TEFL or “Teaching English as a Foreign Language” is often used as an acronym for the qualification or certificate itself. From the employers’ point of view, the most respected, for new teachers is a certified course lasting between 100-130 hours which includes some (usually 6 hours) actual teaching. The standard 100-130 hour intensive TEFL course is also sometimes distinguished from shorter ones by being referred to as “full TEFL”.
It sounds pretty obvious, but to teach English abroad you will need to conduct an organised campaign. All teach English abroad applications, whether speculative or in response to an advertisement, need to contain an introduction, which is a cover letter either in letter or email form at, and a resume.
Make sure you keep records of all the applications you make, both direct and to other organisations like recruitment agencies, in order to coordinate follow-up letters and phone calls later.
There are many reasons to teach English overseas such as seeing the world, escaping the rat race or just wanting a new experience. Teaching Jobs in Thailand can pretty much be split into two categories, private schools and public schools, colleges and universities. With such vast numbers in your class it’s pretty hard to get anything done and the amount that the kids learn is really limited which is why so many parents send their children to private lessons after school. Having a bachelors degree means that you can apply for a work permit though, which enables you to have 100% legit work. Because the education system in Thailand is pretty poor, many wealthier parents sent their kids to study extra classes on the weekends and after school. If you’re on a gap year, looking to take a career break or just want to try something different, teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) could be the answer. From teaching young children the alphabet to discussing international business with a group of adults, the chance to make a difference is one of the main attractions to TEFL. It doesn’t matter if you have any prior teaching experience or not, as a native English speaker you’re more than qualified.
An important point to consider is that teaching isn’t for everyone so you really have to want to do it.
If you decide to become an English teacher in Thailand you aren’t going to become a millionaire! If you’re thinking of getting a job in a government school you can expect to get a starting salary of between 30,000 – 35,000 baht per month. If you are thinking of working at a private school on the other hand then you will get paid by the hour of by the period.
Some private schools will give you extra money per period for teaching advanced classes and for teaching on the weekends. When you consider the cost of living in Thailand for foreigners you’ll see that you can live very well. Although the authorities have started to crack down in recent years you can still find plenty of work in Thailand. This is just the Thai authorities being stupid and making it difficult for foreigners to work in Thailand. Although I don’t have a degree I always tell my students I do otherwise they’ll think ‘how can this guy be my teacher when he doesn’t have a degree’. The more cynical people would say that having a pulse is all that is required to become an English teacher in Thailand. The first thing you have to realize is that there are many different types of English teaching jobs in Thailand.
If you get yourself a TEFL or TESOL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) then you will be able to find a much better job even if you’re not a native speaker. Now, if you have a bachelors degree as well as a teaching certificate then you will have access to the very top jobs in universities and and private schools. There are many rules and regulations in Thailand but there are lots of ways to get around them. Teaching is quite often a career people fall into rather than a first choice, that’s exactly what happened to me; the desire to travel led me to teaching and I’ve never looked back since. My own teaching journey began with a tefl course in London; following university the desire to travel and explore the world had got to the point where it was now or never, but due to an inherent failure in saving money I needed an alternative means to fund my trip. I had a list of destinations that I wanted to see on my travels, and almost all were recruiting for English teachers following completion of my course. On my return to the UK I was nervous that I would find it difficult to secure a job in a school, after all in my eyes I had spent the last 2 years on holiday really. I can’t imagine there are many careers which provide so many exciting, interesting and exotic opportunities, and even if you are not interested in teaching for the long haul, I whole heartedly recommend teaching English abroad. The need for teachers with high quality, internationally recognised English language teaching qualifications has never been greater. The role of English as the pre-eminent language of professional and social exchange between speakers of other first languages is likely to grow, while two billion people are expected to study and learn English in the next decade. Though TEFL providers can be found around the globe there is no one organisation that regulates and accredits all TEFL courses. TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) refers to a particular methodology for teaching people whose first language is not English, but who need to learn it for work or choose to learn for leisure. TEFL methodology is highly developed and the most up-to-date training courses turn out teachers who use a communicative approach and a student-centred style of teaching.
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is often used to mean the same thing as TEFL, but it is also used to describe English language teaching to people living in an English speaking country who are not native English speakers – such as refugees and first generation immigrants. Well, basically, a TEFL course is a training program designed to give you the skills and confidence you need to teach English as a foreign language. TEFL courses take many forms from intensive weekend courses to flexible online courses and four-week overseas courses. While TEFL may be taught in an English-speaking country, it is most often taught in countries where English is not the native language. TEFL tutors do not need to be native English speakers and may come from anywhere in the world. Exactly how much you will be paid depends largely upon where you are working, how much experience you have and the type of institute that you're working at. The best paid TEFL destinations for TEFL teachers on a short-term contract can be found in the Middle East.
