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Making Money in Teaching English As a Foreign Language

Making Money in Teaching English As a Foreign Language

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I teach WHEN I want, WHERE I want, and WHO I want. I can do my job from anywhere in the world, or even from my own LIVING ROOM. I don’t have to commute anywhere or drive anywhere. I can CHOOSE who I want to teach and HAND-PICK my students. I’m totally IMMUNE to budget cuts, recessions, and politicians who want to SLASH my pay. Are you unhappy in your current teaching position? Do you want this type of lifestyle?
I teach WHEN I want, WHERE I want, and WHO I want. I can do my job from anywhere in the world, or even from my own LIVING ROOM. I don’t have to commute anywhere or drive anywhere. I can CHOOSE who I want to teach and HAND-PICK my students. I’m totally IMMUNE to budget cuts, recessions, and politicians who want to SLASH my pay. Are you unhappy in your current teaching position? Do you want this type of lifestyle?

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 ==== ====I teach WHEN I want, WHERE I want, and WHO I want. I can do my job from anywhere in theworld, or even from my own LIVING ROOM. I don’t have to commute anywhere or drive anywhere.I can CHOOSE who I want to teach and HAND-PICK my students. I’m totally IMMUNE to budgetcuts, recessions, and politicians who want to SLASH my pay. Are you unhappy in your currentteaching position? Do you want this type of lifestyle? Then simply CLICK on the link below.http://24f33r0zxk0l6o7b2gwcqpfg0y.hop.clickbank.net/  ==== ====First some context about the TEFL/ESL/TESOL labour market to think about. The market forEnglish language learning in the world is booming. Compare the world now with that of twentyyears ago. Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe is in its death throes, China is beginningthe transition to capitalism, South America is emerging from a decade of turmoil and dictatorship,the EEC is deciding to become the European Union, the Internet and email is in its infancy, butexpanding rapidly. All these global changes since then have unleashed the force of English as aglobal language and it is vital to understand that there are billions of dollars spent on learning itevery year. It's time to bring some of those dollars your way. Yet why when there are billions of dollars spent on English learning every year, do jobs stilladvertise only a thousand US dollar salaries a month? Well, unfortunately the labour market forTEFL/ESL/TESOL attracts people from Western countries who, because of their desire to liveabroad, are happy to live on nothing. The economic reality is that wages in TEFL/ESL/TESOL aredragged down as a result. The secret to high TEFL/ESL salaries are knowing the local Englishlearning labour market. Just follow these eight techniques to land yourself a lucrative, highly paid job teaching English. 1. Get Qualified In the supply of and demand for English teachers, teaching qualifications are becoming the rule,not the exception. To stand a chance of getting a job, let alone a high salary, you have to investthe time and money into getting qualified. Entry level TEFL/ESL qualifications comprise essentiallyof the Cambridge CELTA/CertTESOL. These are month-long training courses that cost around$1500-2000. By 2009, it is clear that the CELTA is becoming the industry norm. This course isworthy of investing in, not only because it will teach you how to teach, but employers now expectit. To get a salary raise from CELTA/CertTESOL aim to achieve the top grade the course can offer.In CELTA this is a pass B, followed by a pass A, while the CertTESOL does not officially awardgrades. Achieving above a simple pass shows you're a competent teacher and you are dedicatedto the profession. This may be reflected in a company's pay scales or can be used by you tonegotiate a higher salary. Therefore it is vital to take these training courses seriously and preparecomprehensively for them. Do not even consider doing an online or distance teaching course. These are a poor investment of
your money and are run by unscrupulous organisations keen to manipulate people's fears ofinvesting a lot of money in an expensive course like CELTA/CertTESOL. But why throw $500-1000 at a course that no school will recognise, let a lone give you pay-related credit for? ForCELTA/CertTESOL qualified teachers, consider raising your salary through further qualifications.Once you have gained two years experience consider investing in the next level diplomas - theseare the Cambridge DELTA/DipTESOL respectively. While both courses require an even largerinvestment in terms of course costs, you will be rewarded by being eligible for promotion to a rolesuch as DOS/ADOS, with comprehensive pay benefits. 2. Choose Your Country Wisely Study the market for English learning very carefully. While the sound of a brilliant-white sandybeach close to a school in Thailand does sound tempting, be aware that it is also tempting forthousands of other people and this will be reflected in a low salary. Consider the pros and cons ofthe following TEFL/ESL/TESOL countries; Western Europe - offer high salaries with (usually) high costs of living. Some of the best TEFLsalaries can be found in France, Germany, the UK (summer schools), offering EUR2000+ amonth, while further south, salaries are drastically lower (only EUR1000+ a month).Eastern Europe and Russia - currently experiencing a TEFL boom with supply of teacherssignificantly lower than demand. Salaries on par with southern Europe already, with people havinga much more dedicated work ethic. The market for private students in Russia is particularlylucrative.The Middle East - salaries are still riding high on the back of oil, with some of the best highsalary/low tax deals. Cost of living is also very low, with many superb amenities provided in Saudi,UAE and Oman. Teacher freedom and happiness is a major issue, however.Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore - high salaries combined with a reasonablestandard of living. Long hours are the norm, but saving thousands of dollars a year is a realisticgoal.South East Asia and China - experiencing a TEFL/ESL boom finally, but this has not beenmatched with corresponding high salaries. The cities offer the best opportunities. Expect bigincreases in the future as markets mature.South America - not a place to go if you want a high TEFL salary. Currency instabilities combinedwith market immaturities mean that this is a risky place to set yourself up. Brazil offers the bestopportunities for serious money making.3. The Job Search Do not apply for jobs online through sites such as TEFL.com/Dave's ESL Café if you areserious about making money. The best job deals are seldom online - it is far better to be proactiveand travel to your preferred destination and conduct the job search on the ground. This isbeneficial for several reasons. Firstly, you can apply to a range of employers and cherry pick thebest deal. Secondly, you can negotiate yourself better terms and conditions by being instantlyavailable. Thirdly, you can suss out the place and language schools to get an idea of whetheryou'll really like it there. Forthly, you can scan the market for private students to see how lucrativeit is. If you are afraid of travelling far because of the risk, consider this; most money makingrequires risk (stocks, shares, property etc). This is no different. 
4. Choose a Language School Very Carefully Do not be desperate and go running to large corporate language chains such as English First,International House, Language Link etc. Such schools offer meagre salaries relative to other localprofessions. How many times do you see big TEFL/ESL schools advertise salaries online? Theydon't because they are so low. They have a high turnover of staff, and prefer teachers with no/littleexperience so salaries are kept at a minimum. Rather than surviving through academic quality,they choose to cash in on their logo/brand perceptions. Instead, scan the local TEFL/ESL marketvery carefully so you understand how it works and how you can make it work in your favour. Whilethe big chains seem dominant, there are usually a myriad of smaller, better-run, more professionaloutfits that are looking for teachers. Often, they recruit locally from the expat community, hencetheir lack of presence online. 5. Get your own clique of private students Once you have established yourself in a private language school in your country of choice, makean effort to get a few private students every week. Depending on the local supply and demand ofteachers, you can charge what you want. Private student rates are nearly always significantlyhigher than school rates. If you are quality, word of mouth often spreads very quickly, and you mayhave more privates on your hands than you can handle. Keep the most profitable ones andexpend with unreliable, poorly paying ones. You don't always have to be well-established in a localschool. If you have just arrived somewhere, simply get out there and advertise. To make the most out of private students, consider running them as micro-classes with two tothree students present. Not only will this be more interesting for you as the teacher, you can gradethe prices so each student pays less individually, but as a whole contribute more than a singlestudent. Also, consider teaching private in-company classes as they can be much better paying.Approach companies with your credentials and offer to teach them in their lunch break for severalweeks. Make (achievable) promises to whoever is organising in-company English classes, so theycan see how effective you are as a teacher. 6. Be Entrepreneurial Do not think of your job being your sole source of revenue. Branch out so you have other meansof bringing home money through TEFL/ESL. You have probably already made quite a fewclassroom handouts. Make them look professional and approach the big three publishers; PearsonLongman, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. Even if they decline yourideas they may want you to do other lucrative work for them. Alternatively, if publishers are notyour thing, consider selling your handouts online. Everywhere teachers need resources and theonline market for TEFL/ESL supplementary handouts is in its infancy. 7. Get Promoted Teachers of English are often astonished to hear the considerable pay gaps between themselvesand their superiors, ADOSs and DOSs. If you are in TEFL/ESL for the long haul, gain moreexperience and qualifications to rise up the career ladder. The perks are often great; more moneyobviously, better working hours and conditions, a company car even. If you find yourself in acompany with no apparent system for promotions; get out. Do not invest your precious time and

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