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As over 1.5 billion people in the world continue their insatiable rush to learn English, the lingua franca of international business, technical jobs, diplomacy, and higher education, most job opportunities abroad continue to be for those who teach English. Your primary credential is simply being a native speaker of the English language, but a bachelor's degree is often required. Some formal training, such as a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate, is almost always a plus or a prerequisite, especially if you have no previous experience as a teacher.
Your ability to teach English as a second language (TESL) may be all you need to obtain a job and a work permit in various countries across Asia and Latin America, and many other ESL jobs exist in desirable regions worldwide.

 Best English Teaching Certification Programs and ESL Jobs by Region and Country

Teach English by Region Teach English by Country
Worldwide Argentina Italy
Africa Brazil Japan
Asia Canada Korea
Australasia  Chile Mexico
Europe (Central and Eastern) China Russia
Europe (Western) Costa Rica Spain
Latin America Czech Republic Taiwan
Middle East Ecuador Thailand
  Guatemala United Kingdom
  France United States

Featured Certification Programs and ESL Job Placements

TEFL Training with ITTT ITTT: International TEFL Certification
With in-class courses available at over 30 locations worldwide and a wide range of online courses, ITTT prepares you to teach, travel and live abroad.
Teach English with InterExchange Working Abroad Teach English Abroad with InterExchange — Perfect for New and Experienced Teachers 
InterExchange Working Abroad offers a wide variety of Teach English abroad programs in every corner of the world, from teaching in formal classroom settings to private family tutoring as a Conversation Coach. Some programs allow you to earn a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Our current teaching programs include France, Italy, Spain, and Thailand.
Teach English in Prague Teach and Travel Worldwide with TEFL Worldwide Prague
TEFL Worldwide Prague is a highly reputable American owned school offering the 4-week Internationally Recognized and Accredited TEFL certificate course in the enchanting city of Prague. Become certified and gain the skills to teach English in any classroom abroad. Job placement assistance worldwide. Highly Recommended by their Graduates!
TEFL Certificate program Via Lingua International TEFL Certificate Programs
Via Lingua is a worldwide educational organization with schools in numerous locations. Our goal is to equip students with English language teaching skills in a professional, supportive environment. We provide students with teaching opportunities throughout their TEFL career thanks to comprehensive training.
Teach English in Argentina Teach English in Argentina with Road2Argentina
Road2Argentina offers an intensive 4-week CELTA Certification Course which leads to an internationally recognized English teaching credential for those interested in paid teaching jobs in Argentina and around the world. Most graduates of this program secure employment within a month of finishing the course are in high demand in Buenos Aires.

Teaching English Abroad Experts

Articles by experienced experts providing inside tips and resources for those who wish to teach abroad.
Guide to teaching English abroad Guide to Teaching English as a Second Language Abroad by Ted Campbell
10 practical tips in an essential guide, including key resources provided by an experienced expat who has taught extensively in Mexico and South Korea.
Teaching English abroad in a classroom Teaching English Abroad: What to Expect, How to Prepare by Randall Davis
A comprehensive introduction with expert tips and resources for anyone thinking about how to begin a career as an English teacher.
Teaching English in Costa Rica How a TEFL Certificate Abroad Leads to a Teaching Job by Linda Dunsmore
An experienced teacher provides practical recommendations and tips for gaining a TEFL Certificate overseas as a path to English teaching jobs worldwide. With the demand for teachers still very strong, there are so many great options.
Teaching english resume How to Create a Great Resume to Teach English Abroad: A Guide to Landing Your First Job by John Clites
Our TEFL Abroad columnist explores, in detail, how to land your (first) ESL job, and why preparing the right resume is important for success.
Teaching English as stepping stone Teaching English Abroad: A Stepping Stone to International Careers by Jean-Marc Hachey
There are many motivations to teach abroad, and the quantity of ESL jobs available around the world may also provide a path to other international careers.
Teaching English online Teach English Online: Your Ticket to Travel the World by John Clites
A very experienced expat and successful teacher of English, our ESL columnist, has developed an online course allowing you to earn income while living abroad or at home. Multi-media guides help you through the steps necessary to build a client base that will pay you to teach conversational English from any location you choose using online tools.
Teaching jobs abroad are recession-proof Teaching English Abroad Jobs Are Recession-Proof by Michael G. Hines
Teaching is one of the most secure jobs available overseas regardless of the state of the world economy.
John Teaching Why TEFL Can Work for You by John Clites
Should you teach abroad? John suggests questions you may have about what you need to know about finding ESL jobs abroad and answers them based upon his own experience.
Teaching requirements What are the Requirements to Teach English Abroad? by John Clites
What are the key requirements, definitions and many acronyms? Our experienced TEFL Abroad columnist provides a rundown.
Students learning a new language How to Choose a Job Teaching English Abroad by John Clites
The primary teaching job types overseas and the advantages of each.
Teaching English Web resume Creating an Effective Web Resume for Top Jobs Teaching English Abroad 
Knowing how to create an international online resume is key to helping you land the job you desire.
TEFL Job Interviews How to Handle TEFL Job Interviews: The 10 Most Important Questions to Ask
Practical tips on how to ace the interview process when seeking TEFL jobs abroad.
Tips for teachers in the classroom Top 10 Tips for EFL Teachers in the Classroom
Helpful classroom advice for those who choose to teach abroad.