Something else which you will need to consider before you travel is the political situation in your chosen country.
Teaching abroad allows you to completely immerse yourself in a new culture, to explore the world from within. As well as getting some essential work experience, you'll also be developing an understanding of the world - something which will prove invaluable when you return home (assuming of course that you don't decide to follow a permanent career in TEFL).
Teach English in China and immerse yourself in one of the most fascinating and fast changing countries on the planet, while at the same time making a positive difference to the lives of thousands of students.
Learn to speak Mandarin Chinese, stroll along the Great Wall of China, visit the pandas in Sichuan, soak up the sun on an east coast beach, enjoy a delicious cuisine and engage yourself in the fast paced, cosmopolitan lifestyle that is modern China. With over 9 years of experience in the ESL industry and founded by a former Director of Studies, Gold Star TEFL Recruitment has close ties with all the major English schools across China. Some of our major clients include English First, Wall Street English, Disney English and Shane English School China. Hand in hand with travel and teaching English abroad come plenty of cultural insights, new experiences and unexpected adventures.
Gold Star TEFL Recruitment is committed to providing you with a straight forward, effective and honest service and doing all we can to assist you in securing a great job to teach English in China. While everyone has heard of Beijing and Shanghai, China is a huge place and has many other exciting cities each with its own unique character. For more information on the cities our ESL teaching jobs are located in have a look at our city guides. Gold Star TEFL Recruitment is the leading teacher placement company for English teachers looking for TEFL jobs in China.
Most schools in China and around the world require candidates to have completed a TEFL course to be considered for a teaching job. Finding a teaching job in China can be quite daunting which is why we are here to help you through it.


TEFL is not one single qualification but is a term used to describe courses normally similar in length and depth, most notably CELTA and Trinity. TEFL courses will cover language analysis, teaching methodology, observations of experienced teachers and actual teaching practice, amongst other things.
Register the date sent as well as the contact person if there was one, and any follow-up or response.
One of the first things anyone reading an application for a teach English abroad job will check is availability. Not only will you be able to respond to calls immediately, it will show you are organised and easily contactable, two things which are very important to any employer.
Teachers for classes of different sizes and levels are needed for schools, companies, language academies and universities.
As a general rule they are very over crowded with even the more upper class ones having fifty or sixty pupils in a class! You have a syllabus to teach from but a lot of the time it’s up to you to prepare your lessons which means extra unpaid work. This is a major bonus although some schools get around this by only giving you a 9 month contract which means you won’t be paid during the 3 month summer holiday. There’s no better feeling than when you see a student suddenly understand what you’ve been teaching them, and their face lights up. Of course if you’re a total beginner it’s probably better to start off with younger children who are less linguistically demanding than say a group of university students.
Standing up in front of a class can be daunting, so make sure you’re under no illusions as to what it entails. If you are a good teacher and the students like you then you will have a good constant flow of work. Although having a degree is required to obtain a work permit that shouldn’t stop you from getting a very good teaching job in Thailand. To make it a lot clearer for you, if all the teachers in Thailand without a degree suddenly left the country then that would be about 80% of all the English language teachers gone! The truth is though it makes no difference and the real point is that if you can speak English then you can learn how to teach it. Although that’s not too far from the truth in some circumstances, the reality is that you will need to get some sort of teaching qualification like a TEFL certificate.
If you are a native speaker (English, Australian, American etc) then you have a definite advantage. Although lots of jobs say they require you to have a degree they may still accept you even if you don’t or they will make ‘arrangements’ so that your lack of degree isn’t a problem.
There are fewer rewarding occupations and fewer that provide such a variety of opportunities, anyone who complains about teaching being a boring job has clearly not taken advantage of the numerous options available. After a brief look into various visa options in particular countries a friend of mine recommended teaching English abroad and my research into tefl began. English is in great demand throughout the world due to its importance in so many aspects of global life. However to my surprise, after completing my PGCE, the experience I had abroad was held in pretty high regard, and I had a number of interviews almost instantly. There is much greater demand from a greater number of students, those students are demanding courses which are more relevant to their needs and the variety of people that want or need to learn English is now much greater as well. TEFL providers usually seek accreditation from an external monitoring body in their local area. These students are adults or children who are paying for the courses themselves, or their employer or parents are. In these key respects, TEFL courses are different from the way English is taught in most mainstream compulsory education.
In the UK, ESOL courses provide students with a level of English that will allow them to integrate into the country’s educational, work and cultural environment.
