Want to Teach English? 7 Reasons to try a TESOL Course


If you’re thinking about teaching people English skills to those who don’t speak English as their first language, studying a TESOL course may be for you. TESOL, or Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages, courses help you to learn the skills required in order to teach others efficiently. Whether you’re working overseas or from your home country teaching international students, you can make a difference to people’s lives and help them learn more about other cultures through learning English. If you’re not sure if it’s the best course for you, here are a few top reasons to go ahead and enrol.

1. You want to travel

If you want to travel across the globe, but want an income whilst you do so, completing a TESOL course can help you do just that. If you’re skilled in teaching other English, you’ll be able travel to different countries and still earn a wage whilst travelling. English teachers are in huge demand throughout the world, so job prospects for this kind of role is quite high.

2. You can have a specialist area

Although teaching English will be your ultimate outcome, having a specialist area to provide your services is a great idea. Possessing other skills such as information technology, graphic design, marketing, business administration, medical skills or accounting could be your specialist area for teaching English. Therefore, if you have career experience in a particular field, you’ll be able to use this experience towards a specialist area in teaching English.

3. You’re passionate about helping others

If you’re passionate about being able to teach and make a difference to other people’s lives, you will find that teaching English will be highly rewarding. Learning English provides a highly valuable skill to others that can open up opportunities and assist them in a number of ways. This may certainly be the motivation you need to succeed in your new teaching career.

4. You’re a problem solver

Not everyone learns in the same way. Because everyone learns via different techniques and methods, it helps to be an on-your-feet thinker in order to develop ideas and strategies that improve the quality of your teaching. The ability to think quickly will help you determine which methods work best for your students; in terms of dealing with varying learning styles and speeds.

5. Training is simple

Training and studying a TESOL course is relatively simple. If you have a good grasp of English and grammar, you might find studying a TESOL course to be rather simple. This could mean that you gain a qualification within months rather than years, through a simple and streamlined course.

6. Learn about other cultures

You can be a student in your own classroom when teaching overseas. It’s amazing how much you will learn about another culture, simply by interacting with the locals. You will often pick up other parts of their language such as slang terms and other cultural differences between teaching sessions in the classroom. Not only can you learn more about their culture, but you might end up learning another language yourself!

7. Boost your resume

Even if you don’t think you’ll be teaching long-term, a TESOL course is a great way to boost the skills on your resume. Consider the skills you would acquire from teaching English overseas, such as communicating across cultural barriers, leadership skills, teaching and understanding a second language (even if it is just conversational). Not only would your resume benefit from undertaking a TESOL course, but the opportunities that it opens up are endless too! Contact the International Career Institute today to talk about a future teaching English.

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Gladys Mae


Gladys Mae serves as the General Manager and Head of Student Services at the International Career Institute. Gladys holds a degree in Mass Communication - Broadcast Media from the University of San Jose-Recoletos. She joined ICI in 2010 and has over the past 12 years been instrumental in providing leadership and guidance to staff and students alike. Prior to joining ICI Gladys led a multifaceted career with key roles in the banking and business process outsourcing industries.