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TEFL Jobs in the UK
The birth place of the English language, the UK offers many opportunities to Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). While the best opportunities are reserved for UK nationals, native speakers from around the Commonwealth and even the US can enjoy employment here.
The UK’s open-door policy on immigration means that great opportunities await TESOL teachers. In the last 40 years or more, wave after wave of immigrants have decided to make the UK their home. Presently, the greatest influx is from Eastern Europe, and new arrivals tend to have a lot of motivation to learn the English skills they will need to survive in the UK.
Opportunities are best for those who have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or a Post-Graduate Certification in Education (PGCE). If not already certified in TESOL, this certificate is highly recommended for anyone wishing to teach ESL as a subject. Two years’ language teaching experience is an advantage, but not a requisite, at this end of the market.
If you land a job in a language school, you can expect to find yourself teaching anybody and everybody. The majority of the migrant workers from Eastern Europe are eager to improve their language skills and constitute a substantial part of the student population. There are also students on study holidays who are in wish to get their English up to standard, as well as those who do business in England, the latter of which take their English tuition particularly seriously.
On the whole, enthusiasm for English is high amongst this varied student body. The vast majority of the students you would be teaching will be there because they need to speak English, rather than because it is a hobby or someone is forcing them to attend.
In addition to these opportunities, there is always an annual need for teachers to work in the UK’s plethora of summer camps. The best time to look for these temporary jobs is in the spring. These positions will pay fairly well and allow to network and possibly find a permanent position teaching in the UK.
Visas and Regulations
Some schools are not prepared to go through the difficult process of hiring native English-speaking teachers from outside of Europe. That being said, in some cases it is easier to place teachers from the US than from other countries. Non-EU citizens should check with their local British Consulate to look for language exchange programs, etc. Americans may wish to contact the New York-based, Interexchange (www.interexchange.org), who run an exchange program.
It is important for non-EU citizens to look at all the available angles. For example, America has a reciprocal arrangement with the UK, whereby those with an undergraduate degree can work for a sponsoring company for one year. In addition to this, those from the Commonwealth can take advantage of patriarchy - having a grandparent or better, who was actually a British citizen. It also pays to present yourself as a specialist. Just 'English Teacher' doesn't look that special, but a 'Specialist English teacher for Air Traffic Controllers' is one way of finding a niche market. Think about what specialist part of the market you might be able to cater to and sell yourself within it. It’s worth using your imagination and putting in the work because once you have naturalized status in the UK, then Europe is yours for future positions.
Most individuals working for institutes are self-employed, or working on a freelance basis. This means they are responsible for paying their own taxes and social security. New arrivals are required to get a National Insurance number, entitling them to free medical care, to open a bank account into which their wages will be paid, and get a tax code at their local tax office.
Getting a Job
A job search for the UK couldn’t be easier: just look in the electronic Yellow Pages under ‘language schools’ and you will find plenty of positions available. In London, the trend is towards classes at institutes.
Obvious questions you should ask in the interview are regarding class sizes, preparation time, materials, etc. Look for well-resourced schools, and be aware that you probably will not get paid for preparation time.
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Date posted:2017-04-27 | Writer: Bell Educational Services | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For over 40 years Bell Educational Services has offered a range of outstanding Young Learner Programmes to overseas students aged 7 – 17. These unique courses combine academic excellence with an exciting cultural and social programme and provide students with a unique experience and exceptional care. We are now looking to recruit enthusiastic, dedicated and responsible EFL teachers for our Young Learner Courses running at four UK independent schools between June and August. EFL Teachers will plan and develop exciting and inspiring lessons for their students' level and will also participate in the cultural and social programme through excursions, activities and pastoral duties. With General, Business and Academic English courses also on offer, we welcome applications from teacher... Read more
EFL Teachers Required Across The UKExpand
Date posted:2016-07-18 | Writer: PGL Travel | Email: email@example.com
Use your TEFL skills in the UK with PGL and bring our dynamic English language programme to life! PGL is the UK's market leading provider of activity holidays and study courses for young people and currently have jobs available in England and Scotland with immediate starts for TESOL/ TEFL/CELTA qualified teachers. In this role you’ll be delivering our English as a Foreign Language product. You’ll work at one of a handful of PGL UK activity centres where guests will enjoy a mix of classroom based EFL sessions and off-site excursions. We’re looking for enthusiastic EFL Teachers to solely focus on delivering this programme to our inbound guests travelling to PGL UK centres from Europe, Asia and other long haul destinations. Your duties will include: • ... Read more
Summer Job Teaching EFL in UKExpand
Date posted:2016-02-10 | Writer: International Quest | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Quest is a summer language course provider and we are currently recruiting non - residential EFL Teachers who would like to work with us in the summer 2016 in our summer centres around the UK. We have opportunities in the following locations: London - Brunel University Hatfield - University of Hertfordshire Keele - Keele University Stoke on Trent - Staffordshire University Bognor Regis - University of Chichester Edinburgh - Queen Margaret University Exeter - University of Exeter Leamington Spa - Warwickshire College REQUIREMENTS: * First Degree * TEFL Certificate (eg. TESOL, CELTA) * Native or native-level English speaker. * Ability to achieve a high level of student participation during a lesson. * Ability to ensure continuing students’ engagement during ... Read more
