How to Teach English to Foreign Learners
Jan 19, 2011 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) 2965 Views
eaching these days is becoming a very lucrative job. Especially if it's a teaching job abroad, it will be a great opportunity for you to discover a lot of new things and to earn more money than when you teach locally. For one thing, you could get to explore a different country. Second of all, there is so much culture that you could discover, so many people to make as your new friends, and so many cities and towns you could explore.
But of course, these perks aren't without accompanying responsibilities. Sure, you get to teach English abroad and earn a lot, but it won't be as easy. There are additional things that you have to learn, you have to be able to adjust better to the country of your choice, and you have to be aware of the things that are waiting for you there.
Ultimately, you have to know how to teach English to foreign learners. There are different approaches to teaching learners of different levels, and all the more so if they are non-native English speakers. There are specific approaches that you have to do, and additional strategies that you need to learn. Some employers abroad even require their English instructors to have certificates in ESL and TOEFL, to make sure of their credibility as teachers of English to foreign students. Some employers may also require you to take an additional qualifying exam as part of their application process.
Of course, there is also the mental preparedness that you have to consider. Just because you believe you're qualified for the job doesn't mean that you are going to adjust easily to the working conditions, the country's culture and climate, and most of all the people. So before you deem yourself completely ready to teach English abroad, consider these things and consider them over and over again until you are 200% sure about your decision.
Teaching English abroad has both advantages and disadvantages of course just like any other job out there. But you have to think about these more because you are going to teach English in another country. It won't be as easy shifting jobs abroad than when you're in your own country. It's hard enough maintaining a job here, but when you have to do it abroad, it's double the responsibility, the adjusting, and the coping. So it's better to be prepared, and you start that off with knowing how to teach English to foreign learners.