A lot of TEFL teachers wonder what the English language tuition market might be like back in their home country. Just how easy is it to find work teaching English in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada?
If you are happy with short term summer school contract, typically lasting between 2 and 8 weeks, then it is very easy to find work in English speaking countries such as England, Scotland, America and Canada if you are originally from one of these countries. Longer term full-time jobs, however, are less easy to find except in very large cities. It really does depend where you are located.
As globalisation continues, immigration increases and the possibility of teaching foreigners in your home country is growing. This demand is likely to continue to increase for the foreseeable future.
In London, for example, there are always TEFL jobs available. This might be teaching asylum seekers introductory English language skills. Or it might be Business English tuition for foreign workers. Or you might be teaching overseas students preparing for the TOEFL or IELTS tests. Both of these English-language tests of are huge importance for those wishing to enrol on a university course in an English-speaking country, or for immigration or business purposes.
You will be certainly able to find work in and around London, and most other capital cities of the English-speaking world, but the cost of accommodation is astronomical, especially when compared to the fairly meagre wage you would probably be surviving on. Your job might only be part-time too.
You may wish to consider setting up your own website and language school, initially based on one-to-one tuition. If you have several years of experience teaching English abroad plus an MA TESOL or a DELTA then it is definitely worth a try. But it does depend on the demand in your local area so anywhere outside of major cities is likely to be much less feasible as a full-time career. But it’s a great option as a way of generating a side income.
If you are experienced and hold one of the certificates mentioned above plus your first CELTA or other TEFL certificate then you could consider becoming a CELTA course instructor. Competition for these posts is fierce, but as more people become qualified to teach English abroad the number of opportunities has risen slightly too. There are occasional openings in university EFL departments but, once again, you will face strong competition.
If you want to teach English in an English-speaking country that you are not currently resident of then the chances are pretty low. It is difficult to get a Work Visa if there are already enough English teachers in that particular country. So an Englishman hoping to teach English in America or vice-versa is likely to be disappointed.
Exceptions to this are the Working Holiday Visas generally for the under-30s sometimes which sometimes allow for English language tuition. These rules between different nations can change on a yearly basis so check on relevant Embassy websites for the specific up-to-date rules.