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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.

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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Donna Hutchinson
Newly-qualified TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

In comparison to last year, this winter has been decidedly warmer and wetter. Much to my relief, London did not shut down due to a couple of snowflakes. Also, in a stark comparison, last year I was working in a bar at its busiest time – so busy I felt like I lived there. But this year, for most of the winter, I have been experiencing a distinct dry spell in terms of EFL work (of course I’m putting aside the Christmas break). It has been a rather frustrating experience.

As a teacher without even a year’s experience, it is decidedly more difficult to find work over the colder seasons without going to China. There are jobs available in London, I’ve seen them, but they demand much more experience than appears on my CV. However, I’m convinced that if I could just get to the interview stage I would stand a better chance; but breaking through that first online barrier is hard enough.

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

How to find a TEFL Job in the Autumn.

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With the wonderful warm weather we are having in London at the moment it certainly doesn’t seem like the summer is over. However on the job front things are quite different and there is certainly a lot less work about for TEFL teachers.

For those new to TEFL teaching or the London TEFL scene summer is by far the busiest time for language schools. This is because there is an influx of students and young learners from Europe who use their summer break as a chance to come to the UK to improve their English. This in turn means a huge demand from the language schools for additional teachers. Once these students start to make their way back to Europe at the end of the summer the demand for teachers also starts to dry up.

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

TEFL Teaching in London over Summer

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Summer is the busiest time for English language schools in London, with many schools taking on two, three or four times their average student numbers. This often requires language schools to hire out additional buildings from schools and universities nearby in order to have enough classroom space. The additional students are mainly from Europe, keen to improve their English while they are away from work or university during the summer holidays. The summer also sees a higher proportion of young learners in London than throughout the rest of the year.

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

TEFL Home Tutoring in London.

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Home stays are a popular part of many study abroad programs and this is no less so in the TEFL industry. Some people will volunteer to take in overseas students free of charge as a cultural experience for themselves and their children.

TEFL teachers can make a profitable income from taking in students from overseas by becoming home tutors. There are a few language schools in the UK such as Regent and EJO now offering this service. Teachers can earn upwards of £480 per week for providing tuition plus board and lodgings for overseas students.

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

TEFL CV – Advice for London Teachers

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Writing a good TEFL CV is key to getting teaching work at language schools in London. Competition is tough so spending an extra few minutes checking to make sure you have included all the relevant content can make all the difference. TEFL Jobs London gives a few tips on how to improve your chances.

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

Finding EFL teaching work in London in 2011

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2011 is fast approaching, and the beginning of the year will be the best time to apply for London based TEFL Jobs.

During the early part of the year language schools in London will be making preparations for their busy summer period and looking to get additional teachers in place. It is important they start this process early as the application process can take a number of weeks to complete. As well as looking at CVs, Directors of Study will want to interview candidates, take up references and verify degree and teaching certificates. Additionally it is becoming more common for language schools to carry out CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks on teachers, particularly if they are going to be working with young learners. This process can take a number of weeks to complete.

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