What is an English Teacher Abroad?

English Teacher Abroad Job Description

Teaching English as a foreign language (also known as Teaching English Abroad) involves teaching English to students whose primary language is not English, whether in the teacher’s home country or abroad.


Teachers may work in commercial language schools, elementary, middle, secondary and post-secondary institutions, either at home or overseas.


Some may also teach on behalf of a school or private organization, while others are self-employed. Students may be of all ages and levels and in various class sizes.



Typical Job Duties

• Plan, prepare and deliver lessons to students

• Prepare and administer tests and examinations

• Mark tests, examinations and assignments, and give feedback to assist with the development of the student

• Manage and supervise the classroom

• May participate in marketing events on behalf of the school

• May teach on a one-to-one basis or teach an entire class of students

• May involve the knowledge of scientific, technical or commercial terms, depending on the level of the class being taught



Scholarships for Becoming an English Teacher Abroad

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as an English Teacher Abroad. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our All Scholarships by Major page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming an English Teacher Abroad. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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