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Dec 11, 2006
Thinking of Teaching English Abroad?
- Carmela Bignotia Email this article

The fact that English is the universal language seems more important now than at any other time in history because of the advent of globalization. Countries like China, Japan, Taiwan, Spain, and South Korea want their citizens to be globally competitive by gaining fluency in oral and written English. This is the reason why English language instructors are now in great demand.

Being an English language instructor is one job opportunity abroad that has many vacancies, hires fast, and does not require too many qualifications. This position is open for fresh graduates where the ultimate requirement is excellent written and oral English language communication. In Asian countries like Japan and South Korea, this occupation does not require a teaching degree or license. Nevertheless, teaching experience is definitely an advantage. However, in many European countries, teaching qualifications like CTEFLA or Trinity Certificate is a must.

Many fresh graduates consider the option of teaching English in other countries before enrolling in higher studies or pursuing other careers. Like all endeavor, teaching English in a foreign country has its share of advantages and disadvantages. For one it is a great opportunity to get to know the culture of another country. This job pays a decent salary with bonuses and help in accommodation. The salary varies and can be considered a small amount in countries like South Korea. But take note that the cost of living in South Korea are less expensive than of those in Europe and USA. Tax is also cheaper so saving is easier.

On the other hand, homesickness, feelings of alienation, and culture shock are just a few of the many challenges that comes with working in a foreign land. Moreover, one should not forget that teaching is a serious commitment to impart knowledge. It requires patience and passion of being an educator.

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