What do I Need?
You MUST be 18 years or older to enroll in our TESOL Certificate program.
Other than that, If you are a passport holder of the following countries, then you automatically qualify to teach English abroad and earn your TESOL Certificate. However, if you are a non-native English speaker who is fluent in English, you can also teach English abroad in Thailand. Please click on the PERFECT ENGLISH? tab to learn more.
- New Zealand
- South Africa
DO I NEED EXPERIENCE TO TEACH ENGLISH ABROAD?
Life Experience. The only experience you need is your life experience and a passion for life.
Teaching Experience. If you have experience teaching, that’s great. If not, no problem. To be honest, a lot of the best TESOL students, who go on to be teachers of English abroad, are the ones with no experience. Why? That’s a complicated topic, but there are two main reasons:
- They don’t have the bad habits that some experienced teachers have developed.
- Since they don’t have preconceived notions about teaching, they are more open to the theories and practices of teaching English abroad, which differ from the lecture style of teaching you grew up with.
The fact is, the methods and skills used in teaching English abroad are different from what your high school math teacher used. They’re better!
Gain Experience. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done up until this point in life, what matters is where you want to go, what you want to do, and who you want to be. You can’t place a value on the experience you’ll gain and the experiences you’ll have teaching English abroad.
DO I NEED A DEGREE OR DIPLOMA TO TEACH ENGLISH ABROAD?
NO! You don’t need a degree or a diploma to teach English abroad, but it certainly can’t hurt. Some employers will pay a “bonus” to teachers who do have a degree.
Can it benefit you? of course it can, but not having it will not hold you back. Interestingly, some of the best paying jobs go to those with backgrounds in math, science, arts, business, etc., who possess a TESOL certification.
DO I NEED A FOREIGN LANGUAGE TO TEACH ENGLISH ABROAD?
NO! In fact, it’s better if you don’t.
- They already have someone teaching them English via their native language.
- They hired you because you can speak English.
- It’s bad methodology to teach English using their native language.
Teaching Languages Via Translation is Bad!
Think back to when you learned English or whatever your first language is. Did someone translate it for you? No! You learned your first language the right way, without translation. If you ever wondered why you struggled to learn a foreign language in high school, well, the grammar-translation method is one of the biggest reasons why! So don’t be hard on yourself. It wasn’t that you were a bad student, you were just taught with poor methodology.
Why Learn the Local Language?
Don’t get us wrong, we HIGHLY recommend that you learn some of the local language. (In fact, our course includes local language instruction, at no charge to you!)
- It will allow you to better empathize with your students who are also taking on a new language.
- It’s fun!
- It’s helpful.
- It’s a way of showing respect to the local culture and the people will LOVE you for it.
DO I NEED PERFECT ENGLISH TO TEACH ENGLISH ABROAD?………NO!
If you are a passport holder of the following countries, then you automatically qualify to teach English abroad:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
Additionally, we’ve trained and placed people from Columbia, France, India, Italy, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Poland, Philippines, Romania, Somalia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and many many more.
DO I NEED TO BE A GRAMMAR EXPERT?
No. Nobody teaching English abroad is an expert at grammar. Nobody! (Okay, maybe 8 people.)
HOW DID YOU LEARN ENGLISH? Remember how you learned English? Did you learn it by studying grammar and reading grammar books? NO! So why should we teach English that way. Our TESOL training system will train you to teach English the natural way, effortlessly.
WHO TEACHES GRAMMAR? This is left up to their regular English teacher. For instance, in Thailand, they will have a native Thai speaker teach them grammar. This is there area of expertise.
GRAMMAR TEACHING SYSTEM. Of course, it helps if you are familiar with grammar. Lucky for you, we’ll provide you with our patented English grammar teaching system. Teach grammar without teaching grammar. It’s so fun, your students won’t know they are learning grammar, and so easy, you won’t realize you’re teaching it.
NON-NATIVES. We’ve trained non-native English speakers from almost every country to teach English abroad. They actually get some of the best jobs teaching English abroad. Why? Their experience perfecting a foreign language gives them powerful insights into the process of learning a foreign language. Don’t worry, we’ll share all those insights with you!
WHAT DO I NEED TO TEACH ENGLISH ABROAD?
- You need to have the desire to teach English abroad. You clearly have that.
- You need to register for a TESOL or TEFL certification course and get TESOL certified.
- Book your flight, get trained & start your TESOL job!
PRETTY EASY, RIGHT?