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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: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
TEFL Jobs in Central London, UKExpand
Date posted:2012-11-19 | Writer: London Language Centre | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
London Language Centre has ongoing vacancies for TEFL qualified native English speaking teachers in central London for general, business, conversation and exam preparation classes. This job involves teaching groups and private classes to adults and possibly children. Teachers with experience of business English, IELTS and exam preparation classes are particularly welcome. There is also a Senior Teacher position available for a suitably experienced and qualified teacher.
We are in the heart of London and we are looking for teachers who can work at different times during the week mornings afternoons, some evenings or Saturdays.
Compensation: Dependent on experience and qualificationsReferences will be checked and any gaps in CV's must be explained. Disclosures may be requ... Read more
Job Teaching English on line in UKExpand
Date posted:2012-09-25 | Writer: TutorABC | Email: email@example.com
Teach ESL students from the comfort of your home. TutorGroup connects its students with teachers from around the world via its e-learning platform. Our classes are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We provide comprehensive training in the use of our online teaching software, as well as all teaching materials needed. If you are an EFL teacher with a computer running Windows, have Internet Explorer, a fast internet connection (you can test your bandwidth on our website) as well as a good webcam and headset, then you're ready to apply.
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You can choose a schedule that suits you.
You'll save bundles in time and commuting costs by working from home.
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Date posted:2012-08-22 | Writer: Stafford House | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stafford House Study Holidays has been organising residential summer schools throughout the UK for many years and is running 16 centres this year. We are looking for TEFL qualified teaching staff for our attractive centres in England, Scotland and Wales, based at either private boarding schools or university campuses. Non-residential Teachers are required immediately for courses for young adults at our campus at Bankside near the Tate Modern in London. Teachers can expect full support at all times during the course from carefully recruited and attentive management staff and senior teachers, as well as a team at Head Office. We accept applications at any time because Stafford House School of English in Canterbury employs teachers year-round. Contact Recruitment at the e-mail address given o... Read more
TEFL Job in UK Summer CampsExpand
Date posted:2012-05-28 | Writer: Klub Group Adventure | Email: email@example.com
An EFL teaching job like no other - come and join our team! KG Adventure has been one of the largest established nationwide outdoor activity providers in the UK for over 25 years. KG Adventure are looking for qualified TESOL teachers for July - August 2012, and freelance throughout the year. Candidates should have experience of teacher involvement, interaction and creativity with the ability to inspire students to reach their full potential. KG Adventure offers: wage based on qualifications and experience, full board accommodation, training seminars and a fun teaching atmosphere!
Relevant qualifications, such as TEFL / TESOL
Native English speakers.
Successful applicants are required to undergo an enhanced CRB disclosure
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Date posted:2012-04-04 | Writer: Cardiff University | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cardiff University is looking for experienced English as a Foreign Language Teachers, EFL-qualified, preferably to Diploma level, with a first degree and experience in ESP/EAP for courses running from 2 July to 7 September 2012. You must be available to work the full period of the contract. Experience of working on Pre-sessional programmes would be a distinct advantage. We offer a competitive salary. Applications from UK and overseas-based teachers are welcome. Teachers without EFL qualifications and EFL teaching experience need not apply.
To work for an employer that values and promotes equality of opportunity, email your CV to the address given on the job heading, quoting vacancy number 017 or telephone + 44 (0)29 2087 9093. Early application is advised as interviews will be h... Read more
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Date posted:2012-02-22 | Writer: STS Language Schools | Email: email@example.com
STS Language Schools organises language courses for young people between the ages of 10 to 18 in some of the UK’s best loved destinations. We are now recruiting for dynamic and enthusiastic EFL tutors to work in our summer programme during 2012.
With over 50 years of experience in the language travel industry, our courses are well organised and aim to provide the highest quality service. As our company expands year on year, the opportunities increase for TEFL qualified teachers, with more young people coming to study English in an exciting, international environment.
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Date posted:2012-01-11 | Writer: ISSOS | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Summer School of Scotland (ISSOS) offers high school students from all over the world (aged 13-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the historic and picturesque towns of St Andrews and Cambridge. Every summer we welcome students from over 60 nationalities.
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Date posted:2011-11-30 | Writer: INTO University of East Anglia London | Email: email@example.com
We are seeking to recruit EFL teachers for INTO UEA London/City who will contribute to teaching and learning in all aspects of General and Academic English, to begin in January 2012. With a unique partnership model and world-wide marketing network, INTO works with universities to transform their international capacity and performance. Since 2006, we have successfully launched 10 joint venture partnerships for international students in the UK and the US. Read more
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Date posted:2011-10-26 | Writer: EAC Language Centres Ltd | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EAC Language Centres Ltd will be accepting applications from qualified EFL teachers for our 2012 recruitment campaign from December 2011. During 2012, we look forward to welcoming around 13,000 students to our 20 centres, located nationwide. We are one of the UK's biggest and most successful vacation course operators for juniors in the UK. Teachers are responsible for delivering and preparing lessons for up to 30 hours per week to a variety of levels. We have a tried and tested syllabus that focuses on communication skills, using a range of in-house materials. Benefits include competitive rates of pay and conditions. Read more