Advice for English foreign teachers

Source: these advice for English foreign teachers is from national career service of UK

Foreign teacher of English for kids

How to become an English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher

First thing first, you can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • applying directly
  • professional development training


We advice foreign teachers to have a degree or postgraduate course that gives you qualified teacher status (QTS). Useful subjects include:

  • English
  • linguistics
  • modern foreign languages
  • education studies

Entry requirements

Fundamentally, you will need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

More information


Another advice for foreign teachers is that you can take Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) courses at colleges and private training providers all over the world. They vary widely in cost and length. You can do:

  • a full-time course lasting 4 weeks or 120 hours
  • a part-time course lasting 11, 16 weeks or 36 weeks
  • a distance learning course where you may need to arrange your own teaching practice

Accordingly, the most common TEFL qualifications are:

Entry requirements

Fundamentally, you will need:

  • an excellent standard of English
  • A levels or equivalent qualifications

Further information

You can get more details on TEFL qualifications from Trinity College London and Cambridge English.

Also, you can find out more about how to become a teacher in further education from FE Advice.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

Ideally, you will need

  • knowledge of English language
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to read English
  • excellent written communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • persistence and determination
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

Fundamentally, you will need

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • preparing and teaching language lessons and activities
  • producing learning resources
  • encouraging talking, to develop language and understanding
  • setting and marking tests and exercises
  • organising social and cultural activities, like sports, social events and trips
  • keeping learner records

Working environment

Ideally, you could work at a language school, at a college or from home.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

Career path and progression

Afterwards, with experience you may be able to progress to a management position in a commercial language school or a college.

Also,you could move into private tuition or teacher training. Besides that, you could open your own language school or write EFL learning materials, online resources and apps.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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