abroad before I leave home?

Can I get a TEFL job abroad before I leave home?    

TEFL recruitment typically comes in two forms. You might head to your destination of choice and interview for jobs in person, or you might go through the whole recruitment process from within your home country.

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When are the best times for finding a TEFL job?

When are the best times for finding a TEFL job?   

The field of English language teaching covers most parts of the world, so it is no surprise that the main hiring seasons can vary from one location to the next. To ensure you time your TEFL adventure perfectly it is important to know the best time of year in your country of choice.

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What kind of schools do TEFL qualified teachers work in?

What kind of schools do TEFL qualified teachers work in?   

Teaching English abroad is big business which means there are a huge number and variety of potential jobs waiting for you. Some of the more numerous options can be found in private language academies, public schools, universities, and summer language camps, to name just a few.

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Are TEFL job placement schemes worth paying for?

Are TEFL job placement schemes worth paying for?   

One option that TEFL qualified teachers have in terms of recruitment is to pay for a job placement scheme that takes care of all the details for you. On the surface that might seem like a good deal, but in reality there are a few reasons why it might be best avoided.

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Can TEFL teachers find jobs in English-speaking countries?

Can TEFL teachers find jobs in English-speaking countries?    

Once you are TEFL certified you will be in a prime position to apply for teaching jobs worldwide. For most course graduates the prospect of experiencing life in a country with a different culture and language is a real draw, while others might wish to head to another English speaking country with a more familiar feel.

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How do I get a TEFL job in Spain?

How do I get a TEFL job in Spain?    

Spain has been one of the most popular teaching destinations in Europe for many years and it still attracts thousands of people from all over the world every year. But what do you need to know before you make any travel plans?

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What do I need to know about TEFL job interviews?

What do I need to know about TEFL job interviews?   

Any job interview can be a stressful experience, however, by preparing in advance you should be able to sail through it without any major problems. Simply follow these basic rules and that dream job could well be within your grasp.

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Where can non-native English speakers teach English abroad?

Where can non-native English speakers teach English abroad?    

As a non-native English speaker you will find there are some countries and individual employers who will not hire you simply because of where you were born. However, this should not stand in your way as there are plenty of other options out there for TEFL qualified teachers, no matter what your native tongue.

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How do I get a TEFL job in Latin America?

How do I get a TEFL job in Latin America?    

Latin America is the number one choice for many teachers as it is a diverse region with a wide range of great countries to choose from. Read on for a closer look at the things you need to know before you get on a plane.

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Where should I teach English in China?

Where should I teach English in China?    

Due to its vast size and huge population, China has endless opportunities for TEFL qualified teachers of all nationalities and backgrounds. But which of its many regions and cities would be right for you?

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Where can I learn Spanish while teaching English abroad?

Where can I learn Spanish while teaching English abroad?    

Spanish speaking countries are home to some of the best markets for TEFL qualified teachers. Spain itself offers a huge amount of options for foreign teachers, while Latin America also has a strong demand in at least a dozen different countries.

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How can I tell if a TEFL job is a scam?

How can I tell if a TEFL job is a scam?    

For many people teaching English abroad is the start of a new and exciting chapter in their lives. However, to avoid getting off to a disappointing start you need to know how to spot the small number of job scams that you might come across.

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How do I get a TEFL job in Africa?

How do I get a TEFL job in Africa?    

Well paid teaching jobs are not easy to find in the African region. However, TEFL qualified teachers will still find a wide range of exciting possibilities in this unique and less travelled part of the world.

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How do I get a TEFL job in Italy?

How do I get a TEFL job in Italy?    

Italy is one of the top teaching destinations in Europe and a dream location for many teachers worldwide. However, if you want to give yourself the best opportunities for success there are few things you need to know before you jump on the plane.

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Is it possible for Americans to legally teach English in Europe?

Is it possible for Americans to legally teach English in Europe?    

Americans make up a large proportion of foreign English teachers in many parts of the world and Europe is certainly no exception. In a few countries local restrictions can make it a little tough for US citizens to work legally, but there are plenty of alternatives on offer across the region.

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Do I need a degree to teach English in Spain?

Do I need a degree to teach English in Spain?   

When choosing a location for teaching English abroad you need to be aware of any restrictions that might be in place in certain countries. In some countries you will require a degree to work legally, however, this is not the case in Spain.

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Do I need a degree to teach English in China?

Do I need a degree to teach English in China?    

