Is it one of the requirements to teach English abroad? In most cases you don't have to be able to speak the native language to teach English abroad. Many schools may even prefer that you don't have a knowledge of the local language, as they want you to converse with the students in English. But how can I teach them you may ask?

Well actually translation is just one of seven methods of teaching. It's the oldest method, but it's not necessarily the best. Words and meaning can be taught through other means such as: using pictures, body language, objects, synonyms, antonyms, kinds of and more.

Learning the local language is a good idea though for outside the classroom. Having a knowledge of the local language will help you get around and connect with your new foreign friends.

Are there any exceptions to the rule? Sure, I have seen some schools in Japan and China note that they would prefer a teacher with a basic knowledge of the local language, however it is not the norm.


#2 Ian 2012-11-10 13:56
@Michaela Sorry I am not familiar with Vancouver.
#1 Michaela 2012-11-09 09:51
Hi, I wish to find out more about TEFL jobs available in Vancouver. I have a 80 hour TEFL Certificate quaaificltion through the i-to-i website. I also have a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in English and Legal Science, a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Honours Degree and a Higher Diploma in English. I would love to gain some TEFL work experience in Vancouver. I will be available for work from Monday November 21st onwards.ThanksMegan

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