Teaching English Abroad

Why Should You Teach Abroad After Graduation?

English-language teachers are in demand worldwide, and taking a position as an English-language teacher is one of the few ways in which recent U.S. college graduates can find paid employment overseas. But more importantly, teaching abroad offers an incredible opportunity for your own continued education and growth. Teaching abroad offers you the chance to live and work in another culture. In doing so, you will improve your own foreign-language skills. Through your interactions with students and coworkers, you will gain a greater understanding of the culture in which you live and work, and you will also learn a great deal more about your own culture as you try to explain it to your students.

You will gain valuable work experience, whatever your future plans. You'll learn to be part of a multicultural workforce as you gain practical work skills and you'll create an international network of friends and colleague. You will become more adaptable, flexible, and confident. There are many more reasons to work or teach abroad, but you will have to find them out on your own. Below, we offer some guidance on gaining experience, finding a teaching position and provide links to some organizations and government agencies that help place English-language teachers.

Gaining Teaching Experience

You don't need to be an education major to find work teaching English abroad. However, acquiring some experience --as a teacher, a tutor, a mentor -- will both make you a more desirable candidate and also better prepare you for your role as a teacher. So here are some ideas:

Take Advantage of Campus Opportunities

There are ways you can gain teaching experience here on campus. Become a tutor in your discipline or look into student organizations that mentor or tutor students in local schools.

Volunteer in Your Community

There are also lots of opportunities for you off-campus. Certainly, you can join an organization that will connect you within Seguin and the surrounding communities or find a local organization on your own. Also think about volunteering in your home community over the summer and during breaks.

TEFL/TESL/TESOL Training

While being a native English speaker is a desirable trait, it alone is not sufficient to qualify you to teach English. Teaching requires patience, effective communications skills, and thoughtful lesson planning. Because of all this, you may want to look into an English training program.

  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) courses provide valuable training, including reviews of English grammar, training in creating lesson plans, information on cross-cultural communication styles, and general teaching tips -- all of which can make you a more qualified and desirable candidate.
  • Courses vary widely in length, depth of training, and costs, so do some research and think carefully about the type of training you want or need. Try looking at actual job postings to see what qualifications are required for the country, type of school, or length of contract you are looking for.

The Different Types of Teaching English Positions 

Placement Programs

  • Paid and volunteer positions
  • Predetermined placements and support from the program provider

Government-Sponsored Programs

  • Paid positions through established government programs
  • Often do not require previous experience but may be more competitive than other options

Teaching at a Private School (independently arranged placement)

  • Research available positions and contact the English school directly
  • Negotiate the terms of your contract

English-Language Teaching Programs

API

API has established strong relationships with schools, language academies, and Ministries of Education around the world to connect teachers, students, and communities.

CIEE

CIEE offers paid teaching positions for university graduates looking to share their language and culture while immersing themselves in new communities around the world.

English Language Teaching

As one of the longest established and most popular international English Language Teaching job sites, TEFL.com has acted as the conduit between teachers and language employers since 1997.

Footprints Recruiting

Footprints is a global leader in recruiting certified teachers and ESL instructors for rewarding teaching jobs abroad. Founded in 2001, Footprints has ESL jobs in Korea, China and Japan.

InterExchange

English Teaching programs in Chile, Italy, Spain, China, Thailand, and Vietnam

WorldTeach

Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Pacific Islands

Government Sponsored Programs

French Embassy Teaching Assistant Program

Assist with English classes in a French school (seven months in duration).

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships

Opportunities for English language and conversational classes are available in several countries in Asia, Europe, and South America. Grant duration, requirements, and grant amount vary by country.

Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme

Work as a teaching assistant in a Japanese school. One year in duration with an option to renew the contract.

North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain

Promote cultural, educative, and scientific knowledge exchange. Support Spanish teachers in teaching and students in learning the Spanish language. Foster understanding and appreciation between different cultures.

Peace Corps

Teach middle school, high school, or university students in one of more than 70 countries around the world. This is a two-year commitment.

Contact Us 

Charla Bailey
Director of International Education

Office: Tschoepe Hall 107
Phone: 830-372-8098
Email: cbailey@tlu.edu

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