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What country to choose as a beginner EFL?

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  • Alyssia
    21 June, 2008 at 15:27
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    My name is Alyssia, English teacher.
    I am interested to teach English in another country and I would like to know what country to choose. Any advice is useful.


    26 June, 2008 at 9:00
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    Reply To: What country to choose as a beginner EFL?

    Hi Alyssia

    That’s quite a difficult question to answer, without some more information:

    What are your qualifications and experience? Are you a native English speaker? What is your nationality? Do you have any preferences for an area of the world?


    26 June, 2008 at 11:27
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    Thanks for your reply.

    I have a BA and MA in Englih Language and Literature, in a Romanian university. My nationality is Romanian, I teach English in a highschool since 2003 onwards. I graduated the pedagogical highschool and worked as a permanent primary teacher since 1998, then I decided to go to university to study English language and literature. In 2005, I obtained the certificate granting tenure in education or the qualified teacher status. I was appointed as a permanent English teacher since 2003, after the participation of the national contest for teachers for jobs in education.

    I noticed that many schools require English nationality and in most cases certificates like: TEFL/TESOL, CELTA or DELTA are a must. I would like to know what are my chances to teach English abroad, in Europe or Asia.

    Thanks for any useful information.


    28 June, 2008 at 16:30
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    You have a good educational background though you should probably look at getting TESL/TEFL certified as well. In many countries the minimum requirements for entry level positions are a degree + a TESL/TEFL.

    However you should be aware that looking for work outside your own country is going to be more challenging. You will be often in direct competition with native English speakers. So if you were on a shortlist with a native English speaker who had very similar qualifications and background to yours then the post would be more likely to be given to the native English speaker. However, if the native English speaker was under qualified or had no experience you would stand a very good chance of getting the job despite not being a native English speaker.

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    6 July, 2008 at 12:46
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    What ICalPete says is perfectly true, and sound advice. In all my job ads I stipulate Native Speaker only, and I really insist upon that for those who apply by email. However, anyone who does a ‘walk-in’ interview is most welcome to convince me they can teach. They must however be near perfect native speakers, 100% fit in grammar, and have a solid knowledge of English idiom. What usually lets them down is a distinctly noticeable foreign accent. That said, many Poles, Hungarians, Russians, Germans, Lithuanians, French, Greeks and Dutch have literally ‘talked’ me into giving them a job :D

    In Thailand, a TESOL certificate is not a per se requirement, but job seekers who have one, whatever their nationality, will have a distinct advantage if their English is near perfect.

    You cannot have it all ways but if you want it one way, you can teach in Thailand: http://nittayo.org

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