Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Teaching English as a foreign language, also known as TEFL or ESL (English as a second language), has become one of the largest education industries in the world. As the industry has grown, so have the opportunities. Experienced and inexperienced teachers can still enjoy a fun year or two working abroad, but other opportunities within the industry have opened up. Teachers can now enjoy lasting careers as well as travel and experience new cultures. Now really is the best time to teach English as a foreign language.

Why Teach English as a Foreign Language

Teaching English as a foreign language is one of the most rewarding jobs there is. As a teacher, you can get instant feedback on the work that you have done. When you teach a new word, correct a sentence or help someone with their pronunciation, you can see the results immediately. There’s no better feeling than seeing a group of your students speak English to each other and have fun in class.
TEFL teachers not only help people to learn English, but they also help them have fun in the process. Learning a language requires speaking. Fun games, activities, team tasks and real situations not only get students speaking, but they also make learning interesting and enjoyable. As a teacher, you can create games and activities that both you and your students enjoy and have fun at work making a difference.

What does a TEFL Teacher Do?

As a teacher, your day will vary depending on the type of teaching that you decide to do. You can specialise in teaching kids and teens, teaching adults or even teaching English online. For kids and teens, as well as adults teachers, most of your time will be spent in class, guiding students through the three key elements of English language learning. EF likes to refer to these three elements as learn, try and apply.
In the learning phase, teachers introduce new vocabulary and sentence structures, through games and activities. In the try phase, students will practice as teachers monitor their use and help guide and correct errors. In the practice phase, teachers organise activities for the students to use the language naturally. Using the latest methodologies and best practices, teaching English as a foreign language requires hands-on practical learning and teaching.


Once you have your bachelor’s degree and you have completed a minimum of 120 hour TEFL qualification, you can teach almost anywhere in the world. The demand for the English language is global, which is great news if you’re looking for a new adventure abroad. At EF English First, we have teaching jobs available in some of the most exciting countries in the ESL industry. We have positions in China, Russia and Indonesia, and as long as you meet our criteria, you will be well on your way to a new life overseas.


ESL teachers are known for being a welcoming fun loving bunch, with an appetite for travel and a thirst for adventure. If that sounds like you, then you have come to the right place. As long as you meet the criteria below, you’ll be teaching English as a foreign language in no time!

  1. You will need a 120 hour TEFL certificate (sponsorship available).
  2. You will need to be a passport holder from the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
  3. Bachelor’s degree in any field
  4. The ability to obtain a clear criminal background check.
  5. The ability to work abroad for a year

TEFL Qualifications

An online certification is enough for most English teaching jobs, as long as it is a minimum of 120 hours. These qualifications usually require you to watch videos, read around the topic and test your understanding of core principles and methodologies. Once you have successfully completed all of the modules, you will receive your teaching English as a foreign language certification and you’ll be ready to start training in class.
EF English First can sponsor your certification, which is a mix of online and offline classes. You will be given access to our online learning platform, where you will complete most of the course, and once you arrive with us, we’ll give you some more in class training to help you develop and put into practice what you have learnt.

The world is waiting for you

Teach English, travel and work abroad with EF English First