One of the first questions potential students ask, and it’s a good one, is whether it’s possible to find a job as an ESL instructor. The answer to that is a resounding yes! Here are the stories of some TESL@TFLI graduates who are working around the world and in the local ESL community.
Trained ESL teachers are in high demand internationally, particularly in Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Russia. Western Europe is a much more difficult market, although there are TESL@TFLI graduates teaching there as well. Most overseas work is full-time.
Locally, part-time jobs are abundant and full-time jobs relatively rare. Many people are very successful putting together a succession of part-time assignments, but it does require flexibility as well as the ability to market yourself.
We frequently receive requests from local ESL providers to send them our graduates. Former students teaching in other countries also let us know of openings at their schools. TESL@TFLI graduates may view the most recent requests on the ESL Jobs Board (password required).
The average pay for teaching ESL in the U.S. is about $20 per hour with no payment for the time it takes to prepare lessons. Although community colleges pay per semester rather than by the hour, this still works out to be the average pay. Some community colleges pay only $18 per hour but will pay for an additional hour of prep time. TFLI pays from $18-$25 per hour with no pay for prep time. Salaries overseas can vary widely depending on the country, the local market, and supply and demand.
While TFLI has relationships with recruiting companies and with many other organizations and thus receives many job bulletins and notices of openings, especially in the Nashville area, we are not recruiters and cannot guarantee you job placement. We are, however, committed to assisting you in your career path and frequently write letters of recommendation and review contracts for TESL@TFLI graduates. An international job guide and other job resources are provided as part of the TESL@TFLI course.
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