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TEFL/TESL teachers

Aug. 9, 2019, 1:46 p.m.

TEFL is an umbrella term for teaching English to students of any age whose first language is not English. TESL refers to teaching students who will be using English instead of their native language after moving to an English-speaking country.

Typical responsibilities of the job include:

  • planning, preparing and delivering lessons

  • preparing teaching materials

  • helping pupils improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills via individual and group sessions

  • checking and assessing pupils' work

  • organising and running specialist courses

  • attending social events

 

Qualifications and training required

 

It may be possible to become a TEFL/TESL teacher without a degree, though employers typically look for graduates who have approved TEFL qualifications. A degree in language, linguistics, education or English will be particularly helpful in applications.

 

Key skills for TEFL/TESL teachers

 

  • Excellent spoken and written language skills, with English and foreign languages

  • Clear diction

  • Patience

  • Lateral thinking

  • Confidence

 

Typical employers

 

  • Private schools

  • Maintained schools

  • Further and higher education institutions

  • Community and adult education centres

  • Voluntary organisations

 



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