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TEFL ENGLISH TEACHING GAP YEAR COURSES

purple square If you are interested in travelling to a non English speaking country to teach people to speak English, one of the most common acronyms you will come across is TEFL. TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. While not the most widely spoken language, English is certainly the world language for business, and as such, many nations choose English as a second language. Consequently there are plenty of opportunities for native English speakers to teach the language around the world, making it a great skill to be able to use as part of your gap year.

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English Teacher

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Gap Year Provider: In 2 Action, China
An amazing opportunity to travel to China and learn about their culture whilst working as an English Teacher.

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TEFL Paid Teaching Program

TEFL Paid Teaching Program

SPECIAL OFFER!

Gap Year Provider: TRU Experience Travel, China
Make a Difference - While Being Paid a Full Salary! Teach in China to eager students and enjoy a rewarding job where you will be valued...



Work Experience & Internships Overseas

Work Experience & Internships Overseas

Placements available Worldwide
Get an outstanding point of difference entry on your CV or gain valuable work experience with a placement or internship overseas! With over 30 fields available - Travellers Worldwide has the choice & expertise to find you the right experience.



Paid Work Abroad

Paid Work Abroad

Worldwide
Work abroad and enhance your future career by taking up a paid job in America, New Zealand, Australia, China, Spain, Prague or Italy. Fund your travels and enhance your CV in the worlds top locations.



Paid Teaching Experience in Thailand

Paid Teaching Experience in Thailand

Thailand
Enjoy the amazing cultural experience of living and teaching in Thailand whilst we support you every step of the way



Learn a Language Abroad

Learn a Language Abroad

Argentina, Bolivia, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Peru, Romania, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Togo, Vietnam
Why not learn new languages in a diverse community in the developing world? With help from our teachers you will improve your speaking, reading and writing skills through one-on-one tuition and group sessions. There will also be plenty of opportunity to practice your new skills with your host family




Au Pair Jobs Abroad

Au Pair Jobs Abroad

Worldwide
Smaller Earth are the UK's leading overseas Au Pair company. We match thousands of participants to families across the globe in countries such as America, Spain, Italy, China and New Zealand. With placements lasting from 3 months to a year, we have the perfect international job waiting for you.



Teaching Jobs Abroad

Teaching Jobs Abroad

South Africa, Tanzania, Nepal, Romania, Brazil, Chile, China, Thailand
The demand for English teachers around the world is astronomical, take China, where there are 350 million people learning the language at any given time. Combine teaching and TEFL courses or volunteer in sports or childcare projects to create a rewarding adventure and experience!



Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving

Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia - turtles, tigers, scuba diving

Malaysia
We manage several conservation and community projects in Malaysia. Join us in the Perhentian Islands on our coral and diving research project or our turtle project. We have 2 tiger and rainforest conservation projects one in Merapoh and the other at Royal Belum State Park. Contact us now.



Wildlife Rescue Centre in Java Indonesia - Orangutans, Gibbons and sun bears

Wildlife Rescue Centre in Java Indonesia - Orangutans, Gibbons and sun bears

Indonesia
Join as a volunteer at our wildlife rescue centre in Yogyakarta in the centre of Java. The centre has over 200 animals and is actively rehabilitating 80 of them. In February 2017 we released 20 animals including 8 pea fowl and snakes. You can also help with our school clubs & community programm




Paid Work

Paid Work

Australia, Canada, Thailand, China, Romania, New Zealand
Chose from instructing, hospitality and support roles in one of our Canadian ski resorts. Experience the Aussie Outback or the cosmopolitan city of Sydney or Auckland. We offer the chance to earn money teaching in China or Thailand.Travel, gain experience, get to know the locals and enhance your CV!



Volunteering Teaching Projects Worldwide (English, Music & many other subjects)

Volunteering Teaching Projects Worldwide (English, Music & many other subjects)

Worldwide Destinations
Make a fulfilling difference in one of our outstanding teaching projects Worldwide. Whether it's Teaching Refugee Children in Perth, Australia - Extremely poor children on a township in South Africa or Primary Children in India we are sure to find your ideal Teaching placement.



