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 a TEFL employer?

What questions should I ask a TEFL employer?   

To decide whether a job is right for you it is essential to get as much information as possible during the interview. You should be clear on areas such as salary, working hours, class size, student's age, and the resources available to you in the classroom.

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What will a TEFL employer ask in an interview?

What will a TEFL employer ask in an interview?   

Although every interview will be different, there are several common areas of questioning that you are likely to come across. These include questions relating to your personality, work history, plans for the future, and how you would plan and deliver your lessons in the classroom.

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How do I apply for TEFL jobs?

How do I apply for TEFL jobs?   

There is no single best method when applying for TEFL jobs as it can depend on several factors. The main options are to apply and interview for jobs before leaving home either independently or through a recruitment agency, or travel to your destination and interview in person.

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Where are the best places to teach English abroad?

Where are the best places to teach English abroad?   

Once TEFL qualified you will have a wide choice of fantastic destinations to choose from. Due to a high demand for teachers in many countries, Asia is by far the most popular region. Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East also have significant opportunities for ESL teachers.

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How long does it take to get a TEFL job?

How long does it take to get a TEFL job?   

This question is difficult to answer as it depends on many factors, such as the time of year and the country you are considering. The attitude of the teacher will also be significant. Ultimately, those who are determined to hunt down a job will usually achieve quick results.

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How long do TEFL contracts last?

How long do TEFL contracts last?   

Contracts vary from school to school but the most common requirement for public schools is a contract that covers an academic year, while private language schools generally cover a full calendar year. Summer language camps and some private employers also offer short term contracts.

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How do I get a job teaching English in South Korea?

How do I get a job teaching English in South Korea?   

The government backed EPIK Program offers a convenient way to organize a teaching job in South Korea from within your own country. You will also find plenty of independent jobs advertised online, as well as recruitment companies who can arrange employment free of charge.

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How do I get a job teaching English in China?

How do I get a job teaching English in China?   

The most common approach for finding a teaching job in China is to contact recruitment companies who organize all the details such as visas and work permits before you leave your own country. Many employers also advertise independently via online job boards and other teaching related websites.

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How do I get a job teaching English in Japan?

How do I get a job teaching English in Japan?   

Through the government sponsored JET Program, as well as many other independent recruitment companies, you can make all the arrangements for teaching in Japan before you leave home. Teachers within the country are also in a good position as employers are always keen to interview in person.

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How do I get a job teaching English in Thailand?

How do I get a job teaching English in Thailand?   

Jobs can be found in government schools and private language academies in many parts of Thailand. The majority of employers prefer to meet applicants in person rather than posting jobs online, and most will also require a university degree and a TEFL qualification.

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How is teaching English in Asia different from teaching English in Latin America?

How is teaching English in Asia different from teaching English in Latin America?   

There are many differences between teaching English in Asia and teaching English in Latin America, including the typical method of recruitment, how much you can earn and save during your stay, and the type of atmosphere to expect in the classroom.

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Can I teach English as a foreign language online?

Can I teach English as a foreign language online?   

Across all forms of education, online learning has become a huge business in recent years. Teaching English as a foreign language is no exception, with opportunities for TEFL qualified teachers continuing to rise year-on-year. For many people it can be a great way to earn money without heading overseas.

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Can I teach English as a foreign language in Russia?

Can I teach English as a foreign language in Russia?   

As it is the largest country in the world and stretches across eleven time zones from Poland in the west to China in the east, it is no surprise that there are plenty of great opportunities for teaching English as a foreign language in Russia.

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Where can I teach English abroad without a university degree?

Where can I teach English abroad without a university degree?   

If you want to teach English abroad and you do not have a 4-year degree there are still plenty of great destinations to choose from. Most countries in Latin America have no such restrictions, while popular countries such as Spain, Italy, and China are also great options.

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How do I find a job teaching English in France?

How do I find a job teaching English in France?   

If you are considering France as a destination for teaching English abroad, then you are sure to have a few questions. When is the best time to arrive? Do I need a visa? Do employers expect a TEFL certificate? How much money will I need?

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Can couples or friends teach English abroad together?

Can couples or friends teach English abroad together?   

