Teaching English is a huge worldwide industry. It doesn’t require factories or much in the way of equipment, but there are millions upon millions of people currently studying English. They live and study in every country on the planet. If you are interested in an adventuresome life of travel, where you can earn your way, then consider a career or at least a stint in Teaching English as a Foreign
Language, typically abbreviated to TEFL.
Why is there such a large global demand for teachers of English? There are several reasons. English is the main global language, the main way that people from various countries can communicate with each other. Science, technology, the internet, global business — all use English to a very large degree. So it’s no wonder that people everywhere want to learn it.
You have no experience teaching English? You may find that it draws naturally on things you have already done. Assuming that you are a native speaker of English or completely at home in the language, you can probably teach it. We all do it on an ongoing basis with children, without even thinking about it. Kids ask us what words mean and we tell them. If you have friends who don’t speak much English, you may have helped them learn some phrases at one time or another.
So even if your formal experience as an English teacher is nonexistent, do explore the possibilities further. Even if you haven’t really taught children or foreigners English, you have probably taught something to someone at some point in your life! Most likely, you may have seen them use what you taught them. You might have shown someone else how to do something with their hands, whether crocheting or pulling a battery out from under the hood of a car.
There are a wide variety of quite inexpensive training courses that you can take, at many places in the world, to prepare you to teach English. Doing such a course will greatly increase your choice of positions. Some of the schools even guarantee you a job in their country after you pass their course.
In general, people who teach English around the world are not scholarly sorts. They like people, they like to travel, and they want to do a good job in their teaching sessions. They are of a practical bent. They try what works and what doesn’t with their particular students, and modify it as needed. There are many resources online to help you learn how to create and present lessons.
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