English is spoken as a common second language in the context of official communication and administration in many countries where several other language groups co-exist – such as Nigeria, Kenya, India and Singapore. The length and depth of the course may vary, but all courses will cover the key skills needed to teach English to foreign learners. The course you choose will largely depend on your study methods, your confidence levels and the position which you're going to be looking for. TEFL is commonly used in state school systems and private language institutes, but you will also find it being used by private tutors and volunteers. In some countries TEFL tutors are required to have a degree (in any subject) but there are also many countries where you can find a well paid teaching position without one.
Some TEFL tutors choose to volunteer, others seek merely to cover their travel costs and yet more seek to start a long-term career with high wages and future prospects.
TEFL tutors are in high demand in these parts and the average TEFL wage has been steadily rising for years. You'll need to be aware that in some countries it is possible to set up a private language school without any restrictions or requirements concerning teaching standards, staff wages or maximum working hours. Threats such as terrorism, civil war or military disturbances should affect your decision to work in a country. You'll be slipping into the role of a local as you help local students to develop their skills and shape their futures.
International travel and worldly experience is becoming more and more important in the modern business world making this a great experience to sell to your future employers.
Our wide variety of high paying English teaching jobs in China offer you rewarding work and the chance to discover a fascinating culture. We understand fully what teachers value when looking to teach English in China and the importance of securing an ESL teaching job with a professional and trustworthy company. We also offer English teaching jobs with lots of other language schools and public schools all across China which have been screened in depth to ensure high academic and professional standards. Founded over 40 years ago, Wall Street has a solid reputation as a quality language provider with modern teaching materials and a unique and effective system. In this series of interviews we hear from some of our current teachers at various schools around China. Read articles written by our teachers in China on how they managed with their first visit to a Chinese hairdresser, how to deal with culture shock, learning Chinese from scratch and a lot more.
As we make a fee from schools we can offer a completely free service to teachers, there are no costs at all and no salary deductions. Our schools are located all over China so whether you prefer to teach English in China in the hustle and bustle of a modern city along the east coast, a warmer climate further south or something a bit more off the beaten track, you will be able to teach English in China at a location best suited to you. We have close connections with all the major language schools across China and over 9 years of experience in the TEFL market, offering a professional and trustworthy service.
We can answer any questions you have about living and working in China, visas, the day to day life of a teacher, what to bring, learning Chinese and anything else you need to know. They are designed as entry level courses although experienced teachers often take them to improve their career prospects.
Some find it hard going but almost all come away feeling it was well worth the time, effort and money and are ready to teach English abroad.
It can be easy to confuse the names of different schools and staff, particularly when teaching English abroad as you will be dealing with a foreign language. More than in other lines of work, poor grammar, misspellings and typos need to be avoided like the plague. It is well worth making follow-up enquiries, especially if you applied from home and have now relocated. Furthermore, starting a new job in a far-off land you may not have been to before, starting a new job can be daunting especially having few or no contacts there. A job instructing a company director in downtown Tokyo will be quite literally a world away from one teaching in a village school in the Peruvian countryside. It’s not really a case of which one is better but really which one is more suitable for you. That may seem like too much too deal with and it probably is which is why you get a Thai teaching assistant to help you. For these kinds of jobs you will need a teaching certificate and quite often a bachelors degree as well although in rural areas they might not require the degree.


Most big shopping malls contain private schools where the parents drop their kids off while they go shopping. And as an increasing number of people all over the world want to learn English, there’s no shortage of opportunities. Once you gain confidence in yourself and your ability to control a classroom, in addition to delivering fun and interesting material during lessons, then you can go almost anywhere. Don’t waste the students’ time either- they are there to learn and in some cases are only able to attend one lesson a week. When you are starting out you can expect to start at somewhere between 250 – 340 baht per hour. In fact during busy times of the year you can earn between 80,000 – 90,000 baht per month if you want to work all the hours you can.
Likewise if you work all the hours you can in a private school and do some online writing jobs between classes you can perhaps earn even more.
If you want to work as much as you can you could double that amount once you’ve got a bit of teaching experience.
There are some risks of working without a work permit in Thailand, but that shouldn’t put you off.
The reason is that most people who spend 4 years getting a bachelors degree don’t decide to go and live in Thailand and teach English. Don’t worry though because a TEFL course isn’t that difficult and can be quite cheap if you do it online. If you can speak English and you’re not a native speaker (European, Asian, South American) and you have absolutely no qualifications, you will still be able to find a teaching job.
