LAN­GUAGE OF SUC­CESS

Teach­ing English abroad leads to global op­por­tu­ni­ties

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IF you have ever fan­cied trav­el­ling abroad but are un­sure how to fund it why not learn to teach English as a for­eign lan­guage? There’s a con­stant de­mand for qual­i­fied English For­eign Lan­guage (EFL) teach­ers and this seems set to con­tinue as re­search by the Bri­tish Coun­cil pre­dicts that the num­ber of peo­ple ac­tively learn­ing English around the world is set to ex­ceed 1.9bn by 2020.

Founded in Beauly back in 2008 by Joe Hall­wood and Jen­nifer MacKen­zie, TEFL Org UK now trains more than 10,000 stu­dents ev­ery year to teach English as a for­eign lan­guage abroad.

Based in In­ver­ness, with course tu­tors around the globe, TEFL Org UK runs class­room, on­line and com­bined cour­ses through­out the UK, Ire­land, Spain and the US.

Course grad­u­ates have gone on to teach EFL in Europe, the Mid­dle East, Africa, Asia, Cen­tral and South Amer­ica, and even on­line.

There are part-time and full-time teach­ing posts avail­able through­out the year – paid and vol­un­tary with teach­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able at kinder­gartens, lan­guage schools, col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties and sum­mer schools teach­ing to young/adult English learners.

Some schools pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion, flight re­im­burse­ment and other ben­e­fits on top of their teach­ing salary pack­ages.

TEFL Org UK has more ac­cred­i­ta­tion than any other TEFL provider in the UK and this in­cludes ac­cred­i­ta­tion from the BAC (Bri­tish Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil) and ODLQC (Open and Dis­tance Learn­ing Qual­ity Coun­cil). TEFL Org UK is also an SQA ap­proved cen­tre. Cour­ses are recog­nised by em­ploy­ers world­wide with class­room cour­ses held in lo­ca­tions through­out the UK, while on­line cour­ses can be com­pleted from any­where in the world, as long as there is an internet con­nec­tion.

Expert help and sup­port is al­ways avail­able, whether stu­dents are tak­ing class­room or on­line cour­ses or a com­bi­na­tion of the two.

Cour­ses are de­signed to be as ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able as pos­si­ble and any­one with a na­tive or near-na­tive level of English can take them, with a num­ber of op­tions avail­able to fit all bud­gets and sched­ules.

Stu­dents, re­cent grad­u­ates (within the last three years) and the un­em­ployed are el­i­gi­ble for 20 per cent off the price of any course.

Learn­ing to teach English as a for­eign lan­guage not only helps stu­dents to find work abroad but also at home when they re­turn. Even if the ex­pe­ri­ence only lasts for a few weeks or months, em­ploy­ers in the UK will re­gard it in a pos­i­tive light as seek­ing out work in new and un­fa­mil­iar ter­rain shows ini­tia­tive while man­ag­ing travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion abroad shows re­source­ful­ness and open-mind­ed­ness.

It can also be very ful­fill­ing as it can give stu­dents a chance to learn English that they may not have oth­er­wise.

And of course, it is a fan­tas­tic way to ex­pe­ri­ence a dif­fer­ent cul­ture and live in some of the most ex­cit­ing coun­tries in the world.

Even those work­ing full time will have days off when they can see the sights.

TEFL Org UK is not only the largest provider of EFL teacher teach­ing it is also one of the most highly rated, with an “ex­cel­lent” rat­ing of 4.5 out of five stars on av­er­age on the in­de­pen­dent site Re­views.co.uk where it hit the 2,000 re­views mile­stone in March this year.

Cour­ses by TEFL are recog­nised by em­ploy­ers world­wide with class­room cour­ses held in lo­ca­tions through­out the UK.

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