Can I Teach English in an English-Speaking Country?
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Can I teach English in an English-speaking country? This might sound like a dumb question, but it actually isn’t.
Many people know about teaching English in Thailand or Spain or Brazil, but they don’t consider that you might be able to teach English in England or the United States or Australia. After all, English is the official language of those countries, isn’t it?
Well, you might be surprised to find out that teaching English in an English-speaking country is possible. In fact, it’s a massive market. In the UK alone, over 550 000 people come to study English every year. Confused? Let’s look at what teaching English as a Foreign Language really is to help us answer this question properly.
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Teaching English as a Foreign Language
TEFL teachers teach English as a Foreign Language. This means they teach English to learners who speak another language as their first language. English is their second language or often even their third or fourth language. Teaching English makes sense then in a country where English is not spoken by the majority of the population, such as Asian, African, European or South American countries.
In these countries, TEFL teachers are in high demand to teach in schools, universities and private language schools. Though these countries have many local teachers who are able to speak and teach English, there are not enough to satisfy the high demand for English tuition. Plus, many schools, students and parents prefer to bring in TEFL teachers, in addition to their local English teachers, to teach English.
Teaching English as a Foreign Language in an English-speaking country
However, when you think about it, you realise that there is also a demand for English language lessons in countries in which English is an official language. Countries like England and the United States are home to many foreigners and immigrants. They need to learn English in order to live or work or study in the society they are living in.
Of course, in these countries, there is already an abundance of people who can speak English. However, speaking the language is not the same as teaching the language. A high number of English speakers does not equate to a high number of English teachers. Besides the fact that not everyone wants to be a TEFL teacher, not everyone can be a TEFL teacher.
This is why even in countries like England, the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, there is a need for TEFL teachers. In these countries, TEFL teachers don’t teach in mainstream schools, but they teach in private language schools. They can also teach in universities, to prepare foreign students to study an English-medium course.
Teaching in a private language school
Private language schools which teach English as a Foreign Language are very different to state or private mainstream schools. In English-speaking countries, for the most part, the students of language schools are adults. Adults from all over the world come to these countries to spend a few weeks, months or years learning English while living in an English-speaking environment. At the same time, some students are already living and working in these countries and need to attend English lessons to improve their English.
Read more: 6 Differences between Teaching Adults and Young Learners
Some students will attend the school full-time and have lessons for a few hours a day. These students attend the school for a few weeks, months or even a year. They might be self-funded or they could be being sponsored by their company or government. Others, who already live in the country permanently, might be working at the same time so they will attend lessons a few times a week in the evenings or on weekends.
Teachers in language schools typically work 20 to 25 hours a week. Your classes are generally small, usually not more than 12 students. There are a range of English lessons you might teach, such as General English, Academic English, English for Exams, or English for Specific Purposes. You are paid hourly, so the more you work, the more you earn.
However, the number of lessons you teach depends on the number of classes available to you. Language schools offer weekly enrolment, so new students will arrive at the beginning of every week and students will leave at the end of every week. This means that during certain times of the year, these schools are busier than at others – usually during the summer months. This means that you might work harder during some months (the peak months) than others – which also means your salary is not always the same.
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Teaching on summer camps
During school holidays, many of these language schools run summer camps for schoolchildren. Learners from all over the world will spend a few weeks living at these summer camps. They attend lessons in the mornings and have sports or social activities in the afternoons. On certain days they will go on excursions and go to the various tourist sites in the local area.
Teachers on summer camps will teach the English lessons, but they are also required to take part in the other activities. Teachers will take turns accompanying the students on their excursions. For many teachers this is the big bonus of teaching on a summer camp – you get to explore the country as a tourist for free while getting paid to do it!
Some teachers opt to be residential teachers, meaning they stay in the same accommodation as the students. These teachers get to know the students even better, as they eat their meals with them and maintain law and order at bedtime.
Because summer camps are usually in small towns or holiday destinations, teachers can choose to stay in their own accommodation or they can choose to stay at the camp location. If this is the case, your pay rate might be a bit lower but you will not need to worry about food or board for the duration of the summer camp. This is not the same as being a residential or pastoral teacher, as you will have no extra duties besides teaching, but you will stay at the camp.
As you can imagine, pay rates for summer camps vary depending on your responsibilities and your experience. The great thing is if you return to the same camp for the next holiday, you are generally given a raise or a returning bonus.
Read more: 5 Characteristics of Summer Camp Teachers
Teaching in a university
If you are an experienced TEFL teacher or hold a teaching certificate as well as a TEFL certificate or hold a Master’s degree, you have the option of teaching in a university. In English-speaking countries, foreign students come from all over the world to study for their degree in an English-medium institution.
However, surviving and thriving in an English-speaking university can be challenging for English language learners. They not only have to have strong conversational English skills to get by in their everyday lives, but they need the specific skills needed to be able to listen to lectures, take notes, give presentations, read academic texts and write academic papers.
Because of this, many universities offer a year of preparation courses for foreign students. During this year, the students attend lessons on Academic English to brush up on their English and prepare them for their degree ahead. Teaching in a university can be a fun challenge, but it is also a more serious environment.
So as you can see, there is more to TEFL than teaching kindergarten in Bangkok! Even in English-speaking countries, there are loads of opportunities available for TEFL teachers.
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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.