13 Different TEFL Jobs For TEFL Teachers
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When it comes to teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) it should come as no surprise that the job involves, well, teaching. That’s kinda in the job title. And indeed, many people do a TEFL course and get a TEFL certificate in order to teach English abroad. But even that is a very general statement because there are loads of different TEFL jobs for TEFL teachers. You might realise this when you are scrolling through job adverts and notice there are some job postings for jobs that aren’t “teacher”. There’s no need to get confused, because we’re right here to help you understand exactly the different jobs for TEFL teachers and what they mean.
13 Different TEFL Jobs For TEFL Teachers
This is the one you’re probably most familiar with. The TEFL teacher is a teacher who teaches English as a foreign language. There are many different teaching situations an EFL teacher could find themselves in, be it teaching young learners or adults, in a school or university, in a classroom or 1-to-1.
EFL Teacher in a non-English-speaking country
Again, this jobs for TEFL teachers is usually the popular choice. Teaching in a country like Thailand, Brazil or Turkey, for example, could mean teaching in a kindergarten, private or state school, university, or a private language school.
Read more: 10 EFL Language Schools You Should Know
EFL teacher in an English-speaking country
Not many people realise that it’s also possible to teach English as a foreign language in countries like the UK, South Africa, Canada and Australia, to name a few. In these countries you are likely to be working in a private language school, though this could include being a private tutor, teaching on a summer camp, or teaching at a university.
Summer Camp Teacher
Let’s start with the most temporary of the jobs for TEFL teachers: summer camps.
Summer camps can be between 1 and 12 weeks long. Some students only come for a week or two while others can stay for the whole summer. Similarly, some teachers only teach for a few weeks while others can stay for the duration. Teachers can be resident teachers who stay on the camp premises or they can live off-campus and come in for their teaching hours. Residential teachers receive a higher wage because they often work more non-teaching hours, but their accommodation is included. Some residential teachers have pastoral positions which means they eat with the campers and share accommodation with them to look after them at night. Summer camp teachers are expected not only to teach their lessons but also to lead or take part in arts and crafts, music or sports activities in the afternoons, as well as supervise excursions.
Read more: 5 Characteristics of Summer Camp Teachers
EFL Teacher in a school
This could be teaching in a kindergarten, primary school or high school – private or government. Class sizes will vary but can be anything from 20 to 75 (or even worse!). These TEFL teachers can teach up to about 30 hours a week. They generally see loads of students once a week. They might have a teaching assistant (see below) to help them out.
In a school there are a number of different jobs for TEFL teachers besides the general TEFL teacher:
A class teacher will have their own classroom. They will look after a specific class and deal with any administration tasks. They will see this class every morning and at the end of the day. The class teacher will teach English as a foreign language to their class (and maybe others) but they will also teach other subjects.
Sometimes a TEFL teacher works in collaboration with a co-teacher. This is usually a qualified native teacher from whichever country you are in. While this teacher is most certainly there to help with any language barriers, they are your equal as a teacher so you share an equal teaching load and may even team-teach lessons.
A teaching assistant is in the classroom with the TEFL teacher. They may help the teacher with planning lessons and even the execution of the lessons. In other schools the assistant may be there more to help with classroom management, discipline and any language problems which may arise between the teacher and the students.
A Head teacher is a teacher who is the head of a subject (English) or a grade. The Head teacher will have more responsibilities than a general teacher but will still teach. They will likely attend meetings and have a say in the running of the school, or at least the EFL department.
EFL teacher in a university
University positions are highly sought after. They generally offer better pay, fewer hours, and your students are usually highly motivated and dedicated. TEFL teachers in a university could be teaching English to prepare students to enter an English-medium university or to support students who are already learning in English. For many reasons, university positions usually require some form of teaching license or degree on top of a TEFL certificate.
EFL teacher in a language school
Language schools usually cater for adult students but in some non-English-speaking countries they offer classes to Young Learners too. Language schools offer lessons during the day but also in the evenings and sometimes on weekends for people who work. Adult students are often highly motivated because they are learning English for their own purposes.
Then there are a few different positions in a language school:
Director of Studies
The Director of Studies is more of an administrative position than a teaching position. This is the equivalent to a principal of a school. The DoS makes all decisions regarding curriculum, schedule, and teacher recruitment. They will also be the ones who observe your lessons as a new teacher and organize or carry out any Continuous Professional Development. In some schools the Directors of Studies will also teach a few lessons but this is not always the case.
Assistant Director of Studies
The ADoS does exactly what the title suggests: they assist the DoS in all of their duties. The only difference is that the ADoS will usually have regular part-time teaching hours as well.
In a language school there is often a General Manager as well as a Director of Studies. The GM is not involved in the academic side of things but rather in the business side of running the school. They will deal with the Sales and Marketing side of running a language school (which is essentially a business). As a teacher you may have very little interaction with the GM.
So there you have it, the different jobs of a TEFL teacher. Not only are there many different teaching situations you can find yourself in but there are many different positions you can occupy as a teacher in your career. Look out for different teaching opportunities and try to gain as much different experience as you can and maybe one day you will find yourself as a Director of your own school!
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ELEARNING FUTURES LTD retains personal information in line with our corporate retention requirements. Your data will be stored within the European Economic Area (“the EEA”) (The EEA consists of all EU member states, plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). However, in some circumstances, part or all of your data may be stored or transferred outside of the European Economic Area (“the EEA”). You are deemed to accept and agree to this by using our site and submitting information to us. If we do store or transfer data outside the EEA, we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated as safely and securely as it would be within the EEA and under the GDPR. Such steps may include, but not be limited to, the use of legally binding contractual terms between us and any third parties we engage with, and the use of the EU-approved Model Contractual Arrangements. If we intend at any time to transfer any of your data outside the EEA, we will always obtain your consent beforehand.
Right to access personal information
- Under the law, any individual has a right to ask for a copy of the personal information held about them. This means that you can ask for the information that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD holds about you. This is known as the right of ‘subject access’.
- When making a request you will need to give us:
- a request in writing (by post or by email)
- We may need to ask you to provide:
- proof of your identity
- proof of your home address
- any information that we reasonably need to locate the information you have requested (for example details of the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD offices or staff that you have had contact with and when)
We will not start looking for your information until we receive all of the above. In order to submit your request, or for help making a request, please contact us.
Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.