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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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TEFL Job in Bristol, UKExpand
Date posted:2011-09-26 | Writer: EF International Language Centre | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently recruiting for TEFL qualified English language teachers to join EF International Language Centres' teaching team in Bristol, for an immediate start. Positions are potentially on-going. You will teach using our unique Efekta Language blended learning system, as well as plan lessons and attend development workshops. EF is an equal opportunities employer and offers competitive salaries in a multicultural working environment. Read more
Opportunities For TEFL Teachers in The UKExpand
Date posted:2011-07-07 | Writer: International Study Programmes | Email: email@example.com
International Study Programmes has 30 years experience in organising English Language courses for teenagers and adults in locations throughout the UK. We currently have 4 vacancies for enthusiastic and capable TEFL qualified native English speaking teachers to teach Italian and Spanish teenagers, including supervising local visits and excursions in Portsmouth, Worcester & Chelmsford. There are also opportunities in Dunfermline, Scotland, in July for 1-1 classes. Benefits include a sensible rate of pay, and accommodation either with a local family or in a university for teachers allocated on residential courses. Please contact us at the e-mail address given on the job heading to apply or register for future openings.
TEFL Teachers Needed for UK Summer CampsExpand
Date posted:2011-05-19 | Writer: ELAS UK | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ELAS UK is an English Language Summer School which combines English language learning with adventure activities for foreign school children from the ages of 10 to 17. ELAS will run from 3rd July to 31st July (4 weeks). The school is based at Leicester Universities Oadby Campus. We are seeking TEFL qualified English language teachers who are enthusiastic and experienced, for both residential or non residential posts.
Teach EFL in Bournemouth, UKExpand
Date posted:2011-04-27 | Writer: SNT International College | Email: email@example.com
SNT International College in Bournemouth requires TEFL qualified (or equivalent) teachers to teach all levels (exam classes). On-going positions available. We are also looking for cover teachers in case of absence and sickness. We offer candidates up to four and a half teaching hours per day and additional preparation and marking fees. Other benefits include a modern, clean and friendly atmosphere, interactive boards and free use of a classroom to teach your own private lesson to our students. Read more
Teach English in ScotlandExpand
Date posted:2011-03-03 | Writer: ISSOS | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Summer School of Scotland (ISSOS) are looking for TEFL qualified English teachers to join our summer school. As an ISSOS teacher, you will have your own class of international students aged between 13 and 18 years old. Classes are intentionally kept small in order to provide individual attention, personalised instruction and create an encouraging and supportive environment for students to learn while having fun and making new friends from around the world. Read more
EFL Teachers Required in Scotland For Summer CampsExpand
Date posted:2011-01-10 | Writer: St Andrew’s College Language Schools Ltd | Email: email@example.com
St Andrew’s College Language Schools Ltd are looking to recruit 30 EFL teachers for junior summer camps to be run in Glasgow and Edinburgh in June and July of this year. The number of teaching hours will vary according to the needs of the centre, and will normally be between 12-16 hours per week. You should have a smart and tidy appearance and enjoy working with young students in out-of-class activities and excursions. Click on the heading for more details.
TEFL Job in South LondonExpand
Date posted:2010-09-30 | Writer: Apex College | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A rapidly growing and successful college for overseas students located in South London is seeking an English Teacher. The working hours are between 15-30 hours per week. The successful candidate must have a TEFL or relevant English Teaching qualification. You will need to be able to demonstrate good previous experience and ideally will be reasonably flexible in terms of working hours. Remuneration is negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience. This is a self-employed vacancy. Read more
Job for TEFL Teacher in WalesExpand
Date posted:2010-07-27 | Writer: City School of Languages | Email: email@example.com
City School of Languages, a language school based in Swansea, is looking to recruit a fully qualified EFL / ESOL Teacher for a long-term to permanent position. You must be a practising teacher with a recognised teaching qualification and recent experience of delivering English for Academic purposes and / or Cambridge Exam (preferably IELTS) preparation. We pay an attractive hourly rate depending on qualifications and experience. Read more
TEFL Job in ScotlandExpand
Date posted:2010-05-25 | Writer: Edinburgh School of English | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Edinburgh School of English has gained a reputation as one of the UK's leading language schools and has been delivering high quality junior summer courses for over 30 years. We have a variety of openings available from the middle of June, particularly for teachers who have experience with Young Learners. Newly-qualified TEFL teachers are welcome and will be given the necessary development and support. All positions are subject to statutory holiday pay calculated on a pro-rata basis, which is paid at the end of a contract. Successful applicants may be required to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure at ESE's expense. Read more
TEFL Jobs in UK Summer CampsExpand
Date posted:2010-04-27 | Writer: MM Oxford Study Services | Email: email@example.com
MM Oxford Study Services, founded in 1981, are currently recruiting TEFL qualified teachers for summer 2010. Our summer courses commence on Saturday 3rd July. We have opportunities for applicants who are friendly, and have lots of energy, enthusiasm and patience. Candidates should be aware that a willingness to work as part of a team, an ability to accept responsibility and a good sense of humour are all considered essential. Our centres with accommodation are based in the Oxford University colleges of Hertford, (Young Adult courses - average age 16 - 23) and St. Hugh's, (Junior courses - age 12 - 16). Benefits include full board single room accommodation. Non-residential positions are also available. Assistance with finding outside, self-catering accommodation can be provided if... Read more