Teaching English overseas
Opportunities in teaching English to speakers of other languages
Blythe Camenson.
New York : McGraw Hill, c2007.
Each book offers: The latest information on a field of interest Training and educational requirements for each career Salary statistics for different positions within each field Up-to-date professional and Internet resources
The ESL : ELL teacher's book of lists
Jacqueline E. Kress.
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2008.
Kress' (education, Georgian Court U., Lakewood, New Jersey) resource text offers 130 practical lists that can be reproduced for classroom use or referred to in the development of instructional materials and lessons for English language learners (ELLs). The text was written for general education teachers, ESL teachers, special educators, English language arts instructors, reading and language tutors, and adult education instructors to help them reinforce and enhance the learning of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and writing skills by ESL students of all abilities. The lists are grouped into ten sections: getting started, core English, pronunciation, vocabulary builders, grammar, content area words, culture, teaching, assessment, and helpful resources and references. The second edition of the text contains updated and expanded versions of the original lists, plus forty completely new ones. Each list begins with a brief introduction providing background and teaching suggestions. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Teaching the English language in countries where English is not the common language can be a way for you to really get to know about different countries and cultures.

Overseas business leaders increasingly encourage their employees to learn at least a basic level of English for better business communications. Other prospective students want to learn English for traveling to or living in English-speaking countries or attending English-speaking schools.

Here are some benefits when you teach overseas.

Travel opportunities
Excellent salary
Paid housing
Paid transportation
Health insurance
Small classes

The requirements needed to be able to teach in different countries can vary. Qualifications can range from a two-week certificate course to a masters degree. The most that is usually required is a bachelorís degree.

A good way to get started is to find an agency in the United States that hires teachers to teach overseas. They can let you know about the many opportunities in the country of your choice and you can learn about some of the requirements you might need. Some agencies set it all up for you: transportation and flights, housing and salary.

Before you decide where you would like to teach you might want to explore that county.

  • Contact the US embassy and know where it is located
  • Learn what you need for a visa or work permit
  • Use the countryís cost of living to negotiate your salary
  • Find out what are the typical accommodations for teachers

You can expect to have many new, exciting experiences when you teach overseas.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff