Advice for new teachers

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Are you a new teacher needing advice, or an individual thinking of starting out in TEFL? We attempt to give you some pointers to web resources on teacher training, planning lessons, and so on here.


A number of TEFL Qualifications are available, albeit at some cost, but obtaining one is highly recommended. Most schools will probably want you to have an existing university degree in some subject, but if you don't have one of these you still might find a place although it will probably entail more looking. If you want to get some idea of the sort of things you will have to learn then TEFL Boot Camp will probably be of interest.

Moving to another country

Many people may wish to move to another country to work - indeed, this may be their primary motive. Justlanded provides a wealth of information which will be invaluable to new residents.

For those wanting to get a feel for the life of an English teacher, Thepaininspain is an amusing and informative blog.

Some information about specific schools may be found at the Teflblacklist.

Getting advice

You are most welcome to ask for advice here (click on the discussion tab above), but other, external, resources include the very helpful ESL HQ and Tefldaddy.


The TEFL world is rife with acronyms and you will need to learn quite a few. Our ever-growing list is here.

Other useful sites

We can also recommend: Spokenskills, Englishraven and, for your students, English-online and Manythings. Our list of sites which provide free lessons will certainly interest you as well.

Clearly you should also take a look at Dave's ESL Cafe - the granddaddy of them all along with its associated job discussion forum; and also sign up for the free TEFL newspaper at English language gazette.

If you want something quick and easy for a class then our article on conversation questions for TEFL classes has some good advice and links.

Placement tests

Once you have new students you will want to know their level.

Working for a school or freelance

Working for a school and working freelance have different advantages and disadvantages as our School v freelance article discusses; however schools are often the best place for new teachers to start as that article points out.

Creating your own classes

If you feel really adventurous then you could follow our guidelines about creating your own topical class.

Other ways of teaching

There are more ways of teaching students than in a classroom. Our article other ways of teaching talks about these.

See also