TEFL/TESL teacher: job description
Typical responsibilities of the job include:
- planning, preparing and delivering lessons
- preparing teaching materials
- helping pupils improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills via individual and group sessions
- checking and assessing pupils' work
- organising and running specialist courses
- attending social events
- Private schools
- Maintained schools
- Further and higher education institutions
- Community and adult education centres
- Local education authorities (LEAs)
- Voluntary organisations
Opportunities are advertised online, by careers services and recruitment agencies, in national newspapers, in the Times Educational Supplement and Times Higher Education, and in specialist publications such as the English Language Gazette as well as their online equivalents.
It may be possible to become a TEFL/TESL teacher without a degree, though employers typically look for graduates who have approved TEFL qualifications. A degree in language, linguistics, education or English will be particularly helpful in applications.
There are two main internationally-recognised TEFL qualifications: the Cambridge CELT (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) and the Trinity College London TESOL course, commonly referred to as CertTESOL. To find out more about TEFL courses, visit the TEFL page of TARGETpostgrad, our website aimed at graduates.
To teach in some countries it is necessary to hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in addition to a TEFL qualification, and often at least two years' general classroom experience. Relevant work experience gained as a private tutor, language assistant or summer language school tutor can be helpful.
To read about how to get into careers in teaching via a school leaver route, go to the teaching section of TARGETcareers, our website aimed at school leavers.
- Excellent spoken and written language skills, with English and foreign languages
- Clear diction
- Lateral thinking