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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:2008-11-17 | Writer: TBG Learning | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Date posted:2008-08-18 | Writer: Evocation | Email: email@example.com
Evocation are the largest agency in London. We currently have over 60 EFL teachers working for us every day across th UK. We only work with British Council Accredited schools and therefore require teachers with both a degree and an EFL qualification which takes over 100hrs (TEFL or Trinity TESOL for example). We have a huge demand for teachers and are able to pay more than you would earn if you worked directly for the school. Click on the heading for more details. Read more
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Date posted:2008-07-24 | Writer: East Finchley School of English | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
East Finchley School of English is looking for full-time (15 hours+), part-time (evening) and cover TEFL teachers to join the current team of four full-time and three part-time teachers, starting from September 2008. The school is located in north London and has chosen to remain small with around 120 students enrolled at any one time. The student profile is very diverse. Last year, there were more than 45 different nationalities represented in the School.
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Date posted:2008-03-24 | Writer: InTuition Languages | Email: email@example.com
Host English teachers required in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland: Qualified TEFL teachers (Cert. 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. Read more
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Date posted:2008-02-25 | Writer: International Summer School of Scotland | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Set in the beautiful Royal Burgh of St Andrews, The International Summer School of Scotland offers a picturesque, fascinating and safe environment.We pride ourself on employing highly-qualified and motivated staff in all departments. All our staff must possess an enthusiasm for working with young people and will be dedicated to providing a safe, secure, caring and nurturing environment for all our students as well as ensuring that they have the best summer experience possible in Scotland.We currently have opportunities for summer school ESL team leaders. Read more
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Date posted:2008-01-22 | Writer: Wallace College | Email: email@example.com
Wallace College was established in 1972. It is located in the heart of the historic 'Old Town' of Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, close to the Royal Mile. The College is open throughout the year and offers a varied programme of English Language Courses. We are looking for qualified teachers (CELTA, equivalent or above) to teach groups of teenagers and/or adult learners attending summer courses in Edinburgh July and August 2008. There are also some vacancies for teaching similar groups from March onwards. Read more
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Date posted:2007-02-26 | Writer: Exsportise Ltd | Email: Remco@exsportise.co.uk
We are a leading provider of Sport and Language holidays for 10-16 year olds. We are looking for TEFL Teachers who have held a TEFL or similar qualification for at least one year and have taught students of this age range. If you enjoy being in a sporty, outdoor environment, teaching those who are eager to learn then please apply. Read more
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Date posted:2006-04-05 | Writer: Select English | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teachers needed in July and August for our busy summer programme teaching children, teenagers and adults. Residential and non-residential posts available. Working with Select English in the summer is a fun and rewarding experience. If you have relevant TEFL qualifications you can apply online and find out about summer teachers accommodation. Read more
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Date posted:2006-01-26 | Writer: Manor Courses Ltd | Email: email@example.com
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Date posted:2005-06-17 | Writer: MANOR COURSES | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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