China always has plenty of job vacancies for TEFL qualified teachers and the pay is typically very competitive. However, if you don’t have a degree it is no longer possible to land mainstream teaching jobs no matter what the job adverts say.

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How do I get a TEFL job in Vietnam?

How do I get a TEFL job in Vietnam?   

No discussion about up-and-coming destinations for teaching English abroad would be complete without mentioning Vietnam. Demand across the country is growing rapidly and salaries are also steadily rising. If you are a native English speaker with a degree you will have plenty of options to choose from.

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How do I get a TEFL job in Hong Kong?

How do I get a TEFL job in Hong Kong?   

With plenty of job opportunities, high average salaries, and an excellent infrastructure, Hong Kong is unsurprisingly popular with TEFL qualified teachers. Due to its many benefits, the competition for jobs is generally very strong.

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How do I get a TEFL job in Portugal?

How do I get a TEFL job in Portugal?   

Despite relatively low salaries, Portugal still attracts many teachers due to its easy-going lifestyle. However, as obtaining a work permit can be a bit of a hassle for employers, it can sometimes be difficult for teachers from outside of the EU.

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How do I get a TEFL job in Greece?

How do I get a TEFL job in Greece?   

Job options for TEFL teachers have been reduced in Greece in recent times due to the country’s economic problems. However, there are still plenty of opportunities for foreign teachers in this sunny part of southern Europe.

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How do I get a TEFL job in Hungary?

How do I get a TEFL job in Hungary?   

Central Europe is one region where the demand for TEFL qualified teachers has rapidly grown in recent years and Hungary has seen some of the strongest growth. Jobs are widespread and there are generally few restrictions on who can apply.

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How do I get a TEFL job in Turkey?

How do I get a TEFL job in Turkey?   

According to some reports, Turkey has more potential TEFL jobs than any other country in the European region. Job openings can usually be found year round, although you will need a degree and a TEFL certificate to be eligible.

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How do I get a TEFL job in Taiwan?

How do I get a TEFL job in Taiwan?   

Taiwan remains one of the most popular TEFL destinations in Asia due to the number of jobs on offer and potentially high salaries. It is also known as a safe and friendly country that has plenty of culture to offer its many visitors.

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TEFL & TESOL Salary

How much do TEFL teachers earn?

How much do TEFL teachers earn?   

If you choose to teach English in certain parts of Asia or the Middle East region, you can potentially earn as much as $5,000 per month. Other regions such as Europe and Latin America typically offer smaller salaries, but still attract a huge number of teachers who are drawn by the culture and lifestyle.

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Can TEFL teachers make money as a private tutor?

Can TEFL teachers make money as a private tutor?   

Private tutoring is a common choice for many people teaching English abroad. It can be a good way to top up your main salary or you can even make it a full-time option if you want complete control of your working hours.

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Do TEFL teachers get free health insurance?

Do TEFL teachers get free health insurance?   

Although health insurance is included in many TEFL contracts, it is certainly not guaranteed. Whenever you interview for a teaching position you should make sure you are clear if any coverage is included in the contract, so you can make your own arrangements if required.

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What do TEFL teachers earn in Spain?

What do TEFL teachers earn in Spain?   

Spain attracts many thousands of TEFL qualified teachers every year, making it one of the most popular countries in Europe for teaching English abroad. Although the average salary is not that high, you will get to enjoy the warm climate, local culture, and laidback lifestyle during your stay.

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What do TEFL teachers earn in the United Arab Emirates?

What do TEFL teachers earn in the United Arab Emirates?   

A large number of teachers arrive in the UAE every year due to the high salaries and extra bonuses that are offered by many employers. Typical salary rates are as high as anywhere in the world at between $2,500 to $5,500 US per month. And don’t forget, these are tax-free!

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What do TEFL teachers earn in Japan?

What do TEFL teachers earn in Japan?   

Japan continues to be a very popular destination for teaching English abroad, with jobs widespread and salaries ranging from $2,000 to $6,000 per month. The actual figure you receive will largely depend on your qualifications and previous experience.

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What do TEFL teachers earn in Taiwan?

What do TEFL teachers earn in Taiwan?   

Taiwan does not always get the headlines that some other countries in the region get when it comes to TEFL opportunities. However, the demand for teachers is so strong throughout the country that qualified teachers without previous experience can earn $2,000 or more per month.

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What do TEFL teachers earn in Saudi Arabia?

What do TEFL teachers earn in Saudi Arabia?   

