Where Should I Teach English?

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This is a very good question, and there is no right or wrong answer, but there are some key points that you should follow to make sure that you are happy with your experience teaching English.

 

How far away from home do you really want to be?

 

Though the Far East Asia is a booming English teacher market, there are many other places which also have good job availability, you can even teach English in England at one of the many language schools where people from abroad come to learn English. Europe is a good middle ground, and Spain and Italy have a high demand for ESL teachers. Turkey also has a active and expanding teaching market and is under five hours from the UK. However ultimately many people choose to go further; China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand remain the most popular choices for aspiring English teachers.

 

Do you want to live in a city?

 

Once you’ve chosen a country, this is the next big hurdle. The idea of living in the countryside away from the distractions of modern life might seem enchanting at first, but remember you have to live there for a year. If you really aren’t a city person then this could be your calling. It’s worth remember that while there are jobs in sunny beach paradises, most are located in the big cities like Shanghai, Seoul and Bangkok.

 

Should you teach at a language centre, school or university?

 

One of decisions which is important wherever you end up is what type of institution you want to teach in. You have to trust your instinct on this a little bit, or you could do a little volunteering to test the water. If you like having fun, singing songs and playing games, then teaching children is probably right for you. However, if you love getting stuck into a bit of serious grammar, enjoy creative and critical writing, then teaching at a language centre or university is probably more your thing.

 

How much money do you want to make?

 

You might assume the more the merrier, but speak to seasoned ESL teachers and their answers might well be surprising. Though you can make a good salary in South Korea, you will be expected to work hard for this, but if you like working hard and you are interested in saving then it could be just the place. On the other hand teaching in Thailand will give you a comfortable life, even if you can’t save very much, perfect for those who enjoy a work life balance. The choice is yours; just do your research before you make any snap decisions about an attractive salary!  

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