Teaching English to speakers of other languages can be a highly rewarding career, offering you the chance to live and work abroad or teach international students visiting the UK. You will need an internationally recognised teaching qualification, often known as a Tefl qualification. Tefl stands for teaching English as a foreign language.
TEFL is not the only acronym involved in the worldwide English Language industry:
DOS : Director of Studies
EFL : English as a foreign language
ELT : English Language Teaching
ESL : English as a second language
Applying for Tefl jobs
The simplest way to make an application is to send an email with your CV or complete an online application form that goes directly to the employer.
If you complete an online application form the company may contact you immediately and invite you for an interview. Alternatively they may send you further information and a more detailed application form to complete. Recruitment procedures will vary from school to school and also according to the time of year.
Don't be put off by the form filling or paperwork! Remember that Tefl jobs are extremely popular and hundreds of staff may be applying for just a few positions with each school. Tidy presentation and detailed applications are essential to give your application the best chance of success.