If you like to travel, and you enjoy teaching English, you can combine these two interests. Experiencing a foreign culture, and sharing you knowledge of experience can be a fulfilling experience. Be prepared to make a time investment of at least a year. Recent studies have found that it takes two to four years to develop conversational skills in a new language. Acquiring academic language skills in a new language can take five to seven years. Starting students on this process can be an experience you will cherish all your life.
Here’s a guide to teaching English overseas-
- Speak with people who are already in the field. Try to locate others who are teaching English in the country you want to work in.
- A Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate will be useful wherever you apply, so take the time required to get one. Highlight this on your resume, after you get your certification.
- Be prepared to work within the existing system when you teach abroad. As an outsider, your efforts to initiate change, although well meant, may be misinterpreted.
- You should know the language of the country you’re going to teach in. This will show your openness to experience and willingness to learn to your employer.
- Assimilate yourself and your family in the local culture. You can volunteer at the local church, teach business English, and find other ways of contributing to the community.
- Research online, buy books on the subject before you decide to enter this profession. Volunteering at teacher conferences can help you network and enhance your resume.
- Contribute to industry journals, or review works by peers. Doing so will help you get noticed, start conversations, and give you job leads.
- Enhancing your education qualifications is a step towards getting your dream job overseas. If you have a bachelor’s degree, work towards your master’s, even if distance learning is the only available option.
- Ensure that you are adequately prepared for your interview. Research your employer before you meet them, and have a salary figure in mind in case they ask you for one.
Teaching English overseas is in demand, but with prior preparation you can land the job you want. Monitoring specialist job sites will alert you of employers looking for teachers in the country you wish to work in.
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