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Advice for London TEFL teachers

By Neil Root
Neil Root is a writer and London based English Language teacher with 10 years experience.

Finding Tefl Jobs In London- A Quick Guide

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Most TEFL teachers in London are freelance, unless they are lucky enough to have a secure position. Due to the economic recession and Euro Crisis and the tightening up of Home Office visa requirements in the last two years, these jobs have never been more difficult to find. This means that to be a TEFL teacher in London you have to be something of a maverick to keep going. Although there ways to survive.

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By Neil Root
Neil Root is a writer and London based English Language teacher with 10 years experience.

Cover TEFL teaching in London

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With the London TEFL industry being very sporadic in regard to teaching opportunities in autumn, winter and early spring, being a cover teacher for permanent staff off sick or on holiday is a major part of surviving as a TEFL teacher in the capital. Being a cover teacher is an art, and there are ways to streamline your approach to these short-term roles.

Remember that you are taking the class for anything for one hour to a fortnight or three weeks. You may think that the class you will enter will be used to their regular teacher and miss that teacher, and this may daunt you. But not necessarily – most London TEFL schools rotate their teachers at regular intervals, to keep their teaching fresh. Also, no teacher is everybody’s favourite. This is an important lesson to learn- you have skills that other teachers do not, and they ones which you don’t possess. So be ‘yourself’, as students respond to confidence and a fluent lesson.

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By Neil Root
Neil Root is a writer and London based English Language teacher with 10 years experience.

How To Impress A London Tefl School

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The London TEFL market is a tough and fast-moving one, and to get regular, permanent or repeat work at a good school, you have to impress. Be the go-to person they call when they need a teacher for cover or a long teaching contract. So much of your career in London TEFL is in your hands, even in turbulent teaching times.

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By Neil Root
Neil Root is a writer and London based English Language teacher with 10 years experience.

River Thames

London is a city with scores of English language schools, some more established than others. With your Trinity TESOL/CELTA/DELTA accreditation, you have the passport to apply for jobs at any of these schools – one or two even take non-qualified teachers – one school in central London was recently advertising for teaching ‘interns’- no qualifications or experience required, 25 hours teaching a week for £450 a month! For the professional teacher of course, such schools are to be avoided. The kite mark of real quality is of course the British Council stamp of approval, and such schools have high standards and can offer more career development, but obviously in return, higher teaching standards and attendance at training workshops (sometimes unpaid) are expected, and observations and feedback are usually given on a regular basis.

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By Claire Woodall
TEFL teacher who has taught in Austria and London, and is currently teaching in Spain

Claire and her classHaving taught English in London for two years, here’s five tips I hope are useful to other teachers who find themselves lucky enough to be teaching in the cultural capital of the world.

Tip 1: Use the topic of London as a main class resource
London provides hours worth of material and can be adapted for nearly every language point.  Students will all be able to contribute – ask students what they like/dislike about London transport and the weather, and even your quietest students should come alive.

Likewise, use the resources London provides: free papers and magazines.  Headlines or horoscopes can be used as warmers, while longer articles are good for colloquial language.  With some more planning, you can create a quiz on one of the freebie papers as a longer reading exercise.

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By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at TEFL Jobs London

TEFL in London – Life as a Teacher

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TEFL work in London is plentiful but there are also many qualified teachers in the city, so the competition is stiff. There are over 200 language schools mostly located in the upmarket central areas of the city such as Kensington and Covent Garden. You generally need a minimum of a university degree plus CELTA/Trinity qualification to be considered for teaching work. Becoming a full time member of the teaching team is tough and most teachers start on hourly paid contracts. Most teachers are hired during or in the run up to the busy summer period from June to August, so its best to start applying early on in the year.

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