The simple answer to this question is YES.
Although having experience isn’t a requirement, by gaining some classroom teaching experience you’ll become more employable and have a much higher chance of securing a well-paid TEFL job.
Here are some tips on how to gain teaching experience that will boost your CV/resume:
- You can gain experience by teaching refugees or asylum seekers in a local community centre.
- You could also hold group ESL classes or one to one classes to people who perhaps work in the hospitality industry (many non-native English speakers are employed in cafes, restaurants and hotels). It’s your choice if you’d like to charge for these classes or hold them free of charge.
- To help you build up your confidence and to get a feel of what the classroom life is like, you could apply for a short-term teaching internship for four to six months, and then decide if a longer TEFL job contract is for you.
There are many ways to dip your toe into the world of teaching English abroad. If you have a passion for travel, culture and people then our advice is to give it a go!
By Sarah Supple