Thursday, May 23, 2013

Teaching English Abroad

That is the name of an updated version of the classic book of the same title by Britisher Susan Griffiths. It was actually published in 2011, but I just came across it at my local library. It is a must for anyone considering trying to finance their travels by doing a spot of teaching along the way.
I have the 2003 edition of the book, and while the new one is about the same length, it is larger format and contains up to date information on preparation for teaching as well as a country by country guide to teaching opportunities. One of the most interesting sections is actual reports by teachers who have worked in some of the countries listed. Unfortunately, many of these accounts are printed in a strange type font that I, at least, found very hard to read.
You will learn from the book that the best preparation, in addition to at least a bachelor's degree, is some type of month-long certificate such as the CELTA sponsored by the University of Cambridge.
With those qualifications, you stand a fighting chance of some finding teaching work in Asia, Latin America, parts of Africa or the Middle East, so long as you are a native English speaker. Much of  Europe is out of bounds unless you are a citizen of the European Union or have some special qualifications.
The best paid jobs are often in places where living conditions may be harsh, such as Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf states. Japan and South Korea are other countries where pay can be relatively high and you may be able to save some money.
Many people consider teaching English abroad as a good second career choice. It does work out for some, but the book frankly addresses the age discrimination which can make it difficult for teachers over 50.
 In order to secure a work visa, you will probably have to sign a contract to work for at least nine months, and be required to teach 20 or more hours per week. Often you can have a split shift, with early morning and late afternoon classes.
I have taught English to Frendh-speakers and immigrants here in Montreal, and while I found the work challenging and enjoyable I'm not sure I would want to do it full time. But as a way to get paid while you live abroad, it is one of the best options out there, and this guide book is very helpful.


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