Although you do need a solid understanding of the English language to complete an online TEFL course, it is not necessary to be a native English speaker. Native and non-native speakers are both equally welcome to join our courses as there are more than enough job vacancies worldwide to suit everyone.
What advantages do non-native English speakers have in the classroom?
As a non-native English speaker you will already have experienced what it is like to be an English student which can be a real help during your teaching career. Often it can help to establish a good rapport in the classroom as your students can feel less afraid to make mistakes in front of a non-native speaking English teacher. It can also give them more of an incentive to succeed when being taught by a teacher who started out in a similar position to themselves. Also, non-native speakers typically have a better grasp of the mechanics of English grammar than many native speakers as they have had to learn every rule and form for themselves rather than develop them naturally.
Which locations are most popular with non-native English teachers?
In many cases, non-native English speakers take a TEFL course and then go on to teach English within their home country. For the teacher this can be a real benefit as they will not have to compete with native speakers for the best jobs and they will often share the same culture and native language as their students. Having a teacher who understands the specific language problems that the class has can also be a real help to the students.
On the other hand, many other TEFL graduates make the decision to head overseas to find work in English language classrooms around the world. Although there are some areas where employers choose or are legally obliged to hire only native English speakers, the demand is so high in many countries that teachers are judged on their classroom skills and personalities rather than their country of origin.