Teaching English as a second language

Teaching English as a second language is the practice of teaching English to “non-native” English language learners from around the world. It’s currently estimated that there are over 1 billion people learning English worldwide. This means that teaching English as a second language has become a booming industry filled with opportunity. As an English language teacher, you could earn money to support your travel ambitions,  or forge a rewarding career. It doesn’t matter what your ambitions are, all that matters is that you’re enthusiastic, willing to learn and ready for a new adventure.

Benefits of Teaching English as a second language

Teaching English as a second language provides you with a world of opportunities. The size and scope of the industry allows you to teach almost anywhere in the world. As an English teacher abroad, you’ll get the chance to immerse yourself in new cultures and live life like a local. Career opportunities are also available for those who are looking to progress.
As a teacher, you can move through the ranks from senior teacher, to centre manager or director of study roles. You also can branch out into other areas within the industry such as product development, marketing, recruitment and senior management. Take a look at our job openings and see how you can get started.

What to expect as a teacher

It doesn’t matter if you’re new to teaching English as a second language or a veteran, we’ll do our best to help you settle in and get used to our syllabus. At EF, we’re passionate about education and teaching. That’s why we have worked hard to create courses and classes that all ages know and love. As a teacher, you will get full support and training to help you make your classes both educational and fun. You can create games, use realia (props), flashcards and supplementary materials to bring your classes to life. It doesn’t matter if you’re teaching a 5-year-old or a 65-year-old, as long as the students are learning, using the target language and having fun, you’re doing a great job.

Where can I teach?

One of the best reasons to teach English as a second language is that you can teach almost anywhere in the world. EF English First currently has schools in three of the largest ESL markets. You can find a new teaching job in China, Indonesia or Russia.
In China, EF has over 300 schools in over 60 cities. You can choose to teach in a smaller traditional city with a low cost of living. Or you can join us in one of China’s megacities, where you’ll enjoy a mix of traditional life and modernity. Positions in Russia and Indonesia also offer career advancement and travel opportunities. With schools in some of the major cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg or Jakarta, you can enjoy a big city life. If you prefer a slower paced life, you could even teach English in Bali. Take a look at our teaching locations and start planning your journey.

The world is waiting for you

Teach English, travel and work abroad with EF English First