How to Become
an English Teacher
So, you want to know how to become
an English teacher. Here you can read some great advice to help you.
Teaching English as a foreign language is a great career, whether you
see it as a long-term prospect, or a way to travel the world.
a lot of people who take courses to teach English every year, and even
though it is an expanding market, they don't all find jobs.
So what can
you do to maximize your chances?
Top five pieces of advice if you want to become an English teacher
1. Choose the right qualification
The most commonly recognized qualifications worldwide are the Cambridge
ertificate in E
eaching to A
dults) and the Trinity TESOL
nglish to S
peakers of O
With either of these, your
chances of finding work in this field are dramatically increased.
Courses can be done worldwide, full time or part time, and now there is
also a distance learning CELTA qualification available.
If you decide to do a course that is not CELTA or TESOL, make sure it
has an element of teaching practice as many employers will not consider
newly qualified teachers unless they have had assessed teaching
sessions as part of their course.
(Assessed teaching sessions
are lessons that the student teacher teaches, which a supervisor or trainer assesses.)
Many employers, particularly in the Far East, also require a college
degree. It isn't always necessary, but it will help your chances of
finding work. A major in English, education, or linguistics will
improve your prospects even further.
2. Take a grammar course
Most teaching courses cover some grammar
, but they don't teach grammar
extensively. You will need a lot more grammar than you think when you
teach, and it's unlikely you'll know it all.
If you can't find a grammar course, there are many books
you can buy
that will help you study it yourself, and there are also online grammar
courses you can take.
3. Get some experience
It's not easy to get experience without the qualification but it is
Try volunteering, or teach some private individual students
for free if you can.
This will be invaluable in the classroom once you
qualify, and it will also make you more employable as a teacher.
This may be an unusual piece of advice but it will really help.
newspapers, magazines and books. Try to look at the different kinds of
English used and think about them critically.
When you come to teach classes, this will really help you, as you will
have a bank of resources to draw on.
5. Learn another language
It is not necessary to know another language to teach English to
speakers of other languages, but it can help. Even if it is only to
help you integrate in the country you are working in, it can make a
Learning a language also helps you realize what your students are
experiencing, and some of the problems they face.
It can also help in
the classroom if your students are asking each other questions in their
language. Sometimes you can understand them and reply in English.
Even if you follow this advice on how to become an English teacher, it
is not a guarantee of a job, but it will make you more employable, and it
will help you once you do start working.