I am a citizen in a country where English is not the first language. Will this affect finding a teaching position overseas?
- While many graduates born in a country where English is not the first language have successfully completed our course and have found placement abroad, most find their first ESL teaching position in their country of origin. With the benefit of this initial experience, many are able to find subsequent employment in other countries.
- It is important to keep in mind that in order to qualify for the working visa in many countries, you must:
- Hold citizenship in an English speaking country
- Be a native English speaker
- Have been born in an English speaking country, or
- Have had at least 12 years of formal education in a country where English is the primary language
- With this said, there is still hope for finding gainful employment overseas. Certainly the more positions that one applies for, the better the chances are of finding a suitable position. Applying for positions in person is advantageous as potential employers will be able to assess your level of proficiency and you will be in a better position to fully promote yourself and your skills.