There’s nothing more satisfying in teaching than witnessing the growth and development of your students’ skills and confidence. When your students are children, or young teens, and their whole lives are ahead of them, your job feels truly fulfilling. It’s no wonder teaching young learners is such a popular choice among EFL teachers.
Why Teach Young People?
Teaching young learners is equal parts rewarding and challenging. Not to be cliché, but no two days are the same. You will constantly be on your toes and you will undoubtedly feel rather tired by the end of every working day. Meeting the needs of a child, no matter whether they’re six or sixteen, can be difficult. Yet, when you see how much your students progress the everyday toil will be more than worth it. For hard, stimulating work where the results are visible and, more often than not, very positive, go teach English as a foreign language to teens and children.
Who Will I Teach?
As you can probably guess, your students will tend to be of a younger age. You should prepare to teach a spectrum of ages, from kindergarten up to around sixteen years old. With that spectrum comes a whole range of different moods, behaviours, and personalities. Be empathetic, understanding, firm but caring – you are a role model for these students.
Students may originate from all sorts of backgrounds and nationalities. Where, and what type of TEFL, you decide to teach can have an effect on the sort of pupils you’re more likely to encounter. For instance, becoming a private business English tutor in Russia may welcome a more affluent class of kids, the offspring of very wealthy parents. Or, you could teach in a rural school in the heart of South America where the majority of the children will live in small agricultural villages.
Where Can I Teach?
All around the world. There’s no place on Earth where education isn’t needed for youngsters. TEFL industries are large and booming in many countries. Even in smaller, or less popular, nations there’s a demand for English teachers. Children are probably the most common student demographic in TEFL and so, therefore, you won’t exactly be limited in destination choice.
One of the great things about TEFL is the flexible nature of the industry. You can negotiate a contract with employers, work long hours, assist teachers, go freelance, become a private tutor, or even conduct online lessons. Just as it’s possible to work in almost any country, there is a vast array of potential employers. Choose one which will help you live your dream lifestyle – the world is your oyster.
A selection of popular TEFL destinations:
Easily the biggest and most thriving TEFL industry out there (I mean, just check out the proportion of China jobs on our Jobs Centre), China is a fantastic place to teach, no matter what you’re looking for. It’s not uncommon for schools to pamper their teachers with benefits and decent wages, although this comes with higher expectations, too.
Through France’s Teaching Assistant Programme and general demand for teachers, you should be able to find work here as an English teacher. Generally, try to avoid public schools because of the red tape. However, there are plenty of private language schools just waiting for qualified teachers to apply.
If you’re looking to teach wealthy parents’ offspring in private classes then this is the place to go. Alternatively, Russia’s also great for pretty much every other type of TEFL lesson so you have nothing to fear in terms of choice (or lack thereof).
With a similar demand of teachers to China, but less stringent requirements, Thailand is a hotspot for English teachers. There are countless schools in need of English-speakers here. Curious? You don’t want to miss out on our TEFL internship, then!
The smaller, but equally exciting neighbour of Thailand – Vietnam is a fantastic place to educate young learners.
What Will Classes Consist Of?
What your classes will consist of can depend on the school you’re working with, the country you’re in, the age group of your students, and a few other factors. In our TEFL courses, you will be trained on how to take classes in the most professional manner possible. Additionally, we also offer an advanced course with the teaching of young learners being the focus. During these, you will gain a far deeper understanding of what everyday lessons will entail.
What Do I Need?
There’s no specific requirement to teach younger students – or to TEFL at all for that matter. It is, however, strongly recommended that those aspiring to teach abroad possess, at the very least, a TEFL certificate from a trustworthy provider such as ourselves. Usually, something like a 120 hour certificate is advised but we also offer courses designed to train teachers in the art of educating young learners. Occasionally, a degree may be required either for a visa or because the school states them as a requirement of applicants. Some popular destinations that require degrees to obtain a visa are: China, South Korea, Japan, and Thailand. There are more so make sure to research prior to moving away!
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade suggests contacting the embassy of whatever country you plan to visit to check if you need a visa to enter, work, or live in said country.
Keep in mind that better qualifications and experience equates to attractiveness to employers, an increased chance of landing your dream job, and a stronger stance in negotiating salaries and hours.