Saudi Arabia is known for its high salaries and generous benefit packages, although jobs are usually restricted to those with high levels of experience and qualifications. If you can meet the tough criteria you could earn between $3,000 and $5,000 per month.

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What do TEFL teachers earn in Thailand?

What do TEFL teachers earn in Thailand?   

Thailand is one of the traditional teaching hotspots in Southeast Asia as jobs are widespread and the lifestyle is very relaxed. The average salary is not very high at between $1,000 and $1,500 per month, but it should still be enough to afford a good quality of life.

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What do TEFL teachers earn in Cambodia?

What do TEFL teachers earn in Cambodia?    

Although the average salary in Cambodia is much lower than some of the more famous teaching destinations in Asia such as China, South Korea, and Japan, it is starting to attract more and more TEFL teachers every year. If you are looking for adventure and a relaxed way of life, this could be a good option for you.

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What do TEFL teachers earn in South Korea?

What do TEFL teachers earn in South Korea?    

There is no doubt that South Korea is one of the top TEFL destinations anywhere in the world as it has plenty of jobs, high salaries, and extra benefits such as paid airfares and free housing as standard. Many thousands of foreign teachers head to the country each year to take advantage of the generous contracts on offer.

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How much can I earn teaching English in China?

How much can I earn teaching English in China?   

In most cities across China there are more available positions than teachers to fill them, meaning you are often able to pick from a range of options. To entice teachers, employers generally offer a generous salary by local standards that can range from $1,000 to $2,000 USD per month.

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How can I save money while teaching English abroad?

How can I save money while teaching English abroad?   

If you are keen to save money while teaching overseas there are a few things that can make a big difference, such as which country you head to, where you choose to live, and how you choose to spend your hard earned salary.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Italy?

How much can I earn teaching English in Italy?   

Due to its popular culture, beautiful landscape, and delicious cuisine, Italy is probably the most popular destination in Europe for teaching English abroad. While you are unlikely to get rich during your stay, the average salary of 1000 to 1500 EUR per month should be enough to live comfortably.

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How much can I earn teaching English in France?

How much can I earn teaching English in France?   

France receives more visitors per year than any other country, so it is no surprise that it is also a popular destination for teaching English abroad. Depending on the location and the employer, the average salary for ESL teachers ranges from 1,000 to 2,000 EUR per month.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Russia?

How much can I earn teaching English in Russia?   

In recent years demand for the English language in Russia has grown considerably and it is becoming an increasingly popular destination for teaching English abroad. Foreign teachers can expect to earn anywhere from $500 to $2,000 USD per month depending on location, qualifications, and experience.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Vietnam?

How much can I earn teaching English in Vietnam?   

Whether you are an experienced teacher or are looking for your first classroom position, Vietnam offers an abundance of jobs, a low cost of living, and a famously relaxed attitude to life. Depending on experience you can expect to earn between $1,000 and $2,000 USD per month.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Costa Rica?

How much can I earn teaching English in Costa Rica?   

The beautiful tropical paradise of Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations in Latin America for teaching English abroad. Although you are unlikely to save a great deal during your stay, the average monthly salary of $600 to $1,000 USD should be enough to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Turkey?

How much can I earn teaching English in Turkey?   

Known as a bridge between East and West, Turkey offers a fascinating destination for teaching English abroad. Although salaries are not high in comparison with many other countries, a relatively low cost of living means the average monthly salary of around $1,000 USD should provide a comfortable lifestyle.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Argentina?

How much can I earn teaching English in Argentina?   

Due to economic instability in recent years it can be difficult for ESL teachers to earn a good living in Argentina, however, it is still a popular destination for teaching English abroad. Average monthly salaries range from US$600 to $1,200 depending on qualifications, experience, and hours worked.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Ecuador?

How much can I earn teaching English in Ecuador?   

Ecuador has seen a significant increase in demand for ESL teachers in recent years. Pay rates may be as low as US$5 per hour, but with a very low cost of living an average monthly salary of $500 to $1,000 should be enough to live comfortably.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Poland?

How much can I earn teaching English in Poland?   

It is said that Poland has more available positions for ESL teachers than any other country in Europe. While most teachers find it difficult to save a great deal, the average salary of US$600 to $1,000 per month should be enough to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Greece?

How much can I earn teaching English in Greece?   

Due to the ongoing effects of the 2008 financial crisis, Greece is no longer the hotspot for teaching English abroad that it once was. However, it still has plenty to offer ESL teachers, including an average salary of 800 to 1,000 EUR per month depending on experience.

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How much can I earn teaching English in the Czech Republic?

