Around 2 billion of the earth’s population speaks English. Of this massive 2+ billion people who speak English, only 400 million are native English speakers. OK, this is not a maths lesson, but with these numbers, over a billion people on earth somehow had to learn English as a foreign language.
The prestigious British Council publishes these estimates. The report says that “there are an estimated 400 million people who speak English as a first language, 7-800 million people who speak English as a second language and around a billion more speak English as a foreign language.”
These are big numbers.
They tell us that there will always be work if you are qualified and certified to teach English.
Train to be an English teacher
TEFL and TESOL are your friends when you want to reach out and explore, see and marvel at this beautiful planet that we all share. These two acronyms, TEFL and TESOL, are also your new best friends when you want to finance your travels. We all know that travel can be expensive so working your way to travel by teaching English is a great bonus.
You may be thinking, “you make it sound so easy”. However, it can be that easy.
EBC has been teaching TESOL and TEFL courses for quite a long time, 18 years to be exact. As such, we have had our fair share of fun, friendship, and, of course, TEFL and TESOL knowhow acquired from our excellent Trinity CertTESOL teaching team.
EBC has its own mini United Nations ready to teach English as a second language
We want to share one fascinating fact: the number of different nationalities we have had on our courses. As of the last count, we have had 70 nationalities! Simply awesome!
We have had students from these countries: the USA, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, France, Austria, Hungary, The Netherlands, Malta, Greece, Italy, Poland, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel, Bulgaria, Rumania, Iran, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, Lithuania, Latvia, Serbia, South Africa, Liberia, Egypt, Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, India, Philippines, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Guatemala, Chile, Brazil, Nicaragua and Honduras.
I have lots of memories of these lovely people I have met, so I hope I did not miss out on any country.
Come and join our mini UN and learn how to teach English
Firstly, get yourself trained and certified. Contact your Trinity College CertTESOL school in the country of your choice. My take is if you are going to spend time, money and effort getting training to teach English, you may as well go for the Trinity CertTESOL gold-standard certificate.
Every Trinity CertTESOL we run is independently checked and moderated by Trinity external moderators. Therefore, the quality of your training meets the highest standards. The Trinity stamp of approval and quality is now one of the two “gold-standard” TEFL certificates trusted by TEFL employers worldwide. The British Council accepts the Trinity CertTESOL as an initial TESOL or TEFL qualification. This means that you can teach in its global network of accredited English schools. Other TEFL certificates do not let you do this. The Trinity CertTESOL can also give you up to 60 credits towards degree programmes.
Secondly, check if you need a visa for the country you want to do your Trinity College CertTESOL course. Can you do your Trinity CertTESOL course online? Can you do the CertTESOL course first and then apply for your visa? If you do need a visa, ask the school what programmes they have that include a visa so that you can study and work legally in the country of your choice.
Thirdly, get your pre-admission testing organised. Make sure you prepare for these tests because they determine if you get accepted.
When you are accepted to the Trinity College CertTESOL course, get the ball rolling. Read up on your new country. Get your visa documentation ready. Pay your fee. Brush up on the language of your new country. Organise your accommodation.
If you take your Trinity CertTESOL in Madrid, start looking for accommodation as early as two months before your course start date. Look into Airbnb’s, student housing, flatshares, etc. If you are doing the course online, plan out your work strategy after the TEFL course. Do you want to teach online first? Getting as much EFL / ESL teaching experience is essential, so why not start by teaching online?
Before your course starts, your school should give you a Welcome Pack with instructions about what to bring, preparatory work, administrative details, etc.
Finally, psyche yourself for your new adventure. Get yourself ready for your CertTESOL course. Whether you choose to study online or face to face, your TEFL / TESOL training will prepare you for your future travels. Travelling and making new friends as you explore the world is something everyone must experience. To sum this up in one word, priceless.
The year 2020 will be remembered for quite different reasons but hey, in times like these, make optimism your friend. Use this time to get ready for your future.
To quote a famous comedienne (Lucille Ball)
“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”
Being optimistic can help you change your life and achieve your goals. Optimism can empower you to overcome your challenges and strive for success and happiness. Due to the ups and downs of the year 2020, it was tough to remain positive. However, during the tough times, a reminder that things will get better is all you need.
May 2021 bring you better times and the happiest of travels very soon.