Teaching English When You Are Abroad

If you're looking for a way to give back to your new community when living abroad, you might be in luck. Teaching English abroad is something that's in high demand, and those with a good educational background can find jobs doing just that. Because English is becoming a part of the global business structure, those that are well-versed in its application can not only advance in their jobs, but also in their lives. And by your teaching of English, you can help dreams come true.

Teaching English is a great way to work and travel!


You can start to find these kinds of jobs well in advance of your arrival. Start by calling the local embassy in your country to see what advice they can give you in terms of this kind of employment. They might instruct you on certain pieces of documentation you will need or training that you might want to look into before you arrive. You can also talk to local schools in the area to see if there are any openings in these kinds of positions. If you're already employed by a company in the area, they can also help to direct you to the proper organizations.

Teaching English abroad will need to take into consideration several things:

  • What spellings of English are preferred
  • What pronunciations area preferred

While English might seem to be a universal language, it's used differently in different parts of the world. What's 'centre' to you might be 'centre' to someone else. But you'll need to understand what people want to learn before you begin to teach - and learn anything that you might not use in the everyday.

It can help you to take a course on grammar and linguistics before you go off to teach English as this will remind you of any sentence structures or quandaries that you might need to teach. While most of us can get by on particular writing styles, teaching to someone that doesn't know anything about English is a different task altogether. You need to be teaching them the most error-free form of English you can so that they can apply these lessons to the business world.

Teaching English may also require that you develop your own curriculum. It can help to start researching ESL (English as a Second Language) books and courses to see how it's done in other schools. If you can, try to sit in on one of these classes as well as to get an understanding of how you would like to approach your future students.

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