Yes, it is certainly possible for couples or friends to share the experience of teaching English abroad. With a bit of research and planning in advance, there is nothing to stop you heading off together to live and work as English language teachers in the country of your choice.

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How will I find a place to live when I teach English abroad?

How will I find a place to live when I teach English abroad?   

Whether you prefer the privacy of your own apartment, the cost effectiveness of house sharing, or the home comforts of living with a host family, there are likely to be several options to choose from wherever you intend teaching English abroad.

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Who will my students be when teaching English abroad?

Who will my students be when teaching English abroad?   

As there are many different reasons for learning the English language, there is no typical classroom environment for ESL teachers. Depending on the employer, your class could be full of five-year-old children, university students, or executives from the corporate world.

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Where do schools provide free housing for English teachers abroad?

Where do schools provide free housing for English teachers abroad?   

In some countries it is common for English teaching jobs to come with a range of benefits, including free or subsidized housing. You are most likely to find housing benefits in countries across Asia and the Middle East, although they can be offered by individual employers anywhere in the world.

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Where do schools provide free airfare for English teachers abroad?

Where do schools provide free airfare for English teachers abroad?   

In some countries it is common practice to hire teachers before they arrive in the country. In these situations the job often comes with other benefits besides the standard salary, including return airfares. By securing one of these positions you can seriously reduce your start up costs for teaching abroad.

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What are the start-up costs for teaching English abroad?

What are the start-up costs for teaching English abroad?   

Although most teachers earn a comfortable salary, there are inevitably some initial costs that you will need to cover before you earn your first paycheck. The amount will vary considerably depending on your destination but will typically include airfares, accommodation, meals, and other living expenses.

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Are public or private schools better for teaching English in South Korea?

Are public or private schools better for teaching English in South Korea?   

Many thousands of teachers head to South Korea every year to work in public schools or private language academies. Both types of school have pros and cons so the choice is often down to personal preference. Potential areas of difference include salaries, working hours, and class sizes.

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Can I choose where I teach English abroad?

Can I choose where I teach English abroad?   

By completing a good quality TEFL course you will acquire a qualification that is accepted in virtually every country in the world. Whether you plan to head overseas or stay closer to home, a TEFL certificate allows you to apply for jobs in almost any area you choose.

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Can I cancel my contract early when teaching English abroad?

Can I cancel my contract early when teaching English abroad?   

When teaching English abroad there is always a chance that unforeseen circumstances could force you to break your contract. While this might result in the loss of certain bonuses, there are unlikely to be any major consequences if you feel you have no choice but to leave your position early.

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Where do schools interview and hire English teachers in advance?

Where do schools interview and hire English teachers in advance?   

When looking to teach English abroad you can either go through the hiring process on arrival, or you can complete it in advance before you leave home. Securing a position before leaving home is possible for many popular teaching destinations worldwide, particularly across Asia and the Middle East.

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What are the hiring seasons for teaching English abroad?

What are the hiring seasons for teaching English abroad?   

As the market for English language teachers covers so many countries, there are many different hiring seasons. If you have decided on your preferred country, knowing the right time to look for employment is one of the main ways to ensure you have the pick of the best jobs.

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What types of school hire English teachers abroad?

What types of school hire English teachers abroad?   

As the market for teaching English abroad is so vast, the variety of jobs available is truly staggering. In countries all over the world you will find positions in private language academies, public schools, universities, and summer language camps, to name just a few.

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Should I pay for a job placement teaching English abroad?

Should I pay for a job placement teaching English abroad?   

One option for securing a position teaching English abroad is to use a job placement service that will make all the arrangements for you in exchange for a fee. However, there are a few reasons why this might not be the best approach.

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Can I teach English in an English-speaking country?

Can I teach English in an English-speaking country?   

On completion of a TEFL course many teachers start a new adventure living and working in a foreign culture, for others it offers the chance to work in a familiar English speaking environment. Although this is a valid option, there are still a few things to consider.

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How do I find a job teaching English in Spain?

How do I find a job teaching English in Spain?   

If you are thinking about teaching English in Spain, you will undoubtedly have a few questions on your mind. When should I arrive in the country? What is the best visa for me? Is a TEFL certificate necessary? How much money will I need?

