Any Questions? Here Are Some Answers!

Below is a selection of the most frequently asked questions that we get asked – together with our responses.
  • I am from America and am trying to find work teaching in Western Europe. It is possible for American teachers to find work there?

    Dan answers: It is definitely possible but more difficult in many EU countries due to laws which make it much more complicated for employers to employ staff from outside the EU. A lot more paperwork is involved. There are always exceptions but be prepared to receive rejections purely on this basis. It is interesting to note that sometimes English teachers from EU nations are rejected by language centres in countries in Latin America because they don’t possess the sought-after North American accent! Read more on this issue here

  • What is the difference between TEFL, ESL, TESL, TESOL and EFL?

    Dan answers: The world of teaching English is seemingly awash with acronyms which can be confusing at first – especially because they refer to similar things. The acronym TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) tends to be more common in Europe whereas ESL (English as a Second Language) is more common in the United States. TESOL stands for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Read more about terminology here

  • Which is the best country in which to teach English?

    Dan answers: This depends on a number of factors which differ from person to person. You need to ask yourself some serious questions. What are you looking for? Is money the main objective? If so, newbies should try South Korea and Vietnam whereas those with many years of experience should consider Saudi Arabia. Which languages can you speak? For example, if you can speak Spanish or Portuguese it makes sense to focus on Spain, Portugal and countries in Latin America. What kind of weather do you like? If you hate hot weather it is probably best to avoid Indonesia! Personally I would choose Indonesia and other Southeast Asian nations as my favourite region but it is important to remember that all countries have advantages and disadvantages. Read more here

  • I am a native speaker but I don’t have experience or a certificate. Can I still get a job teaching English?

    Dan answers: It is certainly possible but you may find yourself working illegally or without sufficient income in the medium term. It is much better to get a certificate first – not only because it will enable you to feel confident on the first day you walk into the classroom but because your long-term prospects will be greatly improved. You never can tell just how long you will be teaching English. Some teachers quit after a number of weeks whereas others carve themselves a genuine career out of it. Read more here

  • I want to become an English teacher. Do I need a certificate? If so, which one do you recommend?

    Dan answers: Online TEFL courses are becoming increasingly popular and we recommend the University of Toronto TEFL Online course. If you live near an education centre where you can study in person, I would recommend getting the CELTA or the Trinity TESOL. Both are month-long intensive courses which you have to attend in person. Both will prepare you well for the world of teaching English but neither is easy! Expect a tough but rewarding month! There are lots of opportunities to study for the CELTA across the world. If you already have your heart set on a particular country then it is a great idea to obtain the CELTA there too. This is because you will make contacts and have a much better chance of finding work quickly after you have completed the course. After several years of teaching English, many teachers go on to obtain the DELTA or MA TESOL certificate so that they can become, for example, a Director of Studies. Read more here

  • I am a non-native speaker. Are there any jobs which are suitable for me?

    Dan answers: Yes there are. Matters seem to be slowly improving in this regard and it is anticipated that more and more employers will seek English teachers of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. However, the unfortunate reality is that many language centre customers (i.e. students or parents of students) assume that a teacher from America, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand (and often South Africa) is what constitutes a ‘proper’ native speaker of English. This is a superficial judgement. So too is the judgement (common in certain Asia countries) that an English teacher should ideally have white skin or that non-native speakers can be paid less despite being as qualified as a similarly experienced native speaker. This discrimination does still occur within the TEFL industry and is, in some cases, encouraged by laws in certain countries which restrict who can be employed as an English teacher based on their ethnic backgrounds. However, although it may still take a little more time for qualified non-native speakers to find a satisfactory position, matters definitely seem to be improving. You will definitely find something so don’t give up! Read more on this issue here

  • Do you have any jobs in (insert country name here)?

    Dan answers: We hear about new jobs on a weekly, and sometimes daily, basis. Get in touch and we will see if we can help.

  • I work for a language school and would like to advertise on World of TEFL What are your rates?

    Dan answers: Please contact us to discuss your requirements and we will give you our most up-to-date monthly advertising and recruitment rates.

  • I need assistance in applying for jobs. Can you help me?

    Dan answers: Yes. We help teachers in their job searches and in the actual application process itself. This is includes making the best out of your CV and covering letter, offering advice on which countries may suit you best, tips on success during your interviews (generally via Skype or similar). Given our enormous database of contacts, we can conduct research into most language schools across the globe in order to determine the reputation of the language centre with both staff (past and present) and students alike. If you are interested in one particular country but cannot find any suitable vacancies online then we can help you find a job there via our contacts.