TEFL jobs Asia: FAQs

TEFL certificates are now required to teach English in most overseas countries, including many Asian countries. Below are some frequently asked questions about TEFL jobs in Asia...

What does TEFL stand for?

TEFL refers to Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It involves teaching English to students whose first language is not English.

Who is it for?

A TEFL certificate can be obtained by anyone over the age of 18 who has completed secondary education. Most TEFL teachers have English as their first language. If it is not your first language, but you have excellent command of it, then you could be eligible after a short test.

Are there many job opportunities in Asia?

Despite the global recession there are still a number of job opportunities for teaching English in Asia. There is always a demand for good TEFL teachers.

What are the most popular Asian countries for TEFL teachers?

Many people who have completed a TEFL course go to China, Japan and South Korea to teach. Indonesia and Vietnam are becoming increasingly popular.

What are wages and salaries like?

This largely depends on your level of experience and where you teach. Wage rates for teaching tend to be equal to, or higher than, the average for the region.

Can I make a career out of TEFL?

There are a number of long term and permanent teaching positions allowing you to make a career of TEFL. This may require that you get some additional qualifications such as a diploma or degree.


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