Approximately 1 billion people globally are trying to learn English this very second.
Approximately 360 million people class English as their first language. Let that sink in for a moment.
Colombia is bang in the middle of its initiative to make sure, that it’s mandatory, that English is taught in all schools and that the country is officially bilingual by 2020.
Do I just like throwing statistics into posts?
Yes. That isn’t the point though
That isn’t the point though, the point is that there is a ferocious market out there for people wanting to learn English and as my earlier statistic shows, not enough people possessing that skill.
However, teaching English isn’t for any Tom, Dick, Harry or Jose. It takes commitment, dedication, innovative thinking and compassion.
What you don’t necessarily need? A degree.
Yes, I know right. Ground breaking. Well, let’s start by addressing the click bait title. Yes, you do not always need a degree. There are certain countries who due to visa requirements will require it but do not let this stop you. There are scores of countries willing to welcome you with open arms.
Let’s start first with EU citizens. If you are in the EU, you have the right to live and work in any other EU country free of restrictions. Some of the most popular countries to teach English in without a degree are; Spain, Italy and France.
Moving further afield, we have the beautiful continent of South America. Not only is it huge in its size and diverse in its climate, it is also the perfect place to teach English without a degree. I previously mentioned Colombia’s initiative but there is also an increasing demand for business English in the likes of; Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile.
Lastly but not least how could we forget beautiful Asia. This is where English Teachers head to earn more money with the likes of China and Cambodia paying above their national living wage to fill the huge demand for Native English speaking teachers.
This of course is not a definitive list but it is a good start.
So where do I begin?
Begin by logging onto www.tefl.org.uk and purchasing a course for a minimum of 120 hours. There are frequently deals online but be sure to select one that incorporates at least 120 hours. This is what the majority of companies will require.
My experience consisted of attending a 20 hour classroom based introduction, split over a weekend, where it presented teaching styles, key learning points, advice and assistance for undertaking the subsequent course work.
You have 6 months from the time of purchase to complete your TEFL, but I managed this in 6 weeks. I was studying full time however. There are 10 modules that all cover different parts of the English language and teaching techniques. These range from lesson planning to how to cater for different styles of learners. At the end of each module there is an end of module exam. These are timed and will cover the information you have previously learned. So be sure not to rush straight to the end hoping you can guess the answers.
The modules are tough, especially if like me you haven’t “studied” for 10 years. Just persevere, give yourself time and enjoy the experience of learning again.
After the 10 modules there are 2 assignments, which want you to show how you would plan and deliver a lesson. Take the knowledge you have previously learned and implement them, not only will it count towards your final grade but they are also a great reference for when you get on the road and start teaching.
So, there you have it folks, if you were looking for a sign, here it is. If you needed a push in the right direction, there you go and if you’re already booking your flights and your course, you’re welcome.
As always lot of love,