5-month Paid TEFL Internships in Asia

5-month Paid TEFL Internships in Asia

China, Thailand, Vietnam
Here at i-to-i TEFLm we’ve joined forces with reputable education organisations in China, Vietnam and Thailand to provide you with a fully-supported paid teaching experience, combined with a high quality tailored TEFL course.



Volunteer Teaching

Volunteer Teaching

SPECIAL OFFER!

Worldwide
A wonderfully rewarding way to gain voluntary teaching and renovation experience during your gap year! Spending time working on a project that aims to improve the education and living conditions of children around the world.




Orphanages, Child Care, Special Needs, Vulnerable children protection

Orphanages, Child Care, Special Needs, Vulnerable children protection

SPECIAL OFFER!

Cambodia, India, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
The Oggy Oggy Team Child Car programs support a range of children and their needs. These children could have been abandoned, have learning difficulties or suffered abuse. Working with local teams you can learn new child care and social care skills, use your life experience in real life situations.



Accredited Online & Classroom TEFL Courses

Accredited Online & Classroom TEFL Courses

Worldwide
With leading online and classroom courses available across the UK, rest assured that our accredited TEFL courses will give you all the skills, knowledge and TEFL certification you'll need to find well-paid TEFL jobs with 1,000s of language schools across the world - perfect for a Gap Year!



Paid TEFL Positions Abroad

Paid TEFL Positions Abroad


A TEFL course (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is the golden ticket for budding teachers with a desire to see the world. Smaller Earth offer TEFL courses and paid positions in Prague, Vietnam and China. Check out our individual programs or contact us to discuss the right course for you.



Teach English Abroad

Teach English Abroad

Worldwide
A Projects Abroad teaching placement is ideal for anyone who would like to make a positive contribution across the developing world. Your role will include working with local schools, NGOs or universities, where you will find yourself taking classes or teachers with lessons.




Paid Teaching Experience in China

Paid Teaching Experience in China

China
With this paid teaching experience in China (known as the i-to-i China Internship), you’ll enjoy the amazing cultural experience of living and teaching in China whilst we’ll support you every step of the way.



Live with a Chinese host family and teach their children English - Wanderlust Au Pair China

Live with a Chinese host family and teach their children English - Wanderlust Au Pair China

China
By offering 30-35 hours of live-in childcare and English teaching per week, you have an opportunity to explore Chinese culture through weekly Mandarin classes, culture immersion activities held by Wanderlust and your day-to-day colorful life with your host family.



Guarantee a TEFL Job with an i-to-i TEFL Course

Guarantee a TEFL Job with an i-to-i TEFL Course

Worldwide
If you want to get abroad, travel and teach English, why not take a TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) course with i-to-i TEFL. Our accredited TEFL courses will give you all the skills, knowledge and TEFL certification you'll need to find well-paid TEFL jobs with 1,000s of language schoo



Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs from £120

Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs from £120

Africa, Asia, South & Latin America
IVHQ provides safe, responsible, and extremely affordable volunteering placements in developing countries all over the world. Each year we place thousands of volunteers on our programs abroad, making us one of the world's most trusted volunteer organizations.




Paid Teaching Experience in Vietnam

Paid Teaching Experience in Vietnam

Vietnam
Enjoy the amazing cultural experience of living and teaching in Vietnam. From your TEFL training with i-to-i to your arrival and placement in Vietnam, you will have all the support you need to make the most of your time in this fabulous country!



Teach English around the world

Teach English around the world


If you want to volunteer to teach English then we could send you to Costa Rica, Bali, Peru or Kenya! We have access to lots of programmes where the work you do will make a real difference to the children you teach. Find out more here....



Teaching Jobs Abroad

Teaching Jobs Abroad

China, Thailand
The demand for English teachers around the world is astronomical, take China, where there are 350 million people learning the language at any given time. Combine gain valuable experience teaching and a qualification with our TEFL courses.



More gap year ideas

Looking for something else? We have plenty more gap year ideas to inspire you.



More TEFL English Teaching Gap Years


TEFL Paid Teaching Program

TEFL Paid Teaching Program

China
Make a Difference - While Being Paid a Full Salary! Teach in China to eager students and enjoy a rewarding job where you will be valued...





