30th March, 2020. Coronavirus (COVID-19) and TEFL/TESOL jobs update:
The world is gradually going into full lockdown and for the foreseeable future, we don’t recommend accepting a teaching English job abroad. Nobody really knows how long this situation will last, but there will be an end in sight and then it will be business per usual regarding the support we provide through our International Job Guidance Team in helping our graduates find well-paid teaching English job positions overseas. The safety of our customers and your students is of the upmost importance to us.
In the meantime, we recommend teaching English online.
We are experts in the field of helping place tefl online pro graduates into high-paying online teaching (from home) employment, through our extensive research of online language schools and our international contacts. You can earn up to US$40 per hour, teaching English online, but starting salaries are usually in the US$20+ per hour range.
This is an excellent alternative, given the current worldwide pandemic.
If you require further information on this then please Contact Us and we will get right back to you.
We will also be compiling an Everything you need to know about teaching English online article, which will be published within the next 48 hours on our Blog pages.
Stay safe everyone.
When the pandemic is finally under control, the following international jobs information will again apply to all tefl online pro graduates wanting to teach English abroad:
Teaching English presents a fantastic opportunity of seeing the world, while funding your travels along the way. The global demand for English teachers is high and the salaries can be high too, depending of course on who and where you teach. Popular teaching English destinations tend to be grouped together on the Asian and European continents, but wherever you want to teach English, it is highly probable that TEFL jobs are available there. At tefl online pro we have helped thousands of graduates find teaching jobs worldwide, and there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t join them.
Please now find below answers to some of the more popular TEFL Jobs questions:
Who can I expect to be teaching English to?
If teaching adults, you’ll have the option of teaching either Business or General English in classrooms or on location at companies, where your classes will consist of small groups or individual students. With the teaching adults scenario, you can expect to be teaching students who already have at least a basic grasp of the English language as Beginners and False Beginners tend to be taught by local teachers who are more easily able to communicate the grammar fundamentals. Each language level does have its own challenges but as a general rule, the higher the level the less demanding your lessons will seem and the less time you will need to spend on lesson preparation.
Teaching English to teenagers, young learners and very young learners is a popular choice for teachers wishing to teach in countries such as China, where class numbers are often high and where you can expect to face the challenge of teaching multiple students with multiple learner levels. Teaching children is definitely a much more demanding path to take, but the rewards are there in the form of higher salaries and a job satisfaction which can only be attained through teaching young minds.
The third teaching option, which has become increasingly popular over the last five years, is teaching English online. One of the main reasons for this teaching method’s popularity is that it offers time flexibility: lesson times are arranged as per mutual agreement between the teacher and student, and both the teacher and student enjoy the luxury of having the lesson from the comfort of their own home or office and without the need to spend time and money traveling out to the classroom location.
At what times of the day can I expect to be teaching English?
If teaching children, your classes will run in accordance with the standard school day of whichever region you have chosen to teach in. And if you are teaching adults, you would normally expect to be busy in the mornings and late afternoons/evenings and have your afternoons free.
Where can I expect to be teaching?
It has become somewhat vogue for many Online TEFL schools to copy and paste exotic white sand beach images on their homepages in the hope of winning customers who identify with the cool breezes of tropical coastlines. What is very important to understand is that you definitely won’t get to teach English on a beach. And we know that you are far too smart to believe otherwise. The vast majority of classes take place in the larger cities, where there is the money available for people to afford English classes. One of the major positives of teaching English though is that you’ll often find yourself with long weekends freed up, and of course those extended summer holidays, and it’s at these times when you will have the opportunity of traveling and feeling the freedom afforded of teaching English abroad.
How much can I expect to earn Teaching English as a Foreign Language?
Teaching English salaries vary widely, depending on where and who you choose to teach. The highest salaries are to be found teaching in locations such as Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and United Arab Emirates. As an example, you can earn up to $5,000 USD per month in Japan. In Europe, you can expect to be earning a decent local wage – meaning you probably won’t be able to afford to buy a car, but you’ll earn enough to fund your lifestyle and be able to afford weekend trips and holidays.
Does tefl online pro organize job placements or internships?
We don’t organize job placements or internships and the reason for this is because if we were starting out as English teachers again, we wouldn’t accept a placement or internship teaching job. There are just so many teaching opportunities out there, so why accept a job which will offer a lower-than-standard starting salary? Many schools do offer both these options as a way of guaranteeing employment for their graduates, but we don’t recommend either option because in many examples the school gets a cut of your wages as the middle person in the agreement, and also because these types of employment almost always come with extremely strict contractual terms. An internship to gain experience or a placement to guarantee work might initially seem like an attractive offer, but when you take your TEFL certification with a company that provides ongoing job support there is absolutely no reason to play it safe and opt for second best.
How will tefl online pro help me find a teaching job after graduation?
Access to our International Job Guidance Team kicks in as soon as you have completed your tefl online pro certification course. This is one element of our service which distinguishes us from the competition and to date, we have a perfect score in helping to find our graduates teaching English positions abroad.
Firstly, we issue your course certificate and official letter of recommendation within seven days of course completion. Your course certificate is internationally recognized and is your ticket to teaching English abroad. The official letter of recommendation acts as a 5-star review of your performance, and includes a breakdown of your course study. If you already know where you will be teaching, we get to work straight away on researching schools and current available teaching positions. If you haven’t already decided where you want to teach, we will work with you, suggesting locations and working with you to see where the best fit will be for you. We assist with getting your CV/Resume up to scratch, and providing essential tips on the best method of making first contact with schools, how to follow up on a teaching English application and how to approach the job interview with your best foot forward first. In addition, we can conduct a work visa search for you, which will save you a lot of time and unnecessary headache in the process.
Our International Job Guidance Team service is available for you at any time during your teaching English career. It doesn’t just stop once you have secured your first teaching position.
We have years of combined teaching English and travel experience and are experts in the field. This means that you will be receiving top-notch, expert help and advice through the tefl online pro International Job Guidance Team when you want to secure a teaching English position abroad.
Paul Murphy and the tefl online pro Team.
“International Online TEFL/TESOL course certification at its best.”