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How do I prepare for an interview for teaching English abroad?

How do I prepare for an interview for teaching English abroad?   

While most people find interviews to be a nerve-wracking experience, if you prepare in advance you can give yourself a great head start. By following a few simple rules regarding appearance, language, and knowledge of your subject you should be able to impress the interviewer and secure the job.

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Where can I teach English abroad as a non-native speaker?

Where can I teach English abroad as a non-native speaker?   

Teaching English is a popular way to earn money while living outside your home country. Although there are some countries where English teaching jobs are reserved strictly for native English speakers, there are still plenty of good options for TEFL qualified teachers who don't speak English as a first language.

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How do I find a job teaching English in Latin America?

How do I find a job teaching English in Latin America?   

If you plan to find a job teaching English in Latin America you need to be aware of which destinations offer the biggest market for foreign teachers, the best time of year to go, what visas are required, and how much it will all cost.

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Where are the best places for teaching English in China?

Where are the best places for teaching English in China?   

With a population of 1.3 billion there are countless destinations to choose from, from the Pacific Coast in the east to the Tibetan Plateau in the west. Each region has its own attractions but one thing they have in common is the promise of a once in a lifetime experience.

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Which are the best Spanish speaking countries for teaching English abroad?

Which are the best Spanish speaking countries for teaching English abroad?   

Spanish speaking countries offer some of the best destinations in the world for teaching English abroad. Spain itself has a large market for foreign teachers in towns and cities across the country, as do over a dozen other countries throughout Latin America.

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How can I avoid scams when looking for TEFL jobs?

How can I avoid scams when looking for TEFL jobs?   

Travelling overseas to teach may be the best move you ever make, but how do you know that the advertised job is legitimate? Thankfully the vast majority of advertised positions are genuine, but to avoid the small number that are not, there are a few rules that you can follow.

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Can I teach English as a foreign language in Africa?

Can I teach English as a foreign language in Africa?   

Absolutely. Although you will not find as many well paid ESL teaching jobs in Africa as you would find in other areas such as Asia, South America or Europe, there are still plenty of good opportunities available across the continent.

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How do I find a job teaching English in Italy?

How do I find a job teaching English in Italy?   

If you plan to find a job teaching English in Italy there are a few questions to consider. When is the best time to find work? Will I need a visa? Is a TEFL certificate required? How much will it cost?

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Can Americans teach English in Europe?

Can Americans teach English in Europe?   

While you will find Americans teaching in large numbers across Asia and Latin America, Europe is still the number one choice for many. Although U.S citizens are not free to turn up and teach in any country they want, there are still plenty of great destinations to choose from.

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TEFL & TESOL Salary

How much can I earn teaching English abroad?

How much can I earn teaching English abroad?   

Regions such as the Middle East and Asia offer the potential to earn salaries as high as $5,000 USD per month. Other areas such as Europe and Latin America have less in the way of high paying jobs but are still popular due to the culture and lifestyle.

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Can I make money as a private tutor while teaching English abroad?

Can I make money as a private tutor while teaching English abroad?   

It is common for teachers to earn extra income by working as a private tutor in their spare time. It is a convenient option as you are free to set your own hours and fees, and if you find enough clients you can even turn it into a full-time business.

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Will I get health insurance when teaching English abroad?

Will I get health insurance when teaching English abroad?   

Health insurance is often included when working overseas, but it is certainly not a given. Before you sign a contract it is important to be clear on whether you will be covered, and for what situations, so you can make your own arrangements if necessary.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Spain?

How much can I earn teaching English in Spain?   

Spain is one of the top destinations in Europe for teaching English abroad. Although the average salary of ?700 to ?1,800 EUR per month is not high compared with some other popular destinations, the warm climate and laidback lifestyle are enough to attract tens of thousands of teachers every year.

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How much can I earn teaching English in the United Arab Emirates?

How much can I earn teaching English in the United Arab Emirates?   

Salaries in the UAE can be as high as anywhere in the world, and with typically generous benefit packages, it is easy to see why it attracts thousands of international teachers every year. Salaries are often tax-free and range from $2,500 to $5,500 USD per month.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Japan?

