Teaching English in Europe
For many people who start in the profession,
teaching English in Europe is their aim.
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Others would rather teach in South America, Asia, or Africa, but the
variety of jobs in Europe, and the variety of cultures, definitely
For most teaching jobs in Europe you will need a Cambridge
, as well as a degree.
If you want to work in a European Union country, you will also need
either EU citizenship or a work permit allowing you to work there.
Countries outside the EU have their own visa and work permit
You do not always need teaching experience to teach English in Europe,
but it will certainly help you find a job
If you work in Europe you will be likely to be working in a private language school
These usually operate mostly in the afternoons and evenings, and there
are often classes on Saturdays.
You will probably teach a mixture of young learners, teenagers and
adults, as well as some business English lessons.
You may be hired as a general teacher, or as a specialist teacher
you have more experience.
Some opportunities for teaching English in Europe are at universities
or public schools
these are much less common.
You may also find opportunities for short-term work teaching teenagers
in summer camps
Where to work
The biggest EFL market in Europe is in Spain
English lessons are becoming more popular among young people there as
youth and graduate unemployment is so high and people are trying to get
as many skills as they can in order to improve their job prospects.
Other European countries with high numbers of language schools are Italy
, and many of
the Eastern European countries such as Poland
When you are choosing a country in Europe to work in, there are a
number of things you need to take into account.
Schools in some countries, most notably Spain, require some knowledge
of the local language. This may limit your choices.
Remember that the climate in one part of Europe is very different from
that in another.
Cultures, religion, food and other traditions are also very different
and some countries may suit you more than others. So make sure you
research your potential destinations thoroughly
How to find a job teaching English in Europe
The internet is a great resource for finding EFL jobs.
Sites such as www.tefl.com
have jobs from all over Europe and you can search by job type as well
If you are already resident in a European country then you may find a
job by contacting language schools directly.
In fact, most available jobs are never actually advertised because they
are filled by people who are friends of someone who works in the
school, or by people who have already contacted them.
How to make teaching English in Europe easier
Here are a few last pieces of advice to help you during your time
teaching in Europe:
- Be adaptable
- Try to learn a little of the local language
- Make friends with local people as well as
- Keep your sense of humor
If you follow this advice then your time teaching in English in Europe
should be fun and fruitful.