Teaching English abroad is a great way to immerse yourself into another country's culture as you work within the local community, and gives you an opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of people living within the community. Having a qualification within teaching is also a good way to earn some vital money to fund your travels further.
Although TEFL is well recognised throughout the world there are several terms and acronyms used within different countries.
- TESOL - Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages
- ESL - English as a Second Language
- ELT - English Language Teaching
- TESL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language
- EAL - English as an Additional Language
- ESD - English as a Second Dialect
- EIL - English as an International Language
- EAP - English for Academic Purposes
- ELL - English Language Learner
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Qualifications
There are institutions that provide TEFL qualifications across the world, but there is no internationally recognised independent accrediting organisation that overlooks the issuing of these qualifications. TEFL providers get their certificates accredited by organisations within their region that are able to approve teaching qualifications.
Teaching English in Europe
English is widely regarded as the international language of business and one of the main internal languages used by the EU there is a high demand for teachers in Europe. You will find positions are available in both the private and public sectors.
Teaching English in Hong Kong
The English language is still very important to people in Hong Kong and is taken very seriously. TEFL graduates will find an abundance of part-time teaching positions that pay very well.
Teaching English in Japan
The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) programme offer teachers the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant in Japanese schools.
Teaching English in South Korea
South Korea has a huge demand for TEFL teachers. Employers are often willing to offer high rates of pay and free accommodation in order to secure the services of teachers. South Korea does have a reputation for exploiting foreign teachers, so find yourself a school with a good reputation.
Teaching English in Taiwan
Taiwan has a very well regulated and organised TEFL industry. Teachers can usually find employment in private institutes or ‘bushibans’ which teach younger students for university entrance examinations.
Teaching English in Thailand
Teaching English is often the only way to make money in Thailand. Thailand does have good opportunities for teaching and although salaries are fairly low, people are often attracted by the lifestyle.