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Date posted:2015-05-20 | Writer: Talkilla Education Inc | Email: email@example.com
Talkilla Education Inc, established in Beijing, China in January 2012, is an online English school dedicated to professional English training to young children aging from 6 years old to teenagers and university students. We are one of the earliest agents from China to provide online English tutoring services over internet, offering English courses of a highly-professional quality and standard. We deeply believe that we are doing a great thing that helps others to succeed.Why Talkilla: More and more professional TESOL teachers choose to teach English online with Talkilla. Here are some key reasons why you should partner with Talkilla to teach:Talkilla has a professional team that teachers and students can work with for daily teaching management to ensure efficient operations.Talkilla can fu... Read more
TEFL Job in EnglandExpand
Date posted:2014-07-31 | Writer: Spinnaker College | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spinnaker College is an English language school in the heart of sunny Portsmouth, on the south coast of England. We require an EFL teacher to deliver language programmes to adults. The post will suit a suitably qualified and experienced teacher with a bachelor degree and an ESL qualification such as CELTA, TEFL, TESOL etc, or a recently qualified teacher looking to gain experience in the field.The hours of the post are up to 25 contact hours a week from 09:00 - 16:00 Monday to Thursday and 09:00 to 12:20 on Friday. There will also be additional tasks such as attending staff meetings etc. The hourly teaching rate is £14 per hour. The principal responsibilities of the post are; + Planning classes and teaching professionally, making use of appropriate teaching methods. + Working wit... Read more
TEFL Job on The Coast in EnglandExpand
Date posted:2014-04-02 | Writer: English in Margate | Email: email@example.com
We are a friendly English language school for adults situated in the popular seaside town of Margate in Kent, south-east England and currently have a vacancy for a qualified EFL teacher who is available for 3 months starting in June 2014. Situated in the surrounding area of a park in the city centre, the school is housed in a beautiful 19th century building. Close to the train station, it is also only a few minutes' walk away from the town centre and the beach. Most of the modern and comfortable classrooms are equipped with PCs and projector facilities. A multimedia centre, a language lab and a library complete the facilities made available in order that you may study in the best conditions. We are an adult-only school and we offer General English Courses as well as exam preparation co... Read more
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Date posted:2013-11-14 | Writer: PGL Travel Ltd | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Become an EFL teacher in the UK with PGL and bring our dynamic English language programme to life! In this role you’ll be delivering our English as a Foreign Language product. You’ll work at one of a handful of PGL UK activity centres where guests will enjoy a mix of classroom based EFL sessions and off-site excursions. We’re looking for enthusiastic TESOL or CELTA qualified (or equivalent) EFL Teachers to solely focus on delivering this programme to our inbound guests travelling from around the world. We offer a competitive wage of £320 per week plus FREE meals and onsite accommodation. Requirements: Fluent English speakers, holding their TESOL or CELTA qualification, university graduate, previous experience. How to apply: For more information or... Read more
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Date posted:2013-05-13 | Writer: inlingua Cardiff | Email: email@example.com
We, at inlingua Cardiff, are proud to be first school of the international inlingua network situated in Wales. We are always interested in meeting prospective EFL teachers. Applicants should be native level speakers of English, have a university degree and have a recognised TEFL qualification – minimum either TESOL, TEFL or CELTA. Good experience and additional qualifications such as Dip TESOL, DELTA or QTS are an advantage. To be considered for an interview, please email CV with indication of availability to the address given on the job heading. inlingua Cardiff 31 The Parade, Cardiff CF24 3AD. Wales +44 (0)2920 194 150
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Date posted:2013-02-28 | Writer: Delfin English School | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delfin English School is now recruiting EFL teachers to join the team at our new central London school. We are located in central London, Zone 1 in beautiful Bloomsbury Square, based in a lovely Georgian building with 14 large, bright and modern classes. Delfin is different – we believe in providing our students with excellent value for money, and in giving them the best possible classes, atmosphere in the school, and social programme. We therefore require teachers who are passionate about teaching and excited about working in a truly international environment. Although you will ideally have at least two years’ teaching experience, your attitude and enthusiasm is more important to us than how many years of experience you have.Our students come to the school for anythi... Read more
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Date posted:2013-01-29 | Writer: SIS Education and Travel | Email: email@example.com
SIS Education and Travel is a leader in the provision of educational travel programmes. Accredited by the British Council, we’ve been teaching English to international students for 20 years. Our aim is to provide students with a fun, friendly and safe environment in which to develop their communication skills in English. We are looking for talented and committed EFL Teachers to work on either or residential or non residential basis in one of our 16 residential summer centres across the UK. These are in Bristol, Bury St Edmunds, Colchester, Cirencester, Edinburgh, Egham, Exeter, Guildford, Horsham, London, Oxford, Winchester and York. We make no secret of the fact that teaching on a junior residential school is very demanding and for less experienced teachers it can be a &... Read more