The career benefits of teaching english abroad

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There are a number of potential career advantages to teaching English to speakers of other languages TESOL as it is also known. 

Cross-Cultural Experience

As we become an increasingly diverse and global society, the ability to work with people from many different cultures and backgrounds becomes a more crucial skill. Teaching English as a second language involves not just working with groups of people different from oneself but often facilitating communication between different cultural groups if the ESL class is a mixed one.

International Experience

Teaching English to speakers of other languages TESOL can be done domestically or abroad, but for those who do teach internationally, this is another valuable experience. For anyone hoping to move into international work, some time working and living abroad will be crucial in obtaining further work. But even for those who eventually hope to work domestically, international experience teaches invaluable problem-solving skills. English teachers living abroad may also have the opportunity to become fluent in one or more languages, and this can be also be a big career boost particularly if the language is one that is in demand.

Grasp of the English Language

Most native English speakers speak and write the language instinctively rather than relying on a set of grammar rules as a language learner would. However, this does mean that even native speakers sometimes make mistakes in their own language. Teaching English as a second language, however, will give one a new grasp on the structure of one's own language and the reasons behind those structures as well as enabling one to explain that structure to others. Improved writing and communication skills are an asset to any career, and a later career in teaching or editing will in particular benefit from this aspect.

Developing Creativity and Flexibility

Teaching English to speakers of other languages involves both of these. Because the classes are usually conducted in English, one must often be very creative in order to convey difficult concepts to students who may not understand English well enough to simply explain the idea. The ESL teacher may resort to role-play, visual aids, games or any number of other devices in order to teach aspects of the language. This is where flexibility comes into play as well. The best-laid plans can and do fail, and English teachers must be able to think on their feet. When things go wrong in the classroom and teachers realize their point just isn't getting across, they need the ability to make a quick shift into another mode of explanation. Keeping a group engaged in this way and changing to meet their needs is another valuable work skill.

Networking Opportunities 

Often, English teachers find themselves teaching classes of business people. For the teacher who hopes to move into international business work, these students can actually provide great connections for a future career. Social networking with other English teachers can be a valuable way to make connections that could be powerful in the future as well. This allows teachers to connect outside their immediate circles and with others who are teaching all over the world.

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This article was published on 2013/04/08