As an English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher, you’ll teach English to adults and children whose first or main language is not English.
You’ll use a range of course books and materials, plus a variety of audio-visual aids, to encourage students to communicate with each other using the structures and vocabulary they’ve learnt and to improve the four basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. A strong emphasis is placed on dialogue and role-playing, but more formal exercises language games and literature are also used.
As an English as a foreign language teacher, you’ll need to:
- plan, prepare and deliver lessons to a range of classes and age groups
- prepare and set tests, examination papers and exercises
- mark and provide appropriate feedback on oral and written work
- devise, write and produce new materials, including audio and visual resources
- organise and get involved in social and cultural activities such as sports competitions, school parties, dinners and excursions
- attend and contribute to training sessions
- participate in marketing events for the language school
- prepare information for inspection visits and other quality assurance exercises
- undertake administrative tasks, such as keeping student registers and attendance records.
You’ll need to have:
- excellent spoken and written communication skills
- effective listening skills
- creative skills and ideas for planning practical and interesting lessons
- excellent planning and organisation skills
- a friendly and confident manner
- the ability to work well under pressure
- a flexible approach to work
- cultural sensitivity, tolerance and patience.