Why should you consider teaching English abroad? To gain experience, soul search, have a productive gap year, pay off student loans, save money, learn a language, and try your hand at teaching. The great news is that any major can do this and little-none knowledge of a language is needed. Due to the presence of English as a lingua franca, English teaching programs can be found in most countries.

The highest demands for English teachers are in 1)Taiwan, China, Korea 2)Japan, Việt Nam, Thailand 3)Portugal, Spain 4)Russia. Majors in demand include 1)linguistics/foreign language majors 2)STEM and special education 3)sociology.

  1. Types of programs
    • CRAM schools or after school (teach in the afternoon)
    • International school
    • Professional (Business– private tutoring)
    • Bonus: can take university classes for cheap (eg Taiwan)
  2. Certification/License needed? Depends.
    • Most require only a bachelor’s degree, passport, and resume if you want to go the traditional route
  3. Getting a leg up
    • Experience: CASP, tutor, volunteer
    • Certification: CETL, etc.
    • Necessity: excited attitude and desire to teach in your audition demo
  4.  Books
    • TEFL
    • Teaching English Abroad
    • The New Tales from International School Teachers
  5. Websites

Teaching English abroad isn’t a commitment to becoming a teacher. Instead, it is an opportunity to teach, meet new people, explore new places, or to figure out (or confirm) what you love to do. 

Diamond Andress. “Fill the Gap: Teach English in a Foreign Country After You Graduate”. The University of Oklahoma. September 2017.