How much can I earn teaching English in the Czech Republic?   

The Czech Republic has seen a huge increase in demand for ESL teachers in recent years and jobs are now abundant in many parts of the country, particularly in the bustling capital city of Prague. Typical salaries range from US$700 to $1,200 per month depending on experience.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Chile?

How much can I earn teaching English in Chile?   

Chile is one of the most stable and prosperous countries in Latin America making it a popular destination for teaching English abroad. Teachers are unlikely to save a large amount but the average salary of US$800 to $1,200 per month should be enough to live a comfortable lifestyle.

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Visa & Documents

Can TEFL teachers get a work visa in Germany?

Can TEFL teachers get a work visa in Germany?   

Germany has a wide range of job opportunities for TEFL qualified teachers, although it can often be difficult for non-European citizens to get a work visa.  However, if you are able to meet the necessary criteria it is certainly not impossible.

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Can TEFL teachers get a work visa in the Czech Republic?

Can TEFL teachers get a work visa in the Czech Republic?   

As it is one of the easier countries in Europe to get a long-term work permit, the Czech Republic is unsurprisingly popular with TEFL qualified teachers from all over the world.

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What visa do TEFL teachers need in Spain?

What visa do TEFL teachers need in Spain?   

The demand for TEFL qualified teachers is always very strong in Spain, although the type of visa you require will vary depending on your individual situation. For teachers from outside the EU, the most common approach is to initially enter Spain on a standard 90-day tourist visa.

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What visa do TEFL teachers need in Costa Rica?

What visa do TEFL teachers need in Costa Rica?   

Costa Rica has long been one of the most popular TEFL destinations in the Central American region. Currently, most foreign nationals enter the country on a 90-day tourist visa that is issued at the airport. Once on the ground you can start work as soon as you have registered for a local tax number.

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Can I legally teach English in France with a student visa?

Can I legally teach English in France with a student visa?   

France is always a popular choice with international TEFL teachers due to the country’s popular culture and widespread job market. One visa option for France that might be right for you is a student visa that also includes the right to work part-time.

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Can I legally teach English in Spain with a student visa?

Can I legally teach English in Spain with a student visa?   

Many TEFL qualified teachers have Spain near the top of their preferred destinations and there are several visa options available depending on your nationality. If you want to work legally and have a long-term visa in place before leaving home, a student visa might be a good option for you.

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Can I legally teach English in Italy with a student visa?

Can I legally teach English in Italy with a student visa?   

Although teaching positions are widely available in towns and cities right across Italy, it is not always easy to get your hands on a long-term work visa. One potential option is to apply for a student visa that also allows the holder to work part time.

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Do you have to have a work visa to teach English abroad?

Do you have to have a work visa to teach English abroad?   

When it comes to applying for an official work visa to teach English abroad, you will find the process to be relatively straightforward in some countries and virtually impossible in many others. In countries where the process is difficult, it is often the norm for foreign teachers to work with only a normal tourist visa in their passport, or even with no visa at all in some cases.

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What paperwork might I need when teaching English abroad?

What paperwork might I need when teaching English abroad?   

As the specific documents needed when applying for TEFL jobs around the world can vary considerably, it is best to do plenty of research in advance to ensure you have everything necessary exactly when it is required.

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Is a visa required to teach English abroad?

Is a visa required to teach English abroad?    

It is important to be aware of the specific visa requirements of your chosen TEFL destination well in advance of your planned departure date. In many cases you can simply arrive at the airport and enter on a tourist visa, while other situations might require you to apply for a visa in advance.

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Is a passport required to teach English abroad?

Is a passport required to teach English abroad?   

If you are considering teaching English anywhere outside of your home country, a valid passport is one of the essential items you cannot do without. To avoid any disappointment, check the date on your passport right now, before you start making any solid plans.

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Can TEFL teachers get a work visa in Mexico?

Can TEFL teachers get a work visa in Mexico?   

Anyone who likes the idea of teaching English in Mexico will be glad to know that work visas are relatively easy to secure once you have received a job offer. Because of this, Mexico is an increasingly popular TEFL destination with newly qualified teachers in particular.

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Job Placement

Can I get a TEFL job in France via the TAPIF Program?

Can I get a TEFL job in France via the TAPIF Program?   

If you are looking for a convenient way to secure a teaching position in France before you leave home, the TAPIF Program could be perfect for you. This government-run recruitment scheme places over a thousand native English speakers into the public school system each year.

