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Teacher of English as a Foreign Language

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Teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL) teach English to adults or children, from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds, whose first language is not English.

The Work

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Pay

The figures below are only a guide as actual pay rates may vary, depending on where you work and the company or organisation you work for.

Many jobs are short term and part time, so salaries are often quoted as hourly or weekly rates. However, starting salaries for full time EFL teachers in private language schools in the UK tend to be between £14,000 and £20,000 a year, rising to £25,000 to £38,000 a year.

Hourly rates for part time posts in the UK vary, depending on your employer, experience and qualifications, from about £10 to £30. Weekly rates for seasonal staff vary from about £275 to £600 (for specialist teachers and experienced course directors). Some posts paid at lower rates include accommodation.

Overseas salaries vary depending on the country in which you work. Teaching English to professionals in Europe can be well paid. In some overseas countries, salaries are low – but the cost of living is also low. Some posts overseas are for volunteers who work in return for their keep and pocket money.

If you teach overseas, check your contract carefully for conditions of work and salary arrangements as well as holiday and sick pay.

Conditions

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Getting In

The following courses are run at centres throughout the UK and abroad:

The Certificate courses are run as short full time (4-5 weeks) or part time (over several months) courses. The Diploma courses can be taken full time over 2-3 months or part time over 6-12 months. Distance learning options are also available.

You would require a satisfactory PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) check to show you are suitable for this type of work. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details.

In the UK, jobs are with private sector colleges and some local authorities, particularly where there are large ethnic communities. Overseas employers include the British Council, aid and volunteer agencies, embassies, cultural institutes and educational establishments.

Jobs are advertised on the internet. You can also apply through the British Council.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
9338
0.7 %
RISE
2023
9400
  United Kingdom
2018
131438
1.4 %
RISE
2023
133325

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What Does it Take?

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You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Most EFL teachers work overseas, but there is also a demand in the UK. There is a lot of competition for permanent posts in the UK.

The British Council employs teachers in over 100 countries. However, they only employ graduates who have a recognised TESOL qualification (such as CELTA or Cert TESOL) and a minimum of 2 years' full time relevant work experience. See the jobs section of their website for more details.

The ESOL Scotland website has useful information on national ESOL developments and personal development courses.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Council, Scotland
Tel: 0161 957 7755
E-mail: general.enquiries@britishcouncil.org
Website: https://scotland.britishcouncil.org
Twitter: @BCScotland

For information about teaching English abroad.

ESL Employment
Website: http://www.eslemployment.com
Twitter: @ESLemployment

Scottish Association for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (SATEFL)
Website: http://www.satefl.co.uk

Trinity College London
Tel: 020 7820 6100
E-mail: ukandireland@trinitycollege.co.uk
Website: http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/
Twitter: @TrinityC_L
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrinityCollegeLondon

For information on courses in teaching English as a foreign/second language.

University of Cambridge (ESOL Examinations)
Website: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org
Twitter: @CambridgeEng
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CambridgeEnglish

For information on courses in teaching English as a foreign/second language.

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