Once you have completed a TEFL certification course you will have a wide range of employers to choose from in dozens of countries worldwide. The most numerous options are found in private language academies and state run schools, although colleges, universities, and international schools are also viable options. The type of employer you can expect does vary depending on the region, with the majority of jobs for foreign teachers in Europe and Latin America being in private language academies, while many countries in Asia and the Middle East also have great opportunities to work in state run schools at all age levels.
Thanks to ITTT’s reputation for producing knowledgeable and motivated graduates over many years, employers of all sizes and types look to us to fill their vacant teaching positions. Every day we receive requests for teachers from all corners of the globe and if the employer proves to be reliable we add them to our database which is then passed on to every one of our trainees upon graduation. By taking advantage of our database, many of our course graduates secure a teaching position that suits their plans without having to look any further.
Private Language Schools
A large percentage of TEFL qualified teachers find work in private language schools or academies. These can range anywhere from a single classroom with one teacher right through to multinational chains that employ hundreds of staff. Some language schools specialize in young learners or business clients, while many others cater for all ages and language abilities. As you would expect, teaching conditions vary from one employer to the next, however, a typical working week in a private language school will involve around 25 to 30 hours of teaching, plus another 10 to 15 hours of lesson planning and administration. Many schools of this type are aimed at students who have to study outside of school or work hours, so you should expect to teach some classes in the evenings and/or at weekends. Class sizes are usually quite small and rarely exceed 15 in number.
Public Schools and State-Run Schools
Formal schools, both private and state run, are another large employer of TESOL qualified teachers. These positions are particularly numerous across Asia, with the huge job markets of South Korea and Japan offering the greatest number of opportunities. Many countries in the Middle East also have plenty of options in this type of environment. In many cases, foreign teachers work as assistants to, or in partnership with, local teachers in the classroom. Generally, teachers follow a typical school timetable from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, although this obviously varies from one country to the next.
The criteria required for these positions is often much tougher than for private language schools, with most only accepting native English speakers with a four-year college degree. If you meet the criteria you should receive a very competitive salary, as well as extra benefits that usually include health insurance and paid holidays. Another added bonus of these positions is the employer will often pay for your airfare in and out of the country and provide monetary and/or practical assistance with accommodation. The recruitment process for jobs in this category is usually completed from within your home country, several months before you actually start work.