English is one of the most spoken languages in the world: nowadays almost everybody learns English as a second language at school and it is one of the main languages in business. So, if you love English and teaching is your passion or you are just looking for adventures around the world, why not becoming a qualified English teacher?
Get an official Qualification to teach English
If you want to become an English teacher you will need an official qualification. The most widely known ones are CertTESOL (Trinity College Londons’ Certificate inTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and CELTA (the Cambridge University Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). There are many more TEFL qualifications from a variety of different accrediting bodies. For those looking to TEFL as a possible career or who want the best possible preparation for the classroom (for themselves and their students), a CELTA or equivalent is a requirement (by equivalent, we mean something with a similar number of hours of work and in class teaching practice).
These qualifications normally ask to the applicant to have an Undergraduate degree and a good level of English (they recommend a C2 in the European Common Framework) but being a native speaker is not a requirement
Become an English teacher
Every qualification has different requirements in terms of schedule, total hours of the course or examination method: depending on the kind of accreditation you would need to do more or less hours, a test and/or some assessments in order to become a teacher. However, in all of them you would need to do some assessed teaching practice (hours required vary depending on the qualification). The general industry minimum is 120-130 hours total and at least 6 hours of teaching practice.
In CELTA, for example, assessment is continuous and there are no examinations. In Language Link, we offer Full time and Part time options and 6 hours of assessed teaching practice. You can find more information here.
Teach English around the world
Once you obtain your qualification you will ready to teach. You can stay in the UK but you can also travel the world and teach the language overseas.
If you are thinking in getting a CELTA accreditation, in Language Link we have more than 25 years of experience in teacher training in our centre of Earls Court. For more information click here or phone +44 (0) 20 7370 4755.