What Kind of TEFL Job Opportunities Are There?With 1000s of English learners in France, from business people to school children, there are opportunities to teach English in all kinds of different settings. As long as you have a recognised TEFL certificate, you'll have no problems finding work, either in France or even further afield. Here you can find an introduction to the wide variety of TEFL jobs, where you can find them and what qualification you’ll need for them.
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 TEFL 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 TEFL 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 TEFL teachers, especially those with a TEFL 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 the European Union, China, South Korea and the Middle Eastern Gulf States. Our specialist TEFL 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 TEFL job, or can even be a job in itself. 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 TEFL certificate in Teaching 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: State 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 state schools.
Teaching English in Universities
TEFL 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 state 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 TEFL 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 TEFL that has grown in recent years due to the number of students taking on higher-level studies in English.
Teaching conversational English is a great option if you want to start teaching English, but are nervous about getting to grips with grammar. In conversational English classes your sole aim is to get your students talking, so that means lots of games, group work and activities.
If you have little previous teaching experience, or you’re more interested in making a difference than 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 TEFL employment prospects.
TEFL Jobs and Opportunities to Teach English OverseasThe explosion of English as the global language of business and politics means there are opportunities to teach English in almost every country on the planet.
TEFL Opportunities in Europe
From Paris to Prague, English is becoming increasingly important - for business and for tourism. As such, the demand for native English speakers to help people improve their English is booming.
Competition for TEFL 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 TEFL Course or the 140 Hour Combined TEFL Course.Learn more
TEFL Opportunities in Asia
With literally millions of English learners, Asia is widely regarded as one of the world’s top TEFL destinations. It's the perfect place to teach if you're keen to experience other cultures and want a wide choice of jobs.Learn more
TEFL Opportunities in Africa
While teaching in Africa won't make you rich, it does have other rewards. If making a difference to people’s lives and having a full-on TEFL 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
TEFL Opportunities in Middle East
With high demand and even higher wages, the oil-rich Gulf States of the Middle East are a very attractive prospect for TEFL teachers.
Most employers in these areas require some previous experience, while places such as Turkey and Egypt offer opportunities for people with less teaching experience.Learn more
TEFL Opportunities in Latin America
The demand for TEFL 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 the English language. Most TEFL job opportunities can be found in major cities such as Sao Paulo, Quito and Mexico City.Learn more