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  • Why TEFL Accreditation is a Great Idea September 30, 2012
    TEFL accreditation can be a great idea for just about any language learning institution and any language teacher. Getting accreditation from or through TEFL or teaching English as a Foreign Language provides a certain amount of weight and authority to just about any resume. If you sit and mull it over, would you be more […]
  • How to Teach a Language Class with Movies September 30, 2012
    This video shows you how to teach a language class with movies quickly and easily while your language students have fun learn a new language. You will learn exactly how David A. Baily used these same steps to teach English. How To Teach A Language Class With Movies […]
  • Learning and Communicative Strategies August 23, 2012
    Communicative strategies are systematic techniques employed by a speaker to express his meaning when faced with some difficulty and the difficulty here refers to the speaker’s inadequate command of the language used in the interaction (Faerch & Kasper, 1983:16). On the other hand, the term learning strategies has been defined as “the higher-order skills […]
  • Review: Teaching Unplugged by Luke Meddings and Scott Thornbury August 13, 2012
    by Hall Houston About 8 years ago, I read an article titled “Teaching Unplugged” by Scott Thornbury in It’s for Teachers magazine. The article described a new approach to teaching languages that de-emphasized coursebooks and other teaching materials, and stressed real communication between students. This approach was loosely based on a Danish film movement [ […]
  • Living and Working in Japan: A guide for US Citizens May 23, 2012
    Japan is a stable, highly developed parliamentary democracy with a modern economy. Tourist facilities are widely available, except in coastal areas of Northeast Japan still recovering from the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. Below is a comprehensive list of all the information you should read before visiting or relocating to the [... […]
  • Experience a New Culture When you Teach English in China May 21, 2012
    The human desire to help others is an innate one. This is why, despite the negative aspects, people are still very attracted to the profession of teaching, notes Thomas Galvin. It has been regarded for centuries as a very noble job, and no doubt this will continue for centuries to come. Many teachers these days […]
  • The Importance of Vocabulary Roots in AP English April 16, 2012
    The Advanced placement exams are very important for students, suggests Joseph Paul, as they look very good on the students’ report cards and also help them to get credit in certain universities which helps them to save a major portion of the tuition money demanded from students who have not cleared the exam. The advanced […]
  • Business Translation: A Useful TEFL Sideline? April 8, 2012
    The use of translation in business is heavily underestimated and misunderstood. However translation has a big part to play in business and is rapidly becoming one of the most useful things an organisation can use to get ahead in the business world. Whether it be using in-house translators to transcribe documents, official papers and […]
  • How to Judge the Quality of Language Learning Software March 21, 2012
    We all know that learning a language is a great way to enhance the look of your resume! Fortunately, there are lots of different options available to you to help you make that a reality. Out of the vast number of options available to you, the option that provides you with the most flexibility […]
  • The worst ELT interview questions… and how to answer them March 12, 2012
    Some friends of Naturegirl123 were talking about interview questions that they got. Here are some difficult ones to answer and suggested answers. What religion are you?/ Are you X religion? This could be a legit question if you’re applying to a religious school. If you have the same religion as the school, simply say so. […]

Can TEFL make you more employable?

So you’re thinking about making the big move and traveling half way around the world to become a TEFL teacher, but you are starting to have doubts about whether all the hassle is really worth it? You don’t really want to make a career out of teaching kids, so how will it help you? This, suggests Emma Foers, is the natural thing to think before you embark but the reality is, after doing a TEFL course you will become an employee every company wants. Read on to find out how….

1 – Leadership skills

A TEFL course gives you all the skills you need to be able to lead the bunch, but it’s only once you’re out there that you really learn how to become a successful leader by putting everything you have learnt into practise. In your first TEFL lesson it’s important to take full control and from then on you are their leader. Once you can keep a classroom full of 40-50 rowdy Chinese kids under control, everything else will be a walk in the park, particularly managing employees!

2 – Shows you’re up for a challenge and can adapt to anything!

Whilst Teaching English abroad you will be challenged from the very beginning, to the very end when you have to say a sad goodbye to your students (it’s all good challenges though!). You’ll learn how to survive in a foreign country, a completely new culture, how to find your way around a new city, how to communicate in a country where you don’t speak the language and last but not least you will learn how to adapt to circumstances which are out of your comfort zone, which is a skill employers are looking for!

3 – Proven presentation and communication skills

Whilst you’re out Teaching English abroad you will learn how to bridge cultural and language barriers, which will make you convey and present your ideas in the clearest way possible. It is one of the best ways you can perfect your presentation and communication skills, which will definitely come in very handy in any job. After a period of teaching overseas you will be confident to give those presentations that you once couldn’t sleep the night before for worrying about!

4 – Develop your interpersonal skills

Having interpersonal skills is something that all employers want to see you have and after being a TEFL teacher you can prove to employers that you have them. Which is really going to work in your favour. This is usually a hard skill to prove, not after your TEFL experience though. You can show you are patient and approachable, you can develop a strong rapport (use the stories of how sad your students were when you left), sensitive to different cultures and needs and that you can bring a positive attitude into the workplace.

5 – Boost your confidence

You may have a first-class degree and loads of work experience, but if you don’t have the confidence to go with it, it doesn’t stand for much. After being a TEFL teacher you will have had a real confidence boost after proving to yourself on your TEFL adventure you can do anything you put your mind to, you’ll certainly have the confidence to stand out from that crowd!

Want to find out how you can make yourself more employable though TEFL? Download your free copy of TEFL Uncovered: How to Teach Your Way Abroad with TEFL to get the lowdown on how to start your TEFL adventure.

So what do you think? Has TEFL helped you to become more employable?

About the Author

Emma Foers strongly believes that teaching English abroad is the perfect opportunity for any English speaker to explore the world. As long as you’re a fluent English speaker, a TEFL course is your ticket to the journey of your life.

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