Before starting your adventure teaching abroad, perhaps you should consider getting some more practical experience. Read on to hear from David Bish about reasons that doing a practicum in the UK and Ireland might be a good first step. David Bish, an educator since 1989 and in EFL since 1995 is Director of Academic Management for EF Education First Language Travel, one of the largest employers of qualified TEFL teachers in the UK & Ireland, he’d love to see your job application this summer!
Have you considered a paid practicum in the UK or Ireland?
So you’ve got a TEFL qualification and you are itching to head abroad – teach, travel and meet the world?
Well, just before you begin your overseas adventure in TEFL with your TEFL certificate, have you considered the benefits of getting some paid practical experience in the UK or Ireland before you go?
I have been recruiting teachers around the world for the last 15 years, here are my five top reasons to give you pause for thought:
1] Summer and school holidays are peak times for students to travel to English speaking countries. The bulk of jobs are in the UK and Ireland, so it’s easier to find that first job and start earning.
2] Staying in your home country will reduce the culture shock as you begin a new career and start coping with a new work schedule, the demands of planning lessons, marking and dealing with a classroom environment from the teachers’ side of the desk.
3] It’s easier to get your hands on materials, both paid for ones and those essentials like a local restaurant menu, flyers from local tourist attractions, magazine articles and so on, that can really enrich your lessons. Get used to using these things at home and take your favourites abroad when you go.
4] The UK & Ireland are really the home of the TEFL industry, long established schools and professional teachers have years of experience supporting new teachers and bringing them into the profession. A little expert mentoring goes a long way to relieving the stress of a new job.
5] Any time teaching at home is going to look great on your CV and add that practical edge to the skills learnt from your course. Both helping you do a better job in the classroom and get a better pick of the good schools. Just when things start quieting down in the UK and Ireland, most annual contracts start overseas – that’s the lifecycle if the industry – it’s a perfect fit!
David Bish, an educator since 1989 and in EFL since 1995 is Director of Academic Management for EF Education First Language Travel, one of the largest employers of qualified TEFL teachers in the UK & Ireland – he’d love to see your job application this summer!