How much can I earn teaching English in Japan?   

Japan is one of Asia's more traditional destinations for teaching English abroad, and still one of the most lucrative. Depending on experience and qualifications, you can expect to earn between $2,000 and $6,000 USD per month teaching English as a foreign language.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Taiwan?

How much can I earn teaching English in Taiwan?   

Taiwan is sometimes overlooked as a teaching destination due to its relatively small size in comparison to its neighbors. However, due to a strong demand throughout the country, foreign teachers can reasonably expect to earn at least $2,000 USD per month, even without any previous experience.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Saudi Arabia?

How much can I earn teaching English in Saudi Arabia?   

Saudi Arabia always has plenty of teaching positions offering high salaries and generous benefit packages. The majority of positions require specific qualifications and a considerable amount of classroom experience, but for those who meet the criteria, salaries ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 USD per month are common.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Thailand?

How much can I earn teaching English in Thailand?   

Thailand has long been a popular stop on the Southeast Asia backpacking trail and a significant number of visitors stay on and teach English. Depending on qualifications and experience, teachers can typically earn around $1,000 to $1,500 USD per month which should be enough to live a comfortable lifestyle.

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How much can I earn teaching English in Cambodia?

How much can I earn teaching English in Cambodia?   

Salaries in Cambodia are modest in comparison with China, South Korea, and Japan, however, a low cost of living means it is possible to live comfortably on a teacher's pay. Salaries vary but an inexperienced teacher can reasonably expect to earn around $1,000 to $1,200 USD per month.

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How much can I earn teaching English in South Korea?

How much can I earn teaching English in South Korea?   

South Korea has plenty to offer foreign teachers, including some of the highest salaries to be found anywhere in Asia. Many positions also come with added benefits such as paid airfares and free housing, which all add up to a generous income that should allow a very comfortable lifestyle.

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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 I get a work visa to teach English in Germany?

Can I get a work visa to teach English in Germany?   

While there are numerous opportunities for language teachers in towns and cities across Germany, it is not always easy for non-Europeans to secure a visa that allows them to stay long-term. However, it is certainly possible if you are able to meet the specified criteria.

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Can I get a work visa to teach English in the Czech Republic?

Can I get a work visa to teach English in the Czech Republic?   

Yes. One of the main reasons why the Czech Republic draws such a large number of teachers from countries all over the world is that it is possible for many nationalities to secure a work visa that allows them to stay in the country long-term.

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What visa do I need to teach English in Spain?

What visa do I need to teach English in Spain?   

Spain is a popular destination for teaching English abroad as it always has a wide choice of jobs on offer, particularly in cities such as Barcelona and Madrid. For most non-EU citizens it is common practice to enter the country on a 90-day tourist visa.

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What visa do I need to teach English in Costa Rica?

What visa do I need to teach English in Costa Rica?   

If you choose Costa Rica as your destination you should check with your nearest Costa Rican Embassy for the most up-to-date visa information before getting on a plane. Currently, it is common practice for most foreign teachers to enter the country on a 90-day tourist visa.

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How do I apply for a student visa to legally teach English in France?

How do I apply for a student visa to legally teach English in France?   

Teachers from all over the world flock to France to take advantage of all that the country has to offer, including a strong demand for English language instruction. For those who want to stay for the long term, applying for a student visa might be a valid option.

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How do I apply for a student visa to legally teach English in Spain?

How do I apply for a student visa to legally teach English in Spain?   

Spain is one of the top destinations in Europe for teaching English abroad and there are various options when it comes to entry visas, depending on your nationality. For some a student visa might be a good choice as it can be arranged before you leave home.

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How do I apply for a student visa to legally teach English in Italy?

How do I apply for a student visa to legally teach English in Italy?   

There are always plenty of job opportunities for first time and experienced teachers in towns and cities across Italy. However, long term visas are not easy to secure for some nationalities so applying for a student visa before leaving home might be a good option.

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Can I teach English abroad without a work visa?

Can I teach English abroad without a work visa?   

Securing a work visa can be relatively straightforward in some countries, while in others it can be almost impossible. That said, in many countries where work visas are hard to come by, it is common practice for teachers to work on a tourist visa, or with no visa at all.

