ESL students abroad come from all backgrounds, ages and walks of life. Depending on where you teach and which school you work for, you may teach ESL students abroad who are corporate executives from Fortune 500 corporations, clerks from the local hotel, or university students. Or, you may find yourself tutoring local housewives or possibly teaching children in public schools. Bear in mind that your International TEFL Academy certification course will provide you with the skills necessary to teach a broad variety of ESL students abroad.
Adult language learners represent the largest segment of ESL students abroad that most English teachers work with when they go overseas to teach English, particularly in Europe and Latin America.
Types of Adult students:
- Business professionals, corporate executives and employees– some companies will contract with a local language school to bring a teacher onsite to provide instruction to employees; others will send their employees to a class at the school.
- Small business owners who conduct business with foreign firms in English, or who work extensively with English-speaking customers.
- ESL students abroad frequently world in tourism and the hospitality industry.
- University students looking to study abroad, or who are conducting research in fields dominated by English.
- IT and the Web- ESL students abroad often work in technology or are looking to take full advantage of the Internet.
- Entertainment - Those looking to enjoy English-language movies, books, music, television and other media.
Most adult ESL students abroad either work or go to school, so be prepared to teach classes in the late afternoon and evenings, and possibly on weekends as well. Many adult ESL students abroad also seek private lessons, which offer teachers a great opportunity to earn additional income and work with ESL students on a more personal level.
Teaching English to Children Abroad: Private Language Institutes & Private Lessons
Asia is a booming market for those looking to teach English to children, while opportunities in Europe and Latin America are fewer though they are growing. In countries like Korea, many parents enroll their children in language classes at private language institutes after school to supplement the instruction they receive in school. If you work with such students in a private language institute setting, expect to be giving most of your lessons in the late afternoon and early evening.
Many parents will seek private lessons for their children to get a head-start on their English proficiency or to assist them in passing a college entrance exam in English known as the TOEFL. This is particularly the case in countries such as Spain, Czech Republic and Poland where fast-growing middle classes have led to growing enrollment of children in private language schools and private lessons.
English language summer camps are another popular venue where language training is provided to younger ESL students in Europe, Latin America and Asia as well.
Teaching English to Children Abroad: Public Schools
In Europe, the governments of Spain, France and recently the nation of Georgia, all operate large programs to recruit English teachers from specific native English-speaking countries. Also, in South America, the Ministery of Education in Chile also has been recruiting foreign English in the public schools for over 6 years.
ESL students in the Middle East span all age groups and teaching opportunities can be found in private language schools and in public schools in some Persian Gulf countries.
English teachers abroad can often make extra money teaching additional classes or tutoring individual students. Private tutoring sessions typically pay more, and in some cases, teachers double their hourly earnings when giving private lessons. This money can go far in terms of providing financial resources for travel and pursuing other interests. English teachers abroad who are able to build a strong clientele of students – and this can take months or years in some cases – can also provide themselves with a more flexible schedule.
It is important to understand local practices and regulations as giving private lessons off the books may be illegal in some instances. You should also consult your primary employer first as some schools maintain policies that discourage their employees from teaching outside their classrooms; at the very least it is generally considered bad practice to offer lessons to ESL students that attend the school where you work as most employers will view this as cutting into their business.
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