Are you feeling a bit stuck in the mud at the moment? Trapped on a hamster wheel? Caught in the rat race? Deep down you probably know this already, but it sounds like it might be time for a change. And we’ve got just the solution for you.
You might have heard of this little thing called TEFL. It’s teaching English as a Foreign Language, and we’re here to tell you that despite its reputation, it’s not just for high school graduates or gap years or backpackers.
Anyone at any age can teach English as a Foreign Language abroad, and it might be just what you are looking for.
Maybe you’re in a career which turned out very differently to what you expected. Maybe you’ve been in the same job for a few years and you’re just looking for a break. Or maybe you want to reinvent yourself with a fresh start.
If that sounds like you, then we’re going to say it again: teaching English as a Foreign Language might be for you.
But what if I have no teaching experience, we hear you say?
No worries, because that’s what a TEFL course is for.
A TEFL course is a course which is at least 168 hours. It can be completed online or face-to-face or it could be a combination of both. Any TEFL course worth its salt – and you must make sure you sign up with an internationally-recognised, accredited TEFL provider – will teach you everything you need to know to be able to walk into a classroom and teach English to anyone.
Teaching methods, theories of learning, lesson planning, classroom management, English grammar – you name it, you’ll cover it in the course. Plus if your course has a practical component you’ll be able to put that theory into practice in the classroom.
Once you’re qualified, all you need to do is check out a resource like the World Factbook 2021 from the friendly folks at The TEFL Academy in order to decide where you’d like to teach. There are hundreds of countries that welcome TEFL teachers with open arms – with a TEFL certificate, the world truly is your oyster.
But you could also decide to teach online. This could mean teaching from the comfort of your couch – or living room or home office – or it could mean moving abroad and teaching from anywhere: as long you have a stable internet connection, a good laptop or desktop with a microphone or headset and a quiet space, you can teach from a beach in Bali or a house in the Hamptons – it’s totally up to you.
The beauty of being a TEFL teacher is that it’s flexible. If you do a TEFL course now, you can make use of it whenever you want – it never expires. So you can do it next month or next year. You can do it for a few weeks, a few months, or a few years. You can do it from home, or anywhere in the world.
Teaching English as a Foreign Language can work for you, however you want it to.