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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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Teach EFL in UK Summer CampsExpand
Date posted:2010-03-01 | Writer: Kaplan International | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly TEFL qualified teachers to work at Kaplan International in the beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury. You should be motivated and flexible, able to communicate clearly and work independently or as part of a team. Couples are particularly welcome. We have positions in homestay centres and residential centres starting in June of this year. Benefits package include paid holidays. Read more
Teach English in The UK From Your HomeExpand
Date posted:2010-01-28 | Writer: IH Intuition Languages | Email: email@example.com
Host English teachers in London area, South England, Edinburgh and Dublin: Qualified EFL teachers (TEFL / TESOL/ CELTA minimum) living in a family unit required to host (full board in your home) and teach mature overseas students on short courses, one or two weeks at a time, throughout the year. Teachers must have facilities to teach one-to-one in their home as well as offer hospitality and be able to offer clean and comfortable accommodation. Email us at the address given on the job heading for more information. Read more
TEFL Jobs around UKExpand
Date posted:2009-12-01 | Writer: Anglophiles Academic | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for energetic, enthusiastic and organized teachers to work on our English language courses in England, Ireland and France.
For over 30 years Anglophiles Academic has been one of the leading UK providers of quality educational courses and travel experiences for young people from overseas. We now have vacancies for TEFL qualified EFL tutors to work on our English language courses in February, April, June, July & August 2010. Teachers will typically teach between 12 - 25 hours per week and be involved in other cultural, sports and social activities.
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Date posted:2009-10-25 | Writer: International School for Creative Learning | Email: email@example.com
The International School for Creative Learning in Folkestone, Kent is currently seeking a select few TEFL qualified teachers to assist with a variety of classes throught the year. An artistic ability or background would be an advantage but not essential.
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Date posted:2009-08-27 | Writer: Language Trainers | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a successful language training company working with freelance trainers all over the world to provide private tuition for numerous languages, mainly in the US and the UK. We have students (private and corporate) who need to learn languages, anytime and anywhere. Thus we organize teachers for them at their offices or their homes. We have regular openings for qualified TEFL teachers, so if you would like to be considered for future opportunities, please contact us at the e-mail address given on the job heading. We will keep your contact details confidential and contact you as soon as we have a position to offer in your preferred location. Read more
Opportunity to Teach TEFL in London, UKExpand
Date posted:2009-07-16 | Writer: Katherine & King’s College | Email: email@example.com
Katherine & King’s College of London is a private college with high expectations. We are currently expanding our college to be one of the best learning providers in West London. We aim to provide a friendly, relaxed learning environment for all our students. We are looking for a motivated, confident, enthusiastic, and lively TEFL qualified English native speaking teacher to teach groups at all ages and at all levels. This position could be suitable for a person who wants to try a new exciting experience, and we are also welcome FRESH GRADUATES who would like to have the opportunity to put their knowledge into practical experience. Read more
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Date posted:2009-05-13 | Writer: Embassy Summer | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you looking for EFL teaching work in Edinburgh this summer?
Embassy Summer is part of Study Group, a world leader in the provision of integrated educational packages. We have over 30 years of experience in the field of English language provision and we operate 22 summer schools throughout the UK. In particular, we are recruiting NOW for EFL teachers in Edinburgh from 30th June to 11th August. In addition, we are also looking for teachers for our Southsea and Greater London locations.
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Date posted:2009-03-23 | Writer: Liverpool International Language Academy | Email: email@example.com
Liverpool International Language Academy are recruiting a team of TEFL teachers and two Directors of Studies for two summer residential summer programmes. One is based at a prestigous boarding school in Lancashire and the other is an 'English and Football' programme run in conjunction with Liverpool Football Club. Teachers must have a minimum TEFL or equivalent and Directors of Studies a DELTA or equivalent. All positions are fully residential and duties will include teaching and supervising activities, meals, airport transfers; all duties usually associated with summer schools. All meals and accommodation will be provided together with a competitive rate of pay. ... Read more
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Date posted:2009-01-27 | Writer: EAC Language Centres (UK) Ltd | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a TEFL qualified English language teacher? EAC Activity Camps are an established organisation, operating children's activity camps throughout the England, Wales and Scotland each year. We are currently recruiting for 2009 and are looking for teachers to work 30 hours per week. Teaching duties will usually (but not always) be between Monday to Friday. Excursions take place at weekends and teachers will be offered the opportunity to earn extra money by assisting with these excursions as required. Read more
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Date posted:2008-12-10 | Writer: PLUS Ed Ltd | Email: email@example.com
PLUS Ed Ltd has been offering summer English courses in the UK and Ireland for young overseas students since 1969. In 2009 we are running 20 centres in some of the most attractive areas of the UK & Ireland and are looking for enthusiastic TEFL qualified teachers who want to help students improve their English while having fun with the language. All posts are provided with free meals and free accommodation on campus. Read more