English as a Second Language
Helping others with their language skills
As globalization continues to integrate the world, it is becoming vital for everyone to learn English - from high stakes businessmen to those who simply want to enjoy a Hollywood movie.
With this trend in adopting English as a second language (or third, or fourth, etc.), there is an increasing demand for qualified teachers. Positions are available both in North America and around the globe.
It is significantly easier to acquire an ESL teaching certificate than it is to obtain any other type. To teach ESL in most language schools in North America (and in many international locations) a TESL, TEFL or CELTA certificate is a necessity. ESL certificate courses generally take only four to six weeks to complete. Though a college or university degree isn't a requirement for most ESL jobs, it's never a bad idea to have a formal education on your resume.
Teaching ESL Overseas
If you have an ESL teaching certificate and you're willing to travel, it is unlikely that you'll have difficulty finding a job in your field. In addition to the ESL teaching jobs available in North America, there are thousands of jobs available around the world, from Europe to the Middle East to Latin America or Asia. The latter, in fact, is a hotbed of ESL teaching jobs right now, with countless opportunities in China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and South America.
Pay can range from $1500 to $3000 per month, depending on your experience and education, as well as the location. This may not seem like much, but accommodation is often provided by the hosting schools or communities, and other benefits such as medical coverage and insurance may be included. ¬
The employment process for an ESL teacher is similar to many other professions. Even though the job is in very high demand, you'll still go through an interview process to determine your level of professionalism, your understanding of the issues involved with the job and your experience with ESL.
Why Teach ESL?
Many graduates fresh out of university are still not sure what they want to do with their degree - going abroad to teach English as a Second Language provides them with time to think and also with real world experience, whether they go on to teacher's college or decide to pursue other avenues.
For many, the real joy of teaching ESL is opening up new worlds for others. As a trained ESL teacher, you'll know that you're part of a system that's bringing the world closer together and expanding opportunities for people who want to learn. For students, the challenge of learning another language can be rewarding both mentally and personally - you may find, if you choose to teach ESL, that aiding someone in the process is even more so.