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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Published on: January 24, 2014
There are many myths about teaching English as a foreign language which may put you off starting an adventure of a lifetime. BUT, have no fear – we are here to address these myths so you can put your mind at rest and get cracking!
1) TEFL doesn’t just involve teaching young children
Yes, the highest demand for people who are TEFL qualified is probably for teaching young children. However this does NOT in any way mean you will find it difficult to get a job teaching English to people of other ages. There is an increasingly high demand for people who can teach business English in the Middle East as well as teaching one-to-one in Asia. It all depends on your preference but one thing to keep in mind is that there is ALWAYS going to be people wanting/needing to learn English.
2) You don’t need to be able to speak the native language to teach in your country of choice
Many people think you have to know the local language of the destination you want to teach English as a foreign language in…wrong ,wrong, wrong! One of the main reasons schools and institutions abroad want native English speakers as teachers is because they want English to be spoken all the time in the classroom. Obviously knowing a little bit of the local language such as “please” and “thank you” wouldn’t be a disadvantage to you but you will easily pick up bits when you are out there.
3) You won’t be taking the local’s work
The whole point of you going to teach English abroad is to help the locals – not take their jobs! For you to teach the local people English will hopefully hugely benefit them in getting a suitable job (there is nothing more satisfying than seeing this happen!)
4) Teaching English as a Foreign Language is a great way to improve your employability when you return home (if you ever do!)
Anything from the teaching, the travelling, the learning about new cultures and experiencing them, to meeting new people, the satisfaction of knowing you’re making a difference to people’s lives and just how different living the TEFL life can be will all benefit you greatly for future employment. The skills you will develop are ones that will stay with you forever and shape you as a person, and you can pretty much guarantee it will make you stand out from the crowd!
5) TEFL isn’t just for young people
Some people who quite like the sound of teaching English as a foreign language think they are too old (you’re never too old!). Perhaps you want to go travelling and see places that you never got a chance to when you were younger – well TEFL could be a great way to fund this!
So, we hope we have helped you overcome some of your TEFL fears…now all there is to do is to start you TEFL journey today!