TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and is the dream job for thousands or English speakers worldwide. You may have also come across TESOL which stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The two terms are interchangeable, and either is good on your CV! Keep on reading and find out why taking a TEFL course with the TEFL Institute of Ireland will be the best decision you make this year.
English is one of the most popular languages to learn the world over, meaning that there is a huge demand for English teachers in nearly every country imaginable. The TEFL industry is one that has never stopped growing, so if you are faced with few employment opportunities at home there are hundreds of schools across four corners of the globe in need of people just like you!
Is TEFL for me?
It is a myth that you need to be a native English speaker with a teaching degree to be recognised as a TEFL teacher. Having a strong fluency in English, and at least secondary school education are your stepping stones when it comes to training as a TEFL teacher. Once you have completed your TEFL course you can step into the world of TEFL and find yourself in a brand new location, surrounded by new people and adventures.
Are you a first-time teacher? Great! Many schools have employed first-time teachers as long as you have your TEFL qualification and bucket loads of enthusiasm. Stepping into the classroom for the first time may seem daunting, but don’t worry, you will have a set curriculum to follow and many schools have teaching assistants on hand to help you settle in. Fast forward 12 months and you will find it hard to remember what life was like before you became an inspiring teacher.
Once you have completed your TEFL course you are qualified for life. Teaching English abroad is an ideal fit for your summer break from university, your gap year after high school or for that career break where you get paid to immerse yourself in a new world and culture. The Buena Vida is just around the corner, with teaching positions available numerous times throughout the year. Check out all of our internships here to find out school term start dates in each country.
The TEFL world is filled with like-minded people who love to travel, experience new cultures and step outside their comfort zone. You will become part of a global network of teachers who will inspire you daily, but most importantly these people will become your friends for life. Why not jump on this opportunity with your friend or partner? We love to take pairs, especially to countries like China, Thailand and Taiwan.
Our TEFL expertise
By taking a TEFL course with the TEFL Institute of Ireland you are given full support and guidance throughout your training and subsequent TEFL journey. Our TEFL courses are fully accredited by the Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) , an Ofqual approved training organisation. We have been involved in the TEFL industry for over 25 years, putting to practice our work experience with different TEFL companies all around Europe.
Deciding to become a teacher is a milestone in many people’s lives, a profession so rewarding and enriching thanks to the tangible results seen in students’ progress.
You don´t need to be a TEFL teacher for 25 years, but many TEFL teachers are so happy in their roles that doing something different just doesn´t make sense! Get in touch with us today to learn more about how teaching English abroad will change your life for the better.