Why Teach English as a Foreign Language?

When you become a TEFL worker, you can experience job satisfaction that’s typically difficult to find in other careers, associated with teaching. When you teach English to foreign students, you’re helping them integrate to the British way of living.

Your teaching can help them integrate with the community, eradicating the language barrier, which assists in their quality of life.That is if you choose to teach foreign students in the UK.

Why Teach English as a Foreign Language?


This is the type of work in immigration detention centres, or people living in the UK, awaiting their permanent Visas. When you go outside of the UK, that’s where you find additional benefits. The benefits of travelling to teach, is that you get to experience the cultural differences that backpackers and tourists miss out on, on their travels through different areas.

When you travel to different countries, it’s often the tourist attractions you see. Experiencing the hotels, bed and breakfasts or some tourist hostels. You see the country, but you don’t get the real experience of living in the culture. That’s why many a TEFL worker will choose this career, as deep down, most will be cultural enthusiasts.

The career lets you get work worldwide, and in each country you work, you’ll be employed for the most part of a year. That’s plenty of time to experience the real culture of the country you work in. Instead of travelling and experiencing the tourist hotspots, you become a part of the local communities, which tourists and backpackers won’t ever experience. You’ll be developing friendships with your neighbours in the country you’re teaching in, and that’s going to be where you get a real taste for what life is like in the different culture.

The cost of living, how they make a living, the way they live, rest, and activities they participate in, in their spare time. Every country has a different culture and for the true culture enthusiast, to experience the different parts of the world, it can become an expensive passion.

As a TEFL worker, you get a salary for passing on your knowledge of the English language, while enjoying fulfilling one of your personal ambitions in life.

The problem you’ll encounter

Employers! They know what keeps people in the profession of teaching English as a foreign language. They also know there are plenty of people looking to fund their travels, so the salary for a TEFL worker isn’t going to be all that high.

The main benefit is getting to experience life in the different cultures around the world. While you’re teaching foreign students a new skill, you can find yourself picking up some skills of your own, from the locals teaching you a thing or two that helps make life easier for them.

It’s a career with balance, where you trade your skills for to pick up other skills from locals in areas around the world.

TEFL careers only need to know English and not two languages

This a misconception some people have is that if they study French as a second language, they can only teach in countries speaking the French language. That’s not true. The reason is that most countries teach English in schools as it’s a dominant language spoken in the vast majority of places.

Your role is to enhance that teaching. Students will know the basics of the English language, but by having a teacher who can communicate solely in English, helps them get a much better grasp on learning.

It can help to translate what pupils are saying; when they speak in their native language, but it isn’t essential, as there will be others on hand to assist with the language barrier. An additional benefit is that you can cross the career of a TEFL worker and become a translator in different languages.

Since the salaries for teaching to foreign students aren’t great, you could reap the benefits of teaching, and then when you’re ready for a more settled career without all the travelling, you can transgress into the translation services industry, with a knowledge of different cultures, helping you communicate with the people you’ll be assisting.