DIFFERENT Continents vs DIFFERENT ESL TEACHING Experiences – What is FACT and what is FICTION?

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For those of you who are travelling the world and teaching your way around at the same time, I am sure you will be able to contribute a lot to this discussion.

I am going to propose some ‘cliché’s of teaching experiences in different places and I want you to let me know if this is correct or not – fact or fiction?

Country ESL teaching experience
ASIA  
Japan – highly paid

– are often assisted by a local teacher too

– teach just conversation

– don’t need a teaching qualification

– need a degree

– often working for non-English speaking employers

– teaching as low as pre-school level

Korea – not as highly paid as Japan

– are often assisted by a local teacher too

– teach just conversation

– don’t need a teaching qualification

– need a degree

– often teaching children’s classes in primary school

China – not as highly paid as Japan but getting higher salaries by the year

– are often assisted by a local teacher too

– teach just conversation at Universities

– don’t need a teaching qualification

– need a degree

– schools often owned by big organisations

– visas done quickly

SOUTH EAST ASIA  
Vietnam – not very highly paid

– are often used as teacher trainers for local teachers too

– a lot of students want only IELTS

– need a teaching qualification

– need a degree

– often teaching children’s classes in primary school as well as young adult language centres

– often teach in the weekends too

Thailand – not paid well

– are often teaching teachers also

– teach just conversation

– don’t need a teaching qualification

– don’t need a degree

– often teaching children’s classes in primary school

– owners don’t speak English

Malaysia – can be highly paid depending on where you go

– are often teaching in a school together with local teachers and as a result you are often considered the white face in the school

– teach all ESL subjects

– need an ESL teaching qualification

– need a degree

– usually teaching either at a university or language school rather than a primary school

– owners speak English too

AFRICA  
Generally – not well paid

– are often assisted by a local teacher too

– teach all ESL

– don’t need a teaching qualification

– need a degree

– often teaching students at secondary level

– schools owned privately

– often a labour of love as you are in countries that have security problems

– often religious based schools

SOUTH AMERICA  
Generally – pay equivalent to average cost of living

– are often teaching together with local teachers

– teach just conversation

– don’t need a teaching qualification

– need a degree

NORTH AMERICA/

UK/AUSTRALIA/NZ

 
Generally – poorly paid on the scale of salaries for the western world

– often are teaching refugees or new immigrants as well as international students

– teach all ESL topics

– need an ESL teaching qualification

– don’t need a degree

EUROPE  
Generally – poorly paid on the scale of salaries for the western world

– teachers usually supplement their job with a private students

– often are teaching refugees or new immigrants as well as international students

– teach all ESL topics

– need an ESL teaching qualification

– don’t need a degree

– often teach one to one business English as time is limited

– often teach skype lessons as time is limited

MIDDLE EAST  
Saudi Arabia – well paid with benefits on the scale of salaries for the western world

– teachers usually supplement their job with a private students as well

– often are teaching high school students and university entrance students

– teach all ESL topics

– need an ESL teaching qualification

– need a degree

– often teach one to one business English

– schools owned by non-English speaking nationals

Yemen – some well paid jobs with benefits on the scale of salaries for the western world, but generally it is a labour of love as the country right now has still got security problems

– teachers usually supplement their job with a private students as well

– often are teaching high school students and university entrance students

– teach all ESL topics

– need an ESL teaching qualification

– don’t need a degree

– often teach one to one business English

– schools owned by non-English speaking nationals

Oman – well paid with benefits on the scale of salaries for the western world

– often are teaching high school students and university entrance students

– teach all ESL topics

– need an ESL teaching qualification

– need a degree

– often teach one to one business English also

– schools owned by English speaking nationals

Kuwait/Bahrain/UAE – well paid with benefits on the scale of salaries for the western world

– often are teaching high school students and university entrance students

– teach all ESL topics

– need an ESL teaching qualification

– need a degree

– often teach one to one business English also

– often teach in international schools

– schools owned by English speaking nationals

Iran ?
India ?
Central Asia – well paid if you are prepared to take one on one classes

– often are teaching high school students and university entrance students

– teach all ESL topics

– need an ESL teaching qualification

– need a degree

– often teach one to one business English also

– everyone is looking to pass IELTS and study internationally

– schools owned by English speaking nationals

 

So as you can see there are a lot of different types of jobs out there. Let me know which you think are fact and which are fiction?

 

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8 thoughts on “DIFFERENT Continents vs DIFFERENT ESL TEACHING Experiences – What is FACT and what is FICTION?

  1. Nice list. I am trying to get into Singapore for TEFL, but no luck so far. Money is good there, but you need 1-2 years experience, and seeing as I am a new teacher, they don’t even respond to my emails. 😦

    • Just wondered who would be your market there? Most Singaporeans speak English, and I know they don’t take in international students like Malaysia. Also one recommendation, if you go to Singapore and be there and email them that you are in the country and would like an interview, you may have more chance…just thinking. For us here in Malaysia, we only take teachers who we have a face to face interview with. Unless of course you want to get into international schools, that may be a different story. Do you have a degree?

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