If you like the thought of teaching English, then you’ll also love the opportunities and flexibility TESOL can bring. While private language schools worldwide are the employment staple in the industry, there are a whole host of other possibilities.
We caught up with our intrepid TESOL graduates to discover some of the other popular English teaching options. Take a look at the five different career paths they have chosen below.
1) Business English tutor/trainer
A well-trodden path for many Global English TESOL graduates and ideal if classes teaching classes of kids does not appeal. Our graduates teach business all over the world but especially in the business teaching hot spots of Germany, France, Sweden, UAE and Japan. You may be employed by one company but it is more likely that you will work for a variety of schools on a contractual basis.
Pros: ideal for those who want to teach adults, often 1-1 and earn more per hour.
Cons: less guaranteed work to start. Make sure your cancellation policy is water-tight as busy adults can cancel last minute.
Suggested course: TESOL Master course with Business specialism
Case Study: Nick Ponter, Germany
2) Teacher/assistant in a mainstream school overseas
If you work for a language school, it is likely to be for a commercial business. However, our graduates have been employed in mainstream schools as teachers/assistants in the state sector at schools in Japan, Hungary, S. Korea, Thailand and Hong Kong.
Pros: generally a 10 month or 1 year stable contract and quite well paid.
Cons: not available in every location so do your research.
Suggested course: TESOL Master course or TESOL Premier Plus course with Young Learner specialism
Case study: Erin Levant, Hong Kong
3) Freelance English teacher
Our graduates are setting their own timetables and earning by teaching 1-1. One of the biggest issues is finding students and so leafleting shops, libraries, offering free trial lessons are all ways our entrepreneurial students have made this work. Find out more about how they are earning their livings in Spain, France, Germany, Finland and the UK.
Pros: you set your times, rates and can build a small business of your own
Cons: you need to be in-country. Can be slow to start.
4) Online English teacher
How would you like to teach and earn to students worldwide from the comfort of your living room? That’s what technology and a TESOL certificate has now made possible. From marking Japanese scripts to teaching live over the net 1-1 or 1-6, there are some big international organisations in the online market keen to recruit teachers.
Pros: you can often choose your timetable, and fit this teaching around your lifestyle/another job and usually there is minimal preparation time needed.
Cons: some of the bigger companies do not pay well per hour.
Sugested course: TESOL Premier course with Teaching English Online specialism
Case study: Lea Hook, teaching English online
5) Homestay teacher
You host, cater and teach English in your own home. These programmes are particularly popular in English speaking countries as students come over and immerse themselves in English life, culture and conversation.
Pros: well paid and you can choose your own timetable
Cons: you will need a nice home in a popular or scenic location and plenty of patience and time to devote to your guest
Suggested course: TESOL Professional course
Case study: Lesley Vernon, homestay English teacher UK
Our graduates have also written English language books, started their own language schools, taught in universities, taught English for special purposes; for particular exams or medical English, taught in summer schools, volunteered worldwide or have used EFL teaching to supplement another job abroad!
Whatever teaching path you are thinking of, chances are one of our TESOL graduates has already been there. Chat to us about your teaching ambitions and see how we can help you realise them.
What would be the suggested course to take for a person who plans teaching career in China and has a Bachelor in English Philology? I would like to teach adults either in a language centre or at school.
Thank you !
Thanks for your question. There is huge demand in China. While our level 2 course (70 hours) may be sufficient, I would recommend something more in-depth; either our level 3 (120 hours) or level 4 (150 hours)
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