How to become a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Tutor

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: February 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

TEFL tutors teach English as a foreign language, either in the UK teaching migrants and visitors to the country, or abroad teaching foreign citizens. Freelance tutors tend to be hired directly by students rather than by language schools, which generally employ their own tutors. They teach students on a one-to-one basis or in groups. Some TEFL tutors combine freelance work with periods of employment in language schools and other institutions.

TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) is a term commonly applied to English language tuition at all levels and to all ages, often in the context of business or academic study. Other commonly used abbreviations include TESL (teaching English as a second language) and TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages), and these usually refer to basic English tuition delivered to non-English speakers living in the UK or another English-speaking country.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a freelance TEFL tuition service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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