Teach English in Europe
Europe has long been a popular teaching abroad destination due to the rich history, modern cities, great transport links and also international mix of people. Every country is different and offers a unique experience. There are 50 countries in Europe and options to teach English and other languages are available in most.
TEFL Courses & Teaching Jobs in Europe
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A Guide to Teaching English in Europe
Europe is one of the most popular destinations for newly qualified TEFL teachers, most countries are easily connected by international airports. A lot of people teach full time whilst there are also lots of part time and summer positions available. You could apply to work at public, private or international schools, lead private lessons, help people with their business English, work at a English language summer camp or get a long term contact with a language academy. Search summer and year round TEFL and language jobs in Europe today.
Best TEFL Destinations in Europe
Where you go really depends on personal choice, each country offers something different and we recommend you research all before applying. The cost of living can vary dramatically - this continent has expensive and cheap places, you are best viewing our individual country teaching guides for more information.
Summer TEFL Jobs in Europe
Why not spend your summer break working as a language camp in Europe. This is an amazing way to live abroad, meet new people, have a lot of fun and also get paid. You will also get free time to explore your new surroundings!
Teach English in Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe is becoming increasingly popular, top destinations include Czech Republic and Hungary where the cost of living is a lot lower than countries like England and Italy but wages also might be lower. Please always check feedback from current teachers and people who have taught in the past for their experiences and recommendations.
Top Tips for Teaching English in Europe
- Learn local words and phrases for your destination
- Know the best times and places to find employment
- Research work permits in advance before departing
- Work out how much you will get paid to what the cost of living is
- Learn about local culture and etiquette
- Consider un-paid positions to gain experience (view volunteer programs in Europe)
How much you get paid really depends on the job, school, agency and location.
TEFL Courses in Europe
Thinking about getting TEFL certified? Consider taking a TEFL course in Europe! There are classroom certifications available to book throughout the continent which can be joined all year round. Once you have completed a TEFL course you will have a qualification to seek employment anywhere in Europe or around the world.
You can study for your TEFL Qualification in most European countries, where you go and when really depends on your time frame and interests. Europe is a very popular continent to take a TEFL course, there are language schools and TEFL organisations located throughout this region who can help you get qualified. There are lots of internationally recommended and acclaimed TEFL courses you can take, you will need to research all options as each different country offers a different experience.
You can choose a start date and join TEFL courses anytime throughout the year.
Why Take a TEFL Course in Europe
By taking a TEFL course in Europe you will be taught very useful techniques and skills about teaching English, this will come in very useful when you teach English abroad, for example on most courses you will learn language skills like listening, speaking, reading and writing, get tips on how to plan lessons and also be given guidance on how best to lead lessons and help pupils. You do not need any qualifications to take a TEFL course and no previous teaching experience is needed, we list certification courses in countries throughout Europe so have a browse and see what takes your interest.
Best Places to Take a TEFL Certification in Europe
The thought of living somewhere where you could get on a plane and within two or three hours being in a different country, with a different language, and a different culture, is incredibly exciting. With Europe on your doorstep, and cheap flight deals popping up all the time, taking TEFL courses in Europe are more popular and more affordable than ever, but deciding where to go can be tricky. Where you go really comes down to personal preference.
Types of Courses
Classroom - Taking a classroom TEFL course in Europe is a very population option, you will learn with a teacher and also get to meet lots of other TEFL'ers. Most classes are very relaxed and you will learn a lot of new skills from an experienced teacher
Online - If you are looking to get qualified on a flexible time frame or just want to the freedom to learn from anywhere in Europe we recommend signing up to an online TEFL course. You will be able to study in your own time and where ever in the world you desire, this means you won't need to attend any classes in person
In-class TEFL Training Courses Include
- Airport greeting and transfer upon arrival (in most locations)
- Comfortable, private accommodation
- Lesson preparation guided by qualified, experienced teacher trainers
- Comprehensive lesson planning, lesson evaluation and feedback
- Training sessions on language awareness, teaching skills and classroom management
- Observation of experienced teachers in a genuine classroom environment
- All course and teaching materials
- Observation of peers' teaching practice with actual students of English
- Additional career development seminars
- Access to support services and online teaching materials
What Your Will Learn
TEFL courses aim to provide a solid foundation for teaching English in Europe and elsewhere in the world. Upon completion of the Combined course, graduates will have a good working knowledge of the English grammatical system, a sound awareness of the skills and teaching techniques required for successful language teaching and experience of teaching actual students of English.
Here is a brief overview of what you will learn on a course:
- Basic principles of teaching
- Classroom Management
- Error Correction
- Lesson Planning
- Use of Visual & Audio Aids
- Teaching group classes: beginner, pre-intermediate, intermediate, advanced
- Conversational English
- Teaching grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation
- Language Awareness
Classroom TEFL certifications cost around 1000 Euros and can be booked in multiple currencies. On our website you can find and book courses, for some you will need to pay a deposit or the full amount upfront. The course fees are inclusive of course-related lessons, materials, teaching practice, assessments, certificates, references, lifetime job assistance and more. There are no hidden costs or extra charges so the prices you see on the site are the prices you will pay.
Help & Advice
If you need any help arranging a TEFL course anywhere in Europe please get in touch. No matter where you go in Europe you are bound to experience a different culture and learn something new about the city or location you are studying in. No two people will have the same experience of the same city, which is what makes taking a TEFL course in Eurooe so great and so unique. The list of great places to study is almost endless.
Our top advice is, no matter where you go, would be this: research. Go online, get a guide book, or talk to people who have been there – find out what there is to do and see in a city before you go, and that way you will avoid missing out on anything (even if you decide not to do or see certain things). With a weekend TEFL course in Europe, time is limited, so knowing what it is you want to do and see while you are there will help you manage your time and fit everything in.
Europe TEFL Reviews & Experiences
If you have ever been to teach in Europe and would like to share your experience or review a language school or agency write an article for our website.
"At the beginning of July, the Canterbury TEFL directors helped us work at the English Adventures campsite - a language summer camp in Spain. As counselors, we were given separate living courters from the children and a day or two to prepare before the campers arrived. Then, the next month was a whirlwind. We awoke around 8 each morning to eat breakfast with the campers and break into our separate groups. Each counselor was assigned different activities to lead throughout the day, ranging from sports, to arts and crafts, to cooking, to filming our own music videos with the children.
The activities were conducted solely in English (with the help of a bit of miming and gestures sometimes) and were different each day. The counselors were given several short breaks throughout the day, but with the wide range of activities and never-ending energy of the children, the month of work at English Adventures flew by. We had dance parties, a carnival, hiking excursions, a bit of pool time each day, and even our own MTV-style video awards ceremony. The job requires a lot of enthusiasm, energy, and creativity, but it is an unforgettable experience." - Megan Dorris, USA
"I have been teaching in Prague for over 5 years now, I love this city and the job. Some advice, private lessons pay more than a full time position" - Scott , UK
"I took a TEFL course in the UK then got hired to teach in Spain. The job isn't easy at first, but you will soon pick it up. If you are going to be teaching in Europe I would highly recommend learning the local language this makes the whole experience easier." - Matt B, UK