Featured Teaching English Stories

See below featured stories written by those who have traveled and lived long-term in some of the most popular countries to teach English.
Teachers share their experiences and provide tips with resources to help you live and teach abroad successfully.

Teach English in Asia and Southeast Asia
Temple in China Teach English in Asia: Finding a Job by Susan Griffith
An expert on work abroad and author of a classic book on teaching English abroad provides an overview of the many job options in Asia, along with rich resources.
Teach English in China with Worldteach The Best Countries to Teach English in Asia by Michael Hines
Many nations in Asia share a desire to learn English and most are experiencing a strong demand for teachers. From South Korea to Vietnam, most Asian countries are in racing to get their population to learn the lingua franca of globalization.
Teaching English China by location Teaching English in China: Work and Live in a Great Location
Nick and Dariece provide a guide to help you research and find a great city or town in the vast country of China to teach English and live.
Teaching English children in China A Practical Guide to Finding an English Teaching Job in China
The steps involved in finding the major types of jobs, including a discussion of what is needed to get a work visa.
Teach in China How to Choose Your First Job Teaching English in China
An expert view and practical advice for those who seek to teach English in China for the first time.
Guide to Teaching English in Taiwan Teach English in Taiwan: What Your Need to Know
What you need to know to move to Taiwan and the requirements for finding a suitable job as an English teacher. There are many options for places to work and the pay is relatively good.
Teaching English in Taiwan Teach English in Taiwan: A Lucrative Endeavor in a Culturally Rich Environment
If you are going to teach, Taiwan offers more than most countries in terms of pay as well as a very rich culture in which to live and work.
Teaching English in Chiang Mai Live and Teach English in Smiling Chiang Mai
Voted one of the friendliest cities in the world, Chiang Mai is an ideal place to dip your toes into the world of teaching. The relaxed environment and low-key attitude make for a gentle introduction to TEFL for those just getting their feet wet.
Teaching English in Bangkok, Thailand Teaching English in Bangkok: The Guide to Finding Work Fast in a Laid Back Culture
An inside guide to finding jobs fast when arriving in Bangkok, Thailand, along with tips and key resources.
Statue of Buddha in Bangkok The Guide to Teaching English and Living in Bangkok
Bangkok has a high demand for English teachers in many different types of schools, from corporate training centers to small private schools to public schools with 50 students per class. There are opportunities for beginning teachers as well as those with more experience.
Bridge in Japan Teaching English and Living in Japan
A practical guide by a teacher experienced in countries across Asia. The author provides you with detailed inside tips and resources you need to find a job.
How to Teach English in Japan Teach English in Japan: You Can Do It!
Teaching and living in Japan for over a year was eye-opening for the author, who provides useful resources and inspiration.
Teaching and living in South Korea The Guide to Teaching English and Living in South Korea
A snapshot of the world of working and living in South Korea, where the still economically booming and transitioning country is swept up in a fever to learn the language. Resources and tips from an experienced teacher.
Vietnam language school Teach English and Living in Vietnam: An Emerging Giant
The guide to teaching and living in Vietnam—where the jobs are almost endless due to demand—described by an experienced author.

Teach English in Latin America
Colombia street Teach English in Latin America: Finding a Job
An expert on work abroad and author of a classic book on teaching English abroad, Susan Griffith provides a resource-rich overview of the many options in Latin America.
Teaching English in South America

What You Need to Know to Teach English in South America
Many of the countries in South America have long been attractive for English teachers eager for experiences such as Samba music, mountain trekking, and summer nightlife pleasures while earning a living teaching English to locals. But unlike countries with a more rigorous application, interview, and hiring process, many countries in South America have a less rigid employment process.

Brazilian seaside Teaching English and Living in Brazil
There is a very high demand for English teachers in Brazil.
Afternoon in Oaxaca Teaching English and Living in Mexico
...I was still looking for a job. I had long thought about trying to live overseas and I knew that teaching was a great vehicle for doing so, so I enrolled in a 1-month crash course in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to figure out how to do it.
Costa Rica waterfall Teach English in Costa Rica: Where, When, How
A story and many valuable resources useful for finding jobs teaching in Costa Rica.
Girl in Ecuador Teach English in Ecuador: Adventure Awaits at Latitude Zero
An adventure as a teacher in Ecuador with practical advice and resources.
Teach English in Buenos Aires Teach English in Argentina
A guide to the various opportunties to teach in Argentina. Work can be found in Buenos Aires, Bariloche and other cities where the demand for English teachers is greatest.
Santiago, Chile How to Find Jobs Teaching English in Santiago, Chile
Practical insider tips to get a teaching job in a city for those qualified to teach, usually requiring a B.A. and a TEFL certificate, which call also be acquired on site.

Teach English in Western Europe
Teaching in Granada, Spain Teach English in Europe: Finding a Job
Expert and author Susan Griffith provides a resource-intensive overview of the job possibilities for teaching in Europe.
Teaching in Granada, Spain Teach English in Spain: Open Up Opportunities
An experience on the Teach in Spain program with CIEE transformed the life of Sagan Pope, led her to 5 years in the country and to success thereafter.
Teaching English abroad in France Inside the Paid Teaching Assistant Program in France by Sarena Tien
A rare opportunity for Americans to find work abroad teaching English in France. Use your stipend to travel, explore the culture and learn French.
Teaching in Spain  as an assistant Teaching in Spain with the Language and Culture Assistants Program
A detailed guide to a rare opportunity to find paid work teaching English in Spain. Use your stipend to travel, explore the culture, and learn Spanish.
Assistant teachers in Spain Teach English Abroad in Spain
The advantages of working as an English language assistant in a program sponsored by the government.
Teaching Assistant in France - Avignon How to Find Work Teaching English in Italy
Practical tips and resources for finding and landing jobs teaching English in Italy. With EU regulations quite strict for long-term work, you must do your research.

Teach English in Central and Eastern Europe
Prague, Czech Republic Teach English in Central and Eastern Europe: Finding a Job
Expert and author Susan Griffith provides a resource-intensive overview of the job possibilities in Central and Eastern Europe.
Bridge in Prague Teach English in the Czech Republic
What is involved in teaching in the new Czech Republic, part of the EU, as described by a long-time teacher.
Moscow, Russia Teach English in Russia: Demand for Teachers Exceeds Supply
The many options for jobs teaching English in Russia.

Teach English in the Middle East, Eastern Mediterranean and Africa
Morocco blue street The Eastern Mediterranean: English Teachers in Demand
Expert and author Susan Griffith provides a resource-intensive overview of the job possibilities in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Men in desert of Saudi Arabia Teach English Abroad in the Middle East
A practical overview and description of the requirements for teaching English in the Middle East, breaking work visa requirements down and showing you where to find job postings.
Istanbul, Turkey Teach English in Istanbul: A Cultural Crossroads
The great demand for teachers in the lively "Queen of all Cities" in Turkey.
Art park in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Working, Living, and Teaching English in Saudi Arabia as a Woman
Salaries are notoriously high in Saudi Arabia. Teaching as a woman presents unique challenges but adapting and thriving is quite possible.
Riding camels in Morocco Teaching English and Living in Morocco
Author of a fine book on Morocco, Lucas M. Peters describes what you need to know to teach English in a beautiful land, with very hospitable people, where jobs are ever increasing.

The International TEFL Corporation
Teach English with WorkingAbroad
Teach English with TEFL Worldwide Prague
Learn to Teach English with Via Lingua
Teach Abroad with TIEOnline
The TEFL Institute of Ireland
Teach in China with EF English First
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