Schools in Egypt, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and other Middle Eastern nations all seek certified English teachers. In many Arab nations, university classes are taught in English and the region’s location at the crossroads of East and West has made cities like Dubai major hubs of commerce and leisure where English is often the norm. In the wealthy Gulf states, in particular, most positions are offered to experienced teachers with bachelors’ or masters’ degrees in education, in addition to a TEFL certification.
Middle East ESL Jobs are somewhat easier to come by for those with just a four-year degree (or even less) and a TEFL/TESOL Certification in Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, and Turkey, where the pay is considerably lower, but the cost of living is low and the opportunities for immersion in one the world’s great regions for culture and history are innumerable.
Hiring standard for teaching English in the Middle East can be high, but earning your TEFL certification will provide you with the training and a key qualification you need to get hired to find ESL jobs in the Middle East.
Because schools and recruiters interview prospective teachers in their home country in advance, most Americans and Canadians take their TEFL certification class online or in North America.
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Taught English in Egypt
I decided to go with ITA for my TEFL certification because they were the most professional and forthcoming with information. The course was awesome. My teacher was extremely helpful and the course material was quite relevant to the job I ended up getting. By the time I moved to Cairo, I was already in the mindset of “being a teacher,” which is half the battle. The practicum which I completed gave me great experience which I later applied to my job.
Taught English in Israel
I decided to get TEFL certified to give myself an avenue to get abroad and contribute positively. I more specifically chose ITA because it is an established program and the admissions advisor that I spoke with was very informative and supportive. The live practice teaching was a valuable experience that I appreciated. I am Jewish and have been wanting to come back to Israel and experience the culture a little more; this seemed like the perfect opportunity!
Teaches English in Iraq
ITA's advising staff were accessible, enthusiastic, and provided lots of helpful information when choosing a TEFL provider. It was a very easy decision to make! The course material was rich, engaging, challenging, and illuminating. It gave me a well-rounded preparation for TEFL instruction and introduced me to key elements of cultural sensitivity and integration I have relied on in many ways since arriving in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
ITA alumnus, Adam Lucente, highlights the pros and cons of teaching English in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia.
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