What Kind of TESOL Job Opportunities Are There?From Beijing to Bangkok and Buenos Aires to Berlin, hundreds of millions of people are learning English. With a recognised TESOL certificate from i-to-i, you’ll be able to find work with 1,000s of schools and language institutes worldwide. This page will give you an introduction to the types of TESOL jobs that are out there, where you can find them and what type of TESOL training you’ll need.
Teaching English to Young Learners
Many parents see learning English as one of the most important parts of their child’s education. Because of this, teaching young learners is one of the biggest TESOL job markets on the planet and there are opportunities to teach children in most countries. Young learners are usually aged between six and 12. Our specialist TESOL certificate in Teaching Young Learners should come in handy if you fancy teaching kids.
Teaching Business English
English is the language of international trade, diplomacy and commerce. This leads to a huge demand for TESOL teachers, especially those with a TESOL certificate, and some training in Teaching Business English. Most major industry and commerce is centred around large cities in wealthy countries. So the best opportunities for teaching business English are to be found in China, South Korea, the Middle Eastern Gulf States and the European Union. Our specialist TESOL certificate in Teaching Business English could open up loads of opportunities in this lucrative market.
Private English tutoring, or teaching English one-to-one, is a great way to earn extra a little extra money on top of your main TESOL job. However, teaching one student for an hour can be challenging, as there is little scope to ‘relax’ while your students do group work as you would in a normal class. Our specialist TESOL certificate in Teach English One-to-One will help you learn the tricks of the trade.
Teaching English In Schools
There are two main types of schools you can teach in: Public Schools Because these schools are government-run, they offer a reliable and (hopefully!) well organised teaching environment. You’ll have the chance to teach kids aged anywhere from four to 18. The wages are normally pretty competitive and there’s little chance of getting ripped off.
Private Language Institutes Most major cities across Europe, Latin America and Asia have a number of private language schools. When working for private schools you’ll need to do a little research to make sure you find a reputable school. The top private schools offer great benefits: a stable income, a regular working week, a long-term contract and, in many cases, a slightly higher salary than in public schools.
Teaching English in Universities
TESOL jobs in universities are considered by many to be among the best English teaching jobs available. The working conditions are good, the wages are a little higher than in private and public schools, and the students are well educated and usually already have a decent level of English. In many countries, university jobs are reserved for people with higher degrees (MA/MSc), higher-level TESOL certificates or DELTAs and teaching experience. But it’s worth checking the local job sites and newspapers once you arrive in-country.
Teaching English for Specific Purposes
Teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP) is often divided into EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and EOP (English for Occupational Purposes). ESP is further divided up into business English, professional English (e.g. teaching English to doctors and lawyers) and vocational English (e.g. teaching English for tourism, nursing and specific industries). English for Academic Purposes (EAP) usually revolves around teaching students to use English in order to study. It’s a branch of TESOL that has grown in recent years due to the number of students taking on higher-level studies in English.
Obviously, conversational English lessons focus on spoken English rather than grammar and written English. Teaching conversational English can be a good way for less experienced TESOL teachers to get into teaching English overseas.
If you have little previous teaching experience, or you’re more interested in making a difference than making a pile of cash, volunteer teaching is a good choice. It also offers you the chance to travel to places way off the beaten track, build up your CV and improve your employment prospects.
TESOL Jobs and Opportunities to Teach English OverseasThe explosion of English as the global language of business, tourism and politics means there are opportunities to teach English in almost every country on the planet.
TESOL Opportunities in Europe
The European Union is one of the world’s biggest players in international business, so there is a huge demand for people with English language skills. This demand drives a lucrative TESOL jobs market all across Europe. Qualified TESOL teachers are needed everywhere from Lisbon to St Petersburg and Athens to Oslo.
Competition for TESOL jobs in Europe can be pretty fierce, so if you’re thinking of teaching English in Europe you should take one of our top-end courses such as the 120 Hour Online TEFL Course or the 140 Hour Combined TESOL Course.
TESOL Opportunities in Asia
Asia is widely regarded as one of the world’s top TESOL job destinations. This is mainly due to the fact that there are hundreds of millions of people learning English in Asia and they all need TESOL teachers. In fact, in China alone there are believed to be over 400million people learning English!Learn more
TESOL Opportunities in Africa
First things first, you won’t earn a fortune teaching English in Africa. However, if making a difference to people’s lives and having a full-on TESOL adventure is more important to you than having a huge bank balance, teaching English in Africa could be the perfect choice for you.Learn more
TESOL Opportunities in Middle East
The oil-rich Gulf States of the Middle East have some of the most lucrative TESOL job markets on the planet. There is a huge demand for English teachers with recognised TESOL qualifications and the wages on offer are very high.
Most employers in these areas require some previous experience, while places such as Turkey and Egypt offer opportunities for people with less teaching experience.
TESOL Opportunities in Latin America
The demand for TESOL teachers in Latin America is getting larger all the time, as local people try to get a foothold in international business and tourism through a knowledge of English language. Most TESOL job opportunities can be found in major cities such as Sao Paulo, Quito and Mexico City.Learn more