TEFL Teacher

Average Salary: £18,000 - £23,000
Competition: LOW-MID
Years Experience: 0 years

“Maintain a strong drive to deliver good classes but remain relaxed.”

Matt, TEFL Teacher

Job Summary

Without the abbreviations being a TEFL Teacher really does what it says on the tin. TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. They aim to teach adults and children whose first or main language is not English. This can be taught in the UK or abroad. Have you ever dreamt of living in a different country? Pack your suitcase, this could be a good opportunity to do just that!


As a TEFL Teacher you may be expected to do the following:

  • Managing a classroom of different age groups
  • Planning and preparing lessons and examinations
  • Delivering intriguing and engaging lessons
  • Use a variety of techniques to develop students’ understanding of English grammar, structure and pronunciation
  • Adapting classes to students’ requirements
  • Studying students’ language development, providing regular reports on their progress
  • Marking work whilst providing appropriate feedback and encouragement

Key Skills & Characteristics

A TEFL Teacher should:

  • Have a strong grasp of grammatical English
  • Have a friendly but confident manner
  • Be able to plan and organise effectively
  • Have excellent verbal, written and listening skills
  • Be patient in dealing with students of different learning abilities
  • Be energetic to engage students to learn effectively

Entry Routes

You would have thought that you would have to study a modern language to become a TEFL Teacher. But lucky for you, you’re wrong! Teaching English to students of other languages is open for all graduates to pursue. But obviously, doing a degree in English, Education Studies or Modern Languages would definitely be useful.

Though it's highly recommended to obtain a Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) awarded by Cambridge ESOL or a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL) awarded by Trinity College London. Most employers will expect you to hold one of them

Matt studied a degree in History, but did his CELTA qualification and now teaches students in sunny Spain! How lovely.

Job Progression

TEFL Teacher

Senior TEFL Teacher

Advice From Our Experts

Top Tip

“Maintain a strong drive to deliver good classes but remain relaxed. I am teaching much better than before simply because I am calmer and thus create a more natural environment.”

- Matt, TEFL Teacher, on delivery of a lesson.

The Good

  • Opportunity - Access to employment opportunities globally
  • New People - Conversing with people of different backgrounds
  • Rewarding - Being a part of developing someone’s skills is very rewarding

The Bad

  • Difficult Students - Dealing with difficult students who are uninterested
  • Not being the Student - Not being the person learning the new language
  • Developing Relationships - Student relations can be challenging because of the language barrier