English Teaching Jobs Overseas
teaching jobs overseas are very different from jobs teaching English in
your own country.
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If you are teaching students in an English speaking country such as the
UK, the USA, Australia or Canada, then the students will be much more
likely to have settled there.
If you are teaching English overseas, then your students will probably
be attending lessons not to survive in an English-speaking country, but
for a specific purpose.
They may be:
whose parents want them to get better grades
who need to improve their English for their job
- Students who want to study English at
- Or they may want to immigrate to an
English-speaking country in the future
Bearing this in mind, the subjects you teach may be a little different
than the ones you teach students who are living in the US or the UK.
How to call the police, book a doctor's appointment or use a phone book
aren't relevant to someone who wants to improve their high school grade
or be able to have management meetings with English-speaking colleagues.
Overseas students will probably want to learn more grammar
, but they
will also be very curious about the customs and culture of your country
so be prepared for lots of questions!
If you are teaching overseas you will need to be adaptable.
- You will need to adapt yourself to a new
culture, and you may find yourself teaching a variety of ages and
abilities – wider than you would back home
- You may also be asked to travel between
different sites to teach, and to work unsociable hours
Despite these negative aspects of the job, there are also so many
benefits to teaching English overseas.
- You will be able to travel almost anywhere in
the world to do your job (visa and work permit permitting)
- You will have the opportunity to see and
experience things that not many people do
Where to go, and how to get there
If you are thinking of working overseas, you need to consider which
countries would be right for you.
If you hold strong religious or political views you may be limited; it
wouldn't be sensible for a devout Christian in favor of equal rights
for women to go to some parts of the Middle East, for example.
You also need to think about food, climate, and distance from your own
home. This can be a bigger factor than you think.
When you've decided on a location, or a short list of locations, start searching
. Use the internet, teaching magazines and
newspapers, and any contacts you may have in your chosen country.
Your new employer should offer you some practical help, and possibly
financial help, to settle into your new home and new job.
Take whatever help they offer, go with an open mind, and you should
have great experiences that you will treasure for the rest of your life.
There are many English teaching jobs overseas; find the right one and
you will be happy.