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What documents will I need to teach English abroad?

What documents will I need to teach English abroad?   

The documentation needed when applying for jobs teaching English abroad can vary depending on the destination and the employer. To avoid the inconvenience of being stuck overseas without the paperwork required by employers or the immigration office, you should do as much research as possible before leaving home.

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Do I need a visa to teach English abroad?

Do I need a visa to teach English abroad?   

It is vital that you research the visa requirements of the country where you plan to work in advance of your departure. In some countries you can simply turn up at the airport and enter on a tourist visa, while others require you to apply for a visa in advance.

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Do I need a passport to teach English abroad?

Do I need a passport to teach English abroad?   

If you are planning to head overseas to teach English, one of the most important things to check in advance is that you have a valid passport. Without an up-to-date passport your dream of living and working abroad will remain just that, a dream!

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Can I get a work visa to teach English in Mexico?

Can I get a work visa to teach English in Mexico?   

Yes, for the majority of foreign nationals teaching English in Mexico it is relatively straightforward to apply for a visa that allows them to stay in the country long-term. By obtaining an official work visa you will also receive other benefits including access to the national healthcare system.

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Job Placement

What is the TAPIF Program for teaching English in France?

What is the TAPIF Program for teaching English in France?   

One of the most popular and convenient ways to secure a job teaching English abroad is to apply for a government recruitment program that places teachers into public schools. The TAPIF Program offers a great opportunity for native English speakers to live and work as language teachers in France.

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What is the Central European Teaching Program (CETP) for teaching English in Hungary?

What is the Central European Teaching Program (CETP) for teaching English in Hungary?   

The Central European Teaching Program (CETP) is a scheme run throughout Hungary that places native English speakers in state run or private schools to work as language teachers. Unlike similar programs in other European countries, the CETP requires a placement fee that must be paid in advance.

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What is the Cultural Ambassadors Program for teaching English in Spain?

What is the Cultural Ambassadors Program for teaching English in Spain?   

The Cultural Ambassadors Program is a government run scheme that places foreign nationals into public schools to work as teaching assistants. The program offers Americans and Canadians a fascinating opportunity to live and work in Spain with none of the hassles that come with applying and interviewing for jobs independently.

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What is the EPIK program for teaching English in South Korea?

What is the EPIK program for teaching English in South Korea?   

The English Program in Korea (EPIK) is a government run scheme that places native English speakers into South Korean schools with the specific aim of improving the language skills of children and teachers. The program allows you to enjoy a fascinating cultural experience while also gaining valuable classroom experience.

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What is the JET Program for teaching English in Japan?

What is the JET Program for teaching English in Japan?   

The JET Program is a recruitment scheme that places foreigners into Japanese schools in order to improve language abilities and to promote international relations. The program is primarily aimed at young college graduates who have a desire to experience living and working in this fascinating and unique country.

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What is the English Opens Doors Program for teaching English in Chile?

What is the English Opens Doors Program for teaching English in Chile?   

The English Opens Doors Program (EODP) is a government run scheme that places volunteers into schools across Chile to promote English language skills among young people. The program offers a great opportunity for novice teachers to gain experience in one of the most popular teaching destinations in Latin America.

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What is the Teach and Learn with Georgia Program for teaching English in Georgia?

What is the Teach and Learn with Georgia Program for teaching English in Georgia?   

Teach and Learn with Georgia is a program initiated by the Georgian government in 2010. The program places native English, French and German speakers into public schools across the country with the aim of improving foreign language proficiency amongst students, teachers and the wider community.

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What is the NET Scheme for teaching English in Hong Kong?

What is the NET Scheme for teaching English in Hong Kong?   

The Native-speaking English Teachers (NET) Scheme places certified foreign teachers into state schools in Hong Kong to work as English language teachers. Since 1998 the scheme has employed thousands of teachers and it is now seen as an integral part of the country's education system.

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What is the TaLK Program for teaching English in South Korea?

What is the TaLK Program for teaching English in South Korea?   

The Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) Program is a South Korean Government initiative that places foreign nationals into elementary schools to work as English language teachers. The program is similar to the larger EPIK Program; however, placements through this scheme are focused on rural rather than urban areas.

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