TEFL Teaching English

Thanks to an education system that has historically held us back on learning other languages, it is perhaps not surprising that many English people do not have a second language. Teaching English as a foreign langauge (known as TEFL) and being able to speak a second language well, is a very valuable skill and one that will stand you in good stead when it comes to job applications. Most of us probably list being able to speak a foreign language high on our wish list, but beyond downloading a free language app on our smart phones, or borrowing a language book from the library for a few weeks before we go on holiday, not many of us get around to doing anything about it. A good TEFL course can change that!

Teaching English

Our TEFL internships allow you to combine valuable teaching experience with an amazing adventure in a beautiful new country. Before you head off, you'll be fully TEFL trained and when you arrive, you'll get all the support you need from our in-country teams.

You may also see reference to TESL Teaching English as a Second Language, ESL English as a Second Language, EFL English as a Foreign Language, ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages, ELT English Language Teaching TESOL Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages... with no internationally agreed standard, the list is almost endless and reads like a Monty Python sketch. The only major differences are that TEFL is designed for people who want to go into a country where people do not speak English, TESOL can also be for people who want to teach non English speakers who are living in English speaking countries. And TESL would be somewhere between the two - you teach people to speak English in countries where a good chunk of the population already speak English as a first language.

What qualifications will you need?

While a degree in English, or a teaching qualification may well be sufficient for some positions, and a positive requirement for many schools in Western Europe, a recognised TEFL qualification, which will enable you to teach English in a school, workplace, or the home, to students whose first language is not English. This will also vary country to country as some places will have much higher demand for teachers and will not be so concerned about recognised qualifications. It is worth knowing that while qualifications can be an important consideration for companies or public bodies looking to employ you, they will also be interested in how you interact with the students. A native English speaker with great interpersonal skills but not qualifications may do a better job of teaching a class than someone with many certificates but little experience of the role.

You may decide to gain an internationally recognised TEFL qualification to assist your gap year job search. This is a popular move and other than the ability to speak English, you do not usually require any previous qualifications or experience in order to take a TEFL course.

Finding the right TEFL course for you

As we have already seen, there are a lot of different ways to describe the practice of teaching English to people who do not have it as their first language, but there are as many if not more different accreditations and affiliations for the TEFL courses that companies provide. The TEFL course providers try to align themselves with companies and bodies who provide this accreditation, to give their courses more credibility. Anyone can set up and offer a TEFL course, but who is to say they are any good. That is where the accreditation comes in. Unfortunately, anyone can also set up a TEFL accreditation company. Some accreditations are better than others so it is worth doing your research before handing over your money. The genuine companies will be able to demonstrate previous success and provide you with detailed advice about their courses and whether they would suit you. There are plenty of great companies out there, offering great courses that will further your career and experiences, just keep an eye out for the rogues. And if you already have an idea of where you will be teaching English, it may be worth asking your potential or future employers which TEFL courses they recognise.

Once you have decided to take a TEFL course you will need to decide how to study for it. One benefit of the internet has been the development of distance learning. It is quite possible to take a full TEFL course online, allowing you to qualify at your own pace and in your own time. Alternatively you may wish to join others, and get more experience of a classroom environment by taking a location based TEFL course. Many companies also recognise that people work Monday to Friday and may not have time to fit in a course during the week, so they have designed courses that fit into a weekend. Twenty hours of teaching and training and you are qualified. Perfect.

What is it like doing a TEFL course?

OK, so what is involved, what do you have to do? During your course, you will likely cover all or some of the following: writing skills, literature, task based learning, linguistic structures such as words, phrases, verbs and tenses and understanding sentence complexity. Basically, you will be taught how to approach the teaching of English to your future students, to be their teacher, organiser and motivator. You will be shown how to make your teaching methods meaningful and memorable. TEFL courses are not difficult, but they do make you think about how to teach and give you very valuable ideas for when you find yourself in a room full of people who do not speak your language.

I am qualified, where can I teach?

The world is your lobster. Any country you can think of that does not have English as its main language will have opportunities for English teachers. If you are looking for somewhere with high demand, try China or Japan. We list a couple of English teaching gap year opportunities below.