Opportunities and jobs are available for teachers but it will determined primarily from your background, experience, and interests as well as your choice of geographic location. It is wise to select a teaching job that best fits your needs and interests. For example, if you prefer to teach English as a second language or teach a specific subject (such as health or politics). For teaching a particular subject, more than likely you will need to be certified to teach that subject in your native country. If teaching english, job opportunities are excellent to teach English as a foreign language.
FAQ's on Teaching Acronyms
TEFL means Teaching English as a Foreign Language
TESL means Teaching English as a Second Language
TESOL means Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages
ESL means English as a Second Language
Teaching a Subject Area
In general, international private schools prefer a person who has a bachelor's degree and a certificate to teach a specific subject. It is best to have a year of more of experience to qualify. If you do not then your choices are narrowed down.
In countries that are poorer, certification is not a limitation. So, you may want to consider less developed countries if that is what you want to do.
Better paying positions are usually at international schools which can be found on military bases, in larger cities, and other places where there is a good population of Americans. It is very common to teach subject courses to American kids who are living abroad.
Teaching English as a Second Language Overseas
There are many instances where you will not be required to have a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate to secure a position teaching English.
If you are a native speaker and have the drive and enthusiasm to teach in a international country that may be all that is needed. Although, a TEFL certificate can offer you more job options, specifically in Europe.
Teaching jobs in Europe can be quite challenging to secure due to the European community having a preference for British English. Americans interested in European TEFL positions should seriously think about studying at a British teacher training school. After successfully completing the course and receiving a certificate or diploma, your new credentials will be more fully accepted by the European countries.
A TEFL certificate is typically required by language schools internationally and also recognized by corporations. it is best to research your target country where you want to pursue teaching english in regards to pay, subsidies, benefits, working hours and more.
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