Why Study TESOL?
Do you want to travel the world AND get paid for it? Well, what better way to do it than with a TESOL certification! If you’re a native English speaker and you pick up a professional TESOL qualification, you have a definite advantage in finding decent positions overseas. There is a huge demand for English teachers around the world, and particularly in Asia. Through an English language course you will gain the skills needed to teach English to Speakers Of Other Languages (keep in mind this does not require you to know any foreign language yourself!). You will also have the chance to:
• Gain skills needed to confidently teach English
• Teach Business English
• Study at your own pace
• Take a placement in a school, university, company or hospital
Before you jump into the job market, consider where you want to teach with your new skills. Consider the following questions as a guideline:
• Do you want to work within the public or private sector ? (This may be influenced by the location you choose to teach in.)
• Would you prefer to teach in a government school, independent school, an English language school, a private college or at a university?
• In what country to you want to teach English (Do you prefer to remain in Australia, or do you want to travel overseas?)
• What type of student are you looking to teach (This will influence the qualification you choose to complete.)
• Do you want to teach kindergarten, primary, secondary, tertiary, adult learners, migrants or refugees or international students?
• While asking yourself these questions, consider your qualification level and prior experience to ensure you find the best job for you!
Where to Teach with Your TESOL Qualification?
As a TESOL graduate, you will be in huge demand across the globe, however, none more than Asia. Asian countries have some of the world’s fastest growing economies and the need to learn English is huge.
• China: Massive growth in the demand for TESOL qualified teachers
• Indonesia: Huge demand within the oil business in cities like Jakarta, TESOL graduates are also needed in Sumatra and Bali where the tourism industry is booming.
• Japan: Holds some of the highest salaries in Asia. A large amount of jobs and excellent working conditions and one of the worlds top TESOL destinations.
• South Korea: Demand for TESOL graduates in Korea has increased steadily, Korea offers high wages and good working conditions.
• Thailand: One of the strongest economies in the region mean Thailand is a top destination for TESOL certified students.
In Africa, many TESOL jobs can be found in the volunteer sector or private language schools within the major cities.
• South Africa: In South Africa, English is spoken as a second language so paid jobs are typically reserved for highly trained teachers or those with extensive TESOL experience.
• Turkey: Turkey’s bond with Europe has seen a huge increase in the demand for English speaking and individuals with TESOL certifications.
• Czech Republic: Prague is one of the top TESOL destinations and boasts a low cost of living.
• Spain: There are many jobs available in Spain to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages for those who have graduated from a TESOL course. There is heavy focus on one-on-one teaching.
• Italy: With increases in European business English as become more important than ever before with many children taking TESOL English lessons after school.
• France: Many small and large cities have English language schools and as France focuses heavily on TESOL and English training so job prospects are good.
• Greece: Many school aged kids are required to take English lessons at private language schools meaning there are many TESOL opportunities available to individuals with a TESOL certification.
• Argentina: With a strong economy, this is one of the favored TESOL teaching places in all of South America. There are many TESOL jobs and work visa requirements are relaxed.
• Brazil: With a booming economy, Brazil has a huge demand for individuals with TESOL certifications and boasts many English language training schools.
• Costa Rica: Costa Rica is one of the best locations for TESOL teachers. With strong ties to the U.S English teachers for this Central American country are highly valued.
• Ecuador: The number of English teaching jobs is steadily growing every year. Ecuador is a huge tourist destination which places demand on ESOL teachers.
TEFL, TESL, EFL, ESOL or TESOL Courses
What’s The Difference?
TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language and includes both TESL and TEFL. However, TESL refers to Teaching English as a Second Language and generally programs are taught in English-speaking countries where students first language is not English. TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and these programs are generally taught in countries where English is not the primary language.
Glossary of TESOL terms
You may or may not already be familiar with these, but with all the acronyms I have been throwing around I have included the most commonly used TESOL terms.
• CELTA: Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, administered by the University of Cambridge and is a branded TEFL course.
• TESOL: Teaching English to speakers of other languages and requires specialised training.
• EFL: English as a foreign language. English language programs in non-English-speaking countries where English is not used.
• IEP: Intensive English program.
• EAP: English for academic purposes.
• ESP: English for specific purposes.
• ESL: English as a second language. Taught in countries where students learn English as a second language.
• TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language. International exam for international students applying to higher education.
• ESOL: English to speakers of other languages. Used to designate ESL classes within adult basic education programs and as a general term for ESL/EFL.
• TESL: Teaching English as a second language — often used to refer to teacher education programs in ESL.
• LEP: Limited English proficient — often used to describe the language skills of students in ESL or EFL programs.
• TEFL: Teaching English as a foreign language — often used to refer to teacher education programs in EFL.
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