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Can I get a TEFL job in Hungary via the Central European Teaching Program (CETP)?

Can I get a TEFL job in Hungary via the Central European Teaching Program (CETP)?   

The Central European Teaching Program (CETP) is a job placement scheme operating in Hungary. Through the program native English speakers work as language teachers in a variety of different schools across the country. In contrast to many other programs of its kind, the CETP requires a placement fee from its successful applicants.

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Can I get a TEFL job in Spain via the Cultural Ambassadors Program?

Can I get a TEFL job in Spain via the Cultural Ambassadors Program?   

If you want to legally live and work in Spain, one option is to apply for the Cultural Ambassadors Program. Run by the Spanish government, this recruitment scheme places foreign nationals into public schools throughout the country.

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Can I get a TEFL job in South Korea via the EPIK program?

Can I get a TEFL job in South Korea via the EPIK program?   

The popular English Program in Korea (EPIK) is a recruitment scheme that places native English speakers into state schools throughout South Korea. The program offers a good salary and a very convenient route into teaching English abroad.

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Can I get a TEFL job in Japan via the JET Program?

Can I get a TEFL job in Japan via the JET Program?   

The JET Program is a very popular way of finding a teaching job in government-run schools across Japan. The program is particularly aimed at young college graduates who want a convenient way to live and work in one of Asia’s most unique cultural environments.

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Can I get a TEFL job in Chile via the English Opens Doors Program?

Can I get a TEFL job in Chile via the English Opens Doors Program?    

The English Opens Doors Program (EODP) is a volunteer recruitment scheme operated by the Chilean government. It aims to place foreign nationals into state schools across the country. This program is particularly popular with new teachers who are looking to gain valuable classroom experience.

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Can I get a TEFL job in Georgia via the Teach and Learn with Georgia Program?

Can I get a TEFL job in Georgia via the Teach and Learn with Georgia Program?   

The Teach and Learn with Georgia program is a volunteer recruitment scheme that has been run by the Georgian government since 2010. The program places native English, French and German speakers into the state school system to work with young learners of all ages.

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Can I get a TEFL job in Hong Kong via the NET Scheme?

Can I get a TEFL job in Hong Kong via the NET Scheme?   

The Native-speaking English Teachers (NET) Scheme is a great way for certified teachers to find a good position in state run schools in Hong Kong. Since 1998, this highly respected scheme has placed thousands of teachers into local schools.

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Can I get a TEFL job in South Korea via the TaLK Program?

Can I get a TEFL job in South Korea via the TaLK Program?   

The Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) Program is essentially a smaller version of the more well known EPIK, both of which recruit foreign nationals to work in elementary schools across South Korea. The big difference is that the TaLK program focuses on placements in rural areas.

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Covid 19 FAQs

How are in-class TEFL courses affected by COVID-19?

How are in-class TEFL courses affected by COVID-19?    

COVID-19 has had a big impact on many avenues of life in recent months, including disrupting some of our in-class TEFL courses. Here we provide the latest update on our training centers and what it might mean for those who have booked a course or are planning to book one in the future.

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When will I receive my hard-copy TEFL certificate?

When will I receive my hard-copy TEFL certificate?   

One area of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has been worldwide postal deliveries. This issue has led to some delays in course graduates receiving their TEFL certificates. However, we are doing all we can to ensure everyone receives their certificate as quickly as possible.

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Are schools still recruiting new teachers?

Are schools still recruiting new teachers?   

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, schools continue to operate in most countries around the world. Although some start dates might have changed, vacant teaching positions are still widely available for TEFL qualified teachers.

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Is now a good time to invest in a TEFL course?

Is now a good time to invest in a TEFL course?   

While it is true that the world economy has taken a big hit during the COVID-19 outbreak, education still remains one of the strongest job sectors worldwide. By taking a TEFL course now you will be perfectly placed to take advantage of worldwide opportunities once restrictions are eased.

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How can you get TEFL certified during the Coronavirus pandemic?

How can you get TEFL certified during the Coronavirus pandemic?   

As there are still some travel restrictions and quarantine rules in place in many countries, the best option currently for most trainees is to take one of our online or combined TEFL courses.

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What is a realistic timeline for TEFL certification & then getting a job teaching English abroad or online?

What is a realistic timeline for TEFL certification & then getting a job teaching English abroad or online?    

This timespan will vary from one trainee to the next as it depends on several factors, such as the specific course you take and your own study speed. However, despite the current pandemic, online teaching jobs and in-class jobs in some countries are still readily available.

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