During our course, we’ll mention how important teaching English overseas is to you and your students – and the opportunities there are – but don’t just take our word for it. Let’s first have a look at what the experts say. Their outstanding TEFL Date comments will give you food for thought.ICEF Monitor: ICEF Monitor is the leading market intelligence resource for the international education industry:English remains, by far, the world’s most studied language and there are now an estimated 1.5 billion English-language learnersBritish Council: The British Council are the world’s English teaching experts. See: https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk. They tell us:
- English is spoken at a useful level by one in every four people. By 2020, we forecast that two billion people will be using it – or learning to use it.
- English is becoming a core criterion in determining employability.
- English changes lives. The impact of globalisation and economic development has madeEnglish the language of opportunity and a vital means of improving an individual’s prospectsfor well-paid employment.
- Our own forecast is for double digit growth in the demand for English in a swathe of largecountries such as Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Mexico and Nigeria.(Note from us: Although there has been lots of discussion about the population size of China (approx. 1.4. billion) and thus the great amount of teaching English opportunities, the 5 countries above have a total population of just over 1 billion. So, there are lots of teaching opportunities for you in many countries!)Harvard Politics:You can see from the above data that there are many opportunities for teaching English overseas.What are the benefits of teaching English overseas?We carried out our own research on this topic by asking, at random, around one thousand of our TEFL graduates. Here is a summary of their thoughts:
- Making an impact on my learners’ lives and helping them reap lifetime benefits from learning English.
- Travelling and living in a part of the world I had never seen before while earning a liveable salary.
- Being immersed in a much different culture, which has had a positive influence on my way of thinking.
- Making lasting friendships and having wonderful memories forever more.
UNICEF’s Global Chief of Communication, and formerly with Oxfam – Paloma Escudero: Really I wouldn’t have had a proper professional career without the English I learnt, and I think that really I owe that to my parents who had the vision to force me to study English on top of my normal schooling from a very early age.The returns to speaking English in India is considerable: hourly wages are on average 34 percent higher for men who speak fluent English and 13 percent higher for men who speak some English relative to men who do not speak any English, after controlling for demography, ability, geography and schooling.