What is TEFL?
Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It’s a great way to travel after your degree and can provide a change after life at university, an opportunity to travel, and learn another language, and the chance to try out teaching before deciding whether a career in the classroom would suit you. You can find a quick overview of what it involves here.
Do I need a TEFL qualification?
Not necessarily. The best way to determine this is to do your research based on your target countries. There are numerous programmes offering graduates the opportunity to teach English or work in a school environment without a TEFL qualification. For some of the more prestigious English language schools and institutes and for some countries that prefer well-qualified and experience staff a TEFL or school teaching qualification is essential.
What are the different TEFL qualifications and how can I learn more about them?
Wikipedia gives a good overview with useful links to more information on TEFL.
How can I learn more about TEFL jobs?
There’s lots of information online. On this website there are profiles of graduates talking about their experience of TEFL in countries such as Guatamala, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan and China. To look at real jobs available around the world to understand employers’ expectations in relation to class sizes, contact teaching hours (this can vary hugely), academic background and TEFL-related qualifications if needed check out these sites www.tefl.com/ and www.eslcafe.com