For the majority of decent teaching jobs in Thailand a TEFL or TESOL certificate is the bare minimum. If you have a real bachelors degree to go along with it then you can apply for just about every teaching job available. Tefl courses are not overly strenuous, provide the basis for your teaching methodologies and how to cope in a foreign environment, give an opportunity to meet likeminded people beginning the same adventure, and are essentially a ticket to anywhere in the world.
Initially I arranged a 6 month placement in Thailand and was lucky enough to receive a relatively high salary and have accommodation costs covered too, and this ideal location meant I could explore almost all of South East Asia. And after almost 3 years enjoying my position in the History department of a wonderful school in Kent, my itchy travelling feet have got the best of me again and I am heading to Chile to be part of a teacher training programme, something which I am really excited about, and a part of the world I cannot wait to see. English language teaching has become a competitive global industry - and this has brought about a need for standardised qualifications.
You'll be taught how to make lessons interesting, how to aim your lessons at different student levels and how to motivate your students so that they really want to learn. When looking for a teaching position it's important that you bear in mind the cost of living in your chosen country. Unscrupulous language schools will use these loopholes in the law to exploit inexperienced TEFL tutors. The economic stability of the country may also be something to consider and this may affect your TEFL training decisions. After the initial culture shock has passed, this new and exotic destination will become home - a truly extraordinary experience. Choose from one of 11 major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, each offering a unique cultural experience.
They share their unique experiences both inside and outside of the classroom, telling us about their favourite classes, what a typical day at their school is like and some of the adventures they have had in China so far.
We only ask that you tell any friends who might be interested in teaching in China about us.
So whether you are looking to teach English in China to young learners or adults, we can assist you with securing your next teaching job and what’s more, all of our services are completely free of charge for teachers. There are cheaper options but they will not be as comprehensive and will not help your prospects of finding a good job nearly as much.
It is essential to update any phone and address details and make it known that you are available for interview immediately or give a date on which you will be. Unlike in other professions, initial training is usually short, typically a few weeks, although learning and acquiring the skills to teach successfully can take much longer. Teachers enjoy the satisfaction of seeing pupils improve, developing their own language skills, meeting people from all walks of life, some of whom may become lifelong friends, as well as the flexible lifestyle and the opportunity to travel and see the world. Knowing all the options from the outset puts you in a position to choose who and how as well as where you teach.
One thing you need to understand though is that not all teaching jobs in Thailand are equal! If you can’t tell them something useful then either ask for some help or take yourself out of the situation. This will guarantee a minimum number of hours work per month but will also mean that you can’t refuse classes if you don’t want them.
I’ve been teaching English in Thailand and without a work permit for over 10 years without any problems. In fact going to university in Thailand and getting a degree is roughly the same as finishing school in any western country! More about that later, first lets look at the reality of teaching in Thailand and what’s needed. Even if your English is not that great, you’ll still be able to find work, although if will be at a really bad school with really poor pay. This may seem strange if you have never been to Thailand but the reality is that corruption is rife! As you pick up teaching experience along the way even more doors will start to open for you.
Whilst there are some countries where a university degree is enough to be able to teach, many have tefl certification as a strict requirement and it also gives a greater chance to land the better paid positions. As a teacher I was embraced by the locals and soon slipped into the Thai way of life, but most of all it was seeing the progress of young children speaking English that I enjoyed most. These are essential skills and you'll find them invaluable when you start your TEFL career. What looks like a very low wage could turn out to be a fortune in comparison to how much you will be spending while you're away. It's important that you research both the country and the individual language school before accepting a position to ensure that you won't be taken for a ride.
For example if you are going to be teaching in a developing country you may wish to take a Specialist Certificate in Teaching with Limited Resources before you go. When the time to leave finally comes you can rest assured that you'll miss your life, your job and your friends here more than you can ever imagine. Wall Street English offers one of the best compensation packages in China and great support and training for new teachers.
The course will equip you with a solid foundation in teaching theory and methodology. INTESOL was established in 1993 and all their courses are fully accredited by NCFE.
Visit the employer’s website, see what they do, the courses and classes they offer and think about the profile they are looking for in an ideal candidate. Before you jet off to exotic locations to teach, why not see if you can do it at home first? You can find more information on the different types of teaching jobs elsewhere on this site.
And all of this meant that I found it impossible to head home and it was on to China which turned into an 18 month stay!
Our forums are a great way to do this and the recommendation of a past TEFL tutor, who has actually worked for the school, can generally be relied upon. I managed to progress into teaching English to university students and suddenly I began to realise that the urge to travel was leading into a profession from which I could never see myself leaving.
Suddenly realising what you’ve got yourself into halfway into your flight is a terrible feeling